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If you are considering making the jump and living and working in New Zealand, then this guide will help get you started. There are many components to an international move and it is important that you start your process nice and early.  

From visas and lifestyle through to work and education, you will need to be across all of it before landing in New Zealand. There are many reasons that Australians move to New Zealand including work, family, and a change of pace. Overseas Packers & Shippers are equipped to help with it all. 

Things To Consider 

Why Live and Work in New Zealand? 

The first thing you need to consider is what the purpose of your move to New Zealand is. Are you wanting to study, work, travel, or join your family? 

Where to Live and Work in New Zealand? 

It is also important to consider where you are going to live in New Zealand. The two major cities are Auckland and Wellington and they both exist on the North Island. This is where the majority of the population lives. However if you are moving to New Zealand from Australia to be closer to the stunning natural landscapes and adventure, then the South Island might suit you better. 

More Things To Consider: 

The primary language of New Zealand is English, and it is pretty essential. You will need to know English for most jobs and for study as well.  

If you are moving to New Zealand to join family or your partner then you should also consider your work opportunities. Depending on your area of work it may be hard to find certain jobs in New Zealand.  

New Zealand Visas 

The best thing about New Zealand is that, as an Australian citizen or resident you do not have to apply for a visa. In fact you can live, work, and study indefinitely in New Zealand under this rule and you will have full access to government benefits. This does not apply if you are an Australian temporary resident.  

If you are a temporary resident or coming from elsewhere you will need to apply for a visa to enter New Zealand. Working visas, student visas, and skilled migrant visas are just some examples of what you may be eligible for.  

Knowing what Visa you are eligible for will also dictate what government funded services you are eligible for. 

Moving to New Zealand 

Once you have decided to move to New Zealand you will need to prepare for your move.  

Your first step will be to find a reputable and reliable international moving company. You will need to conduct some personal research and look at websites and reviews. It is worthwhile considering a company with a longer history of success as this hints at consistency and reliability.  

Then you will need to evaluate your personal belongings and see what you would like to bring. There is less access to affordable furniture in New Zealand, so if costs are a concern it could be more cost efficient to just take your existing furniture. New Zealand can also get significantly colder than Australia, so make sure to bring your extra layers and blankets. If you are not sure about bringing things you can always store them in Australia.  

  • Cars can also be expensive in New Zealand, so it could be worth importing your vehicle.  
  • You will also need to consider moving your pets and how that works. New Zealand does have some pretty strict biosecurity laws that you should  research before moving. 
  • And before you settle on a moving company make sure to request an in-home survey for the most accurate quote.  
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New Zealand Lifestyle 

Life in New Zealand is calm and quiet. It famously has more sheep than people, and is known for its small cities and population size. New Zealand is the perfect place for solitude and relaxation as you can find it just about anywhere.  

The outdoors are a huge part of New Zealand’s lifestyle. It is widely considered to be one of the most naturally beautiful places in the world. Glaciers, lakes, mountains, and forests cover these two islands in abundance and provide marvelous sights. New Zealand is a paradise for outdoors enthusiasts and should be enjoyed at every possible moment.  

New Zealand also has a very progressive culture. It was one of the first countries in the world to give women the right to vote and was the first country in the Asia-Pacific to legalise gay marriage. As can be expected, the country is very safe. 

Education and Work In New Zealand  

Before you start work in New Zealand you will need to secure an IRD number. You will need to consider this process before moving as it greatly affects a range of things including: 

  • earning income 
  • opening a bank account 
  • joining KiwiSaver 
  • applying for benefits 
  • buying, selling or transferring property in New Zealand 

Beyond that, you will need to brush up on New Zealand’s workers rights for employment. These vary from country to country, and it is very important that you know what your rights are as a foreigner. 

Education in New Zealand is of a high standard and quality for both primary, secondary, and tertiary education. Australians are also eligible for domestic fees as opposed to international fees.  

Living And Working In New Zealand Made Easy 

For Australians, living and working in New Zealand could not be easier. No matter your reason for moving overseas, you can rest assured that the process will be easy and simple. Once you have done your research and settled on your decision, get in touch with your chosen removalist company. 

Overseas Packers & Shippers provide free in-home surveys that will ensure you get the most accurate quote. We can also advise on all things international removalists and give you handy tips for settling in New Zealand. Get in touch today to organise a consultation.