Essentials to live in New Zealand


As an expat living in New Zealand, what would you advise the ones about to pack to bring along?

What are the items you can easily find in New Zealand? On the other hand, what is less common or quite expensive?

Share with us what you would recommend to bring in one’s suitcase or container when moving to New Zealand.

Thank you in advance,


You can, in theory, get most things over here after the move which was my husbands preference as he wanted a fresh start but I couldn't see us leave behind everything we had accumulated over the years. Felt it was all a part of our family aside from obvious clutter  :lol:

We compromised but eventually ended up putting everything into a full container (I won.) I think we used Excess International's removal service as we found it was the cheapest.

In terms of what to pack in the suitcase i'd advise to plan that long in advance as the stress of moving is certainly not any easier on moving day! We learnt the hard way!

In sum: Think practically but don't adopt the mentality of "leaving it all behind."

Hi Christine, I guess most of things are available in NZ but price may vary depending on the season.  Initial stage of living in NZ you may find it challenging but sooner or later, imports of various products from different countries can be found.

As the others have stated, you can get most anything you want, but mostly in the bigger cities. One thing I had to learn was to buy things when you can because you can't depend on things being restocked at a later date.

No need to bring a lot of stuff with you to NZ. A lot of apartments and other rental properties can be rented with everything and I do mean everything already supplied. From bedding and towels to cutlery, plates and frying pans. I would only bring things of sentimental value and my clothes.

Money NZ is very expensive place to live,

If you come from a wealthy back ground then bring good furniture and quality stuff. Buy good warm waterproof jacket and good shoes.

but if you less fortunate then bring compact light furniture or wardrobe storage. and lots of it.  Same with the warm stuff so you don't have to buy clothes here until you have settled and have a home and steady income.

I would not bother with the expense of shipping furniture and goods to NZ.
All available here to buy.

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