So you are moving to New Zealand

‘The land of the long white cloud’ is a country with proud traditions, stunning landscapes and a lot of sheep!

Well, before you start here are our 10 top pieces of information for expats:

  1. New Zealand is a popular expat destination offering a more relaxed lifestyle.
  2. New Zealand has a much milder climate than its neighbour Australia and in winter months temperatures can drop below freezing in many parts of the country. However it can also enjoy warm summers.
  3. Kiwis tend to socialise outdoors and tend to be warm and hospitable to new guests.
  4. English is the main language spoken in New Zealand with Maori and New Zealand Sign Language also being its official languages. Although the use of slang can confuse many a newcomer.
  5. New Zealand schools have a fine international reputation. They are divided into public and private systems and expats are able to join either system.
  6. With just 4.2 million inhabitants (nearly 1/3rd of which live in Auckland) New Zealand is a small country made up of two main islands. It is surrounded by the Tasman Sea to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east. There are also an estimated 31 million sheep in New Zealand, nearly 10 for every human!
  7. New Zealand has a GDP of $196.2 billion while this very low by international standards it is actually quite high on a per capita basis.
  8. The main export in New Zealand used to be wool but following a fall in global demand New Zealand now focuses on meat, wine, dairy products and tourism.
  9. New Zealand’s currency is the New Zealand Dollar, commonly referred as the Kiwi dollar.
  10. There is a low risk of global terrorism as with all destinations. However crime is generally low although low level theft can be a problem in popular areas.


Once you are settled, New Zealand is a breathtakingly beautiful country with rich culture, spectacular wildlife and high octane adventures. Living there gives friends and family the perfect opportunity to visit! 

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Moving to New Zealand: Climate

New Zealand's climate is changeable with fairly frequent, but short periods of unsettled weather with sharp regional contrasts, It is subtropical in the northern reaches of the North Island to temperate in the South Island. New Zealand's temperatures are generally cooler than those in Australia, which is to the north…

Moving to New Zealand: Buying a property

If you are looking to purchase a home, large houses are limited; the average New Zealand home has less than 165 sq. m/1800 sq.ft…

Whether renting or buying, using serviced apartments can give you time to find the right property.  

The World of Expats Property Search tool also gives access to over 3,000 properties available to buy in New Zealand.

Moving to New Zealand: Taking household goods

There are no duties or taxes on household goods taken into New Zealand for personal use..Any plant or animal material must be declared on arrival in New Zealand, at which time you will need to fill out an Agriculture and Customs Declaration. Included in the list of items to be declared are food of any kind, animals and animal products, plants and plant products, camping gear, golf clubs, and used bicycles…

Moving to New Zealand: Choosing a school

New Zealand schools have a fine international reputation. They are divided into public and private. Private-school education is generally regarded as superior to public, but there are many exceptions. Expatriates may send their children to public schools, private schools, or church schools...

Moving to New Zealand: National health care

The New Zealand medical system is well developed, of high quality, and reasonably priced. A long history of state-assisted healthcare is a matter of pride. All New Zealanders, residents of the U.K., Northern Ireland, and Australia, and those with permanent residency status are provided free out-patient and in-patient services...

Moving to New Zealand: Everyday living

With excellent agricultural conditions in New Zealand, and recent Asian influence, New Zealand now has its own special style of cooking with lightly seared meat or fish, served in a pyramid of vegetable or salad green accompaniments…

Moving to New Zealand: Social environment

Social activity often centers on sporting events. Rugby is a popular spectator sport; boating is also a popular and extremely pleasant way to socialize with ones friends in New Zealand…

Moving to New Zealand: Social customs

Men and women should shake hands both when meeting someone and when saying good-bye, but a man should wait for a woman to extend her hand first. Handshakes should be firm and eye contact is important…


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