Before you leave
A real idea of what to expect will mean fewer surprises and make feeling at home in New Zealand that much easier. You’ll know more about how to do the things that need doing – and be able to start enjoying what brought you here sooner.
Here’s a basic checklist to cover off.
Bring your documents with you
Once in New Zealand you will find it useful to have your documents easily accessible. This will make registering for services in New Zealand much easier. The most commonly needed documents are:
- Your Traveller Declaration
- Vaccination certificates
- Your birth certificate
- Your marriage certificate
- Your academic qualifications
- References from previous employers
- Your CV (Curriculum Vitae/Resume)
- Credit references
- An international driver’s licence or permit
Colour photocopies and documents in your own language are usually acceptable, unless you're applying for residence or making temporary applications under the entrepreneur work visa category, then documents should be originals or certified English translations.
Find a job
If you don’t have a job already, you should research job opportunities and find out how you can meet with potential employers.
Research where you'll live
Think about where you’ll live – both long term and in those first few days and weeks as you settle in
It is a good idea to organise accommodation for when you first arrive. Some people stay with family or friends for those first few days. Others organise somewhere to stay in advance, so that they can go straight there when they arrive.
Get your finances sorted
It is a good idea to set up a New Zealand bank account before you arrive so that you can make credit card and cash withdrawals when you arrive.
While you’re thinking about money, you should take some time to see with what things cost here.
Improving your English
If English is not your first language, there are courses you can take to improve your English skills.
Check what you can bring with you
New Zealand has laws about what you can and can not bring into the country.
These rules aim to protect our natural environment.
New residents and returning Kiwis are given customs concessions on their duty at the border.
Use NZ Ready
Many successful migrants say it is important to be prepared before moving to New Zealand.
For a more comprehensive list of things to do before you leave, check out our NZ Ready planning tool.
Interested in coming to New Zealand?
Take the first step to a new life by registering your interest with Immigration New Zealand. We’ll send you personalised emails about job opportunities in your profession, life in New Zealand and choosing the right visa.It’s free and there’s no obligation.