Removals to New Zealand
Ever wondered how the other half (of the world) live? Or are you a seasoned traveller looking to relocate to a land down under? If you’ve made your plans to move away from the UK and New Zealand is where you’re heading, then for such a long-haul move, you’ll need to know you’ve got the right people on board for the job. Here you’ll find everything you need to help you plan your move, from useful links to lists to help you on your way. See The pre-move survey and get a quick quote.
Before you leave the UK
Tax and Pensions
Prior to leaving the United Kingdom, we recommend contacting HMRC to ensure that you won’t have to pay tax while you’re abroad and to double check that you have no outstanding tax payable – you wouldn’t want that hanging over your new life! You must also contact the Pension Service to notify them of your move, get a state pension forecast and inform them of your new address.
If you’re planning on going to New Zealand for a holiday British citizens do not need a visa and one will be issued upon arrival. However if you’re planning to work during your stay you’ll have to apply for a specialist visa. As a popular gap year destination for thousands of young people every year, New Zealand offers a wide variety of working visas for visitors. If you already know what visa you need, see skilled migrant category and investing and doing business in New Zealand.
Good news! New Zealand and the UK have a reciprocal health agreement so, all visitors can access limited medical coverage for personal injuries throughout their stay. However, even if you’re planning a short trip, it’s advised that you get comprehensive medical coverage before you leave the UK. Find out exactly what New Zealand’s healthcare system means for you and your move.
Think about it like you’re going on holiday, don’t pack anything you wouldn’t be happy to explain to a customs officer yourself. Even though different countries outline different rules on what you can and cannot import through their borders, we’d recommend NOT packing the following items:
- Firearms & ammunition
- Inflammable goods & substances
- Plants & plant material
- Food, perishables or otherwise
- Narcotics and dangerous goods
- Offensive materials
- Alcohol & Tobacco
After the move
It’s been a long old journey, everyone’s tired but you’ve touched down and you’re raring to go. Whether you’ve jetted over for a bedroom view of the stunning countryside New Zealand has to offer or you’ve moved for a taste of their wonderfully warm summers, there’s still plenty of questions to be answered. Here’s a couple of heads ups for you…
New Zealand is known for its fantastic schooling system. For children of all ages you’ll find a great deal of information online, from funding to primary and secondary years. See early childhood education: teaching and learning in New Zealand. Looking for FE education information? See Tertiary Education in New Zealand.
Driving in New Zealand
You can drive for 1 year in New Zealand using your British driver’s licence however if you’re planning on staying for more than a year you’ll have to apply for a New Zealand driver’s licence once your year is up. See driving in New Zealand. A couple of tips include:
- You must always carry your driver’s licence when you’re driving (it’s law).
- You can only drive the vehicles you’re licensed to drive in the UK.
- You must be over 25 to rent a car in New Zealand.
- Drivers drive on the left hand side.
If you’re looking for permanent residency in New Zealand, see requirements for a permanent resident visa. Much like other countries, you’ll have to meet a certain set of criteria involving how long you’ve previously spent in the country as well as finance requirements.
The British GOV.UK website living in New Zealand is a fantastic online resource for anyone looking to visit or move to New Zealand. You’ll find everything you need there to learn about the formalities of the education systems, driving licences, employment and healthcare. For lifestyle tips, there are hundreds of online resources available have a look to immigration New Zealand. See The pre-move survey and get a quick quote.