So you’ve decided to trade the sunny beaches of Australia for the picturesque snow-laden mountains of New Zealand? To be honest, we don’t blame you, nothing wrong with Australia but New Zealand offers a simply stunning landscape, and the people are lovely!
You’re also not alone, large numbers of Australians are moving to New Zealand but there are some essential things you should know if you are planning the move, so we’ve put together the complete guide of things to consider when moving to New Zealand from Australia.
Moving to New Zealand from Australia
New Zealand offers a relaxed, easy-going lifestyle with enough safety and quiet to raise a family in, and some great outdoor activities and nightlife if you are still living an active lifestyle.
New Zealand Quick Facts
- The currency is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
- New Zealand’s population is just over 4.7 million
- English is the primary language in New Zealand with Maori as the indigenous language
- There are four seasons which vary significantly per region
- The South Island have snowfall in the winter with an average temperature of 10 degrees C
- The timezone is New Zealand Standard Time: +12 GMT
- Daylight savings applies, a change of +1 during the summer
- The emergency number is 111
- The electrical outlets are the same as Australia, 240 volts with a three pin plug
What to consider for immigration
The reason why so many people consider moving to New Zealand from Australia is the straightforward immigration process. Australian citizens and permanent residents can visit, study, work and live in New Zealand without needing to apply for a visa. A New Zealand resident visa will be given when you arrive if you meet the following criteria:
- You can prove your identity via your passport
- You have Australian citizenship or permanent resident status
- You do not have a criminal conviction or have been deported or excluded from another country
Important note: If you leave New Zealand your Resident Visa will expire.