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If you are considering jumping across the pond, you might be asking the question – why do Aussies move to New Zealand? Despite being so close, New Zealand has the unique feeling of being otherworldly while homely at the same time.  

New Zealand’s dramatic and beautiful landscape is a huge draw for many, especially as the country is small enough to access all the beautiful places. Its urban spaces are bustling but accessible in size and easily accessible from more rural locations.  

It’s very similar socially and culturally to Australia which means it’s an easy move. Our team at Overseas Packers & Shippers have moved countless individuals overseas and have been part of their moving journey – so we’re sharing some of the top reasons that Australians move to New Zealand. 

It’s easy! 

From Australia, New Zealand is one of the easiest moves you can make. It’s only across the Tasman sea, which means you won’t ever be too far from family if you need to go back to Australia.  

The Trans Tasman Travel Agreement which was created in 1973 allows for mostly free movement across both Australia and New Zealand. While visas are still required, they are easy to access and allow Aussies to work, study, and live in the country with no worries.  

Our team at Overseas Packers & Shippers are trained and committed overseas removalists who ensure your move is simple and hassle free. This ensures that your moving experience to New Zealand will be easy and seamless.  

Access to benefits 

Living in New Zealand gives Australians access to a large range of government benefits like superannuation, healthcare, education and more. In New Zealand, even as a visa holder, Australians largely have access to all the same rights as citizens.  

  • New Zealand superannuation, or Kiwisaver as it is often known, is available to all Australians working in the country. Some providers even allow you to move your Australian retirement fund across.  
  • New Zealand healthcare is free and accessible and Aussies have full access to it as long as they are planning to remain in the country for over two years.  
  • Australians only need to pay domestic fees for university and don’t need to worry about international prices.  
  • Aussies also do not face any restrictions or issues when it comes to buying a property in New Zealand.  

Essentially, Australians are treated largely as well as New Zealand citizens meaning there is no loss when moving overseas.  

COVID has been well handled 

The COVID-19 pandemic has been handled differently across the world, but New Zealand was internationally recognised for their approach. The New Zealand government’s strict quarantine and empathetic leadership has meant that the country has suffered only mildly from the effects of COVID-19.  

All visitors to the country must be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have an approved exemption. This means that this country has a much smaller risk of outbreaks of COVID-19 than other places. It is a great place to live if you are concerned about the continuing effects of the pandemic.  

Moving to New Zealand

The scenery 

New Zealand is widely considered to be one of the most naturally beautiful places on the planet. Its dramatic coastlines, sweeping mountain ranges, and serene fjords make it so that an adventure is just around every corner. 

New Zealand is also a very small country, which is a blessing when compared to Australia, as seeing all of these amazing places is easier to do. The smaller and less dense population also makes rural living more accessible for those working in the urban centres. As well as this, the people are also known for their kindness and great sense of humour, which will only enhance your experience. 

New Zealand is a country that allows its residents to live amongst its most beautiful places which can definitely be difficult to do in Australia.  

New Zealand: An Aussie Adventure 

So why do Aussies move to New Zealand 

Well, New Zealand is beautiful, both inside and out. Its people are kind and welcoming, and it has some of the most beautiful places right outside your door. The country’s government is well-renowned for their empathy and resilience, and the country offers amazing benefits to its citizens as well as their Australian cousins.  

More than all of that however, is the fact that New Zealand is incredibly easy to move to. With the help of a trusted and reliable moving service, moving to New Zealand will be simple and hassle free. New Zealand offers an adventure that is not too far from home. If you are looking to get started on your move to New Zealand, get in contact with our team today.