New to New Zealand

New Zealand has a world class reputation for a providing a great lifestyle with its clean and beautiful surroundings, from glorious sandy beaches to great native forests, snow-capped mountains surrounded by lakes and rivers.  It is a great, safe place to raise a family with so many recreational activities and a world-class education system that is largely free.

New Zealand offers a laid-back relaxed lifestyle with our biggest cities located near beaches, native parks or mountain biking trails. The New Zealand climate is ‘temperate’ which ranges from having dry summers and mild, wet winters.

If you are considering moving to New Zealand, or are new to New Zealand,  there are many aspects you need to consider first.  

The New Zealand Immigration website is your one stop shop for everything you need to know while planning your move and provides the tools you need to make your decision and ensure the process is as smooth as possible.

The Live in New Zealand page covers:

  • Getting started
  • Tips for settling in
  • Money and tax
  • Healthcare
  • Housing
  • Educations and Schooling
  • Safety
  • Recreation
  • History and Government
  • English Language


Visa and Citizenship

  • New Zealand has a range of visa options available if you are looking to make New Zealand your permanent home.
  • If you have specialist skills or work in an area of skills shortage, and have a qualification that is comparable to those that New Zealand employers are use to, you’ll find that there are great career opportunities for you.
  • You’re likely to need a job or job offer to apply for one of our resident or temporary work visas.
  • There are a number of other New Zealand visas available for specific situations. Visit Immigration New Zealand's website for the full list.

NZ Ready is a free online tool to help you plan your move to New Zealand, ensuring you know how things work here and have a hassle-free move.

NZ Ready ask a few questions about your circumstances (e.g. if you have children), then automatically tailor a set of relevant tasks with detailed information and links to trusted websites.  It covers topic such as healthcare, education, getting a job and where in New Zealand to live.

For more in-depth information for moving to Selwyn, please refer to our the following: