If you’re planning on moving across the Tasman Sea, then you need to make sure you have everything sorted when changing your address before moving to New Zealand. Whether you are living in your own home or a rental property, it is your responsibility to notify all the relevant parties about your change of address from Australia to New Zealand. Things can quickly become complicated if you don’t take these steps, so make sure you tick off this entire checklist before moving to New Zealand from Australia.
Overseas Packers & Shippers has years of experience as overseas removalists helping Australians find a new home in New Zealand. With this checklist handy, you won’t have anything to worry about when changing your address during your move to the land of the long white cloud.
Notifying the New Zealand and Australian Post
When moving to New Zealand, you need to notify the postal offices in both Australia and New Zealand. This can be done in person, online, or via a phone call. The reason for this is so that your mail can be delivered to the correct address moving forward, giving you peace of mind that you won’t have to chase up the new occupants of your past Australian address to pass on your letters, bills, and parcels.
We also strongly recommend you create a forwarding address from your old Australian residency to your new home in New Zealand for at least 12 months. This way, any mail that is addressed to you will simply get passed on overseas to where you now live.
Updating Your Driver’s Licence
When you move to New Zealand from Australia, you need to change your driver’s licence to one that is recognised by the New Zealand Transport Agency. Not only will your New Zealand driver’s licence allow you to legally drive in the country, but it will act as an important form of identification as it will include your new address on it.
To convert to a New Zealand licence, you will have to complete the following steps:
- Fill out the relevant application form
- Present identifying evidence such as your passport or birth certificate
- Pass an eyesight test to prove it is legally safe for you to drive
- Show your Australian driver’s licence
- Take a new photo and write down your signature
- Pay the application fee
Obtaining a New Zealand driver’s licence that contains your new address is a valuable document to have after moving to the country.
Notifying Your Bank
One of the most important entities to notify about your change of address to New Zealand is your bank. You can still keep your bank account in Australia, and transfer money over to New Zealand, or you can completely convert your funds to a new account if you are planning on staying permanently.
Either way, you still need to let your Australian bank know about your move to New Zealand. They will need to forward any bank statements and other important financial documentation to your new home address. While this process can be handled over the phone or online, it might be worth visiting your local branch in Australia before you move to explore your different banking options in person.
Moving to New Zealand with Overseas Packers & Shippers
If you are looking for an international moving company in Australia that brings years of experience and a successful track record of shipping over belongings to New Zealand, then trust in the professionals at Overseas Packers & Shippers. For our exceptional international moving services, contact our team today!