Living in New Zealand guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in New Zealand with the expat guide

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General information
  • New Zealand consists of two main islands. Its capital city is Wellington while Auckland, Christchurch and Hamilton are its largest cities.

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Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • You must apply for a marriage license at the New Zealand Internal Affairs Department to get married in the country. However, you must be legally free.

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  • To travel to New Zealand, you need to check with the New Zealand Immigration Department if you need a passport or a visa.

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  • On your arrival in New Zealand, you have to declare your belongings to the customs. Tobacco and alcohol can be imported in small quantities.

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Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • The Working Holiday Visa (WHV) allowing you to work in New Zealand during 12 months if you are between 18 and 30 years old.

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  • To work in New Zealand, you can choose among different types of work visas: the skilled migration visa, the work to residence visa, the Working Holiday Visa (WHV), etc.

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • Hamilton, in New Zealand, has a thriving and booming economy. Several sectors such as industry, research, technology are recruiting foreign manpower.

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  • Dunedin, in New Zealand, offers many job opportunities in various sectors, including information technology and communication, education, tourism, etc.

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  • The economy of Christchurch, is mainly based on the agriculture and agri-food exports. There are also many industries which have a huge employment potential.

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  • Wellington, in New Zealand, has a dynamic labor market. It is possible to find a job in the fields of engineering, ICT, tourism, etc.

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  • Auckland, one of the largest New Zealand cities, is considered as the country's economic capital city. Many international and multinational companies are found there.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Various types of accommodation are available in Hamilton, New Zealand. You can consider renting, studios, apartments, houses and villas and flat-sharing.

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  • Dunedin, located in the South Island of New Zealand, has several residential neighborhoods. Different types of housing are available.

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  • In Wellington, you can opt for renting a studio, an apartment or a house, a roommate or a hostel. Accommodation prices are higher in residential areas than in the suburbs.

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  • Christchurch, New Zealand, offers a variety of rental options: apartments, studios, houses. Find info on the housing market.

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  • You will find several types of housing in Auckland, New Zealand. Houses, apartments and studios are easily available but prices vary.

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Student visa, University registration
  • New Zealand has many universities where you can pursue your higher studies. You must obtain a student visa with the New Zealand embassy in your country.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • You must be a habitual or permanent resident of New Zealand to benefit of its public health care system. You are advised to subscribe to a health insurance.

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Open and manage a bank account
  • To open a bank account in New Zealand, you will have to produce your identification documents, a proof of residency and your international debit card.

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Tax system, income tax
  • New Zealand's tax system is quite low compared to other countries. Income tax varies between 10.5 and 33%.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • There are different means of transport in New Zealand. Airplanes and ferry services connect the two main islands. You will also find buses, trains, taxis, etc.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • An international driver's license will allow you to drive in New Zealand during one year. You then have to obtain a national driver's license.

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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • If you are moving to New Zealand, you are advised to hire international removal professionals along with a proper planning.

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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Different types of internet connection are available in New Zealand. You can choose among narrow-band, broadband, cable connection and wireless connection.

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  • You can subscribe to a land line, rent or buy mobile phone to make calls in New Zealand. Prepaid cards are available for national and international calls.

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Several types of sports are practiced in New Zealand: rugby, cricket, golf, basketball, boating, etc. You can enroll in a club or just attend tournaments.

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  • You can explore New Zealand by going on an adventure tour in native forests, discover the Maori sanctuaries, exotic beaches and islands.

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  • To travel to New Zealand with your pet, you must first obtain an authorization from the Ministry of biosecurity Primary Industries and the customs department.

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  • Education in New Zealand is compulsory as from the age of 6 years. But you can entrust your 0-5 years old children to a child care center or preschool.

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