Moving Overseas

Moving to Los Angeles

Moving to Los Angeles

Are you moving to Los Angeles?

Crown are an international moving company, specialising in international removals, storage, overseas moving, movers insurance, relocation services and lots more. We will even relocate your vehicle and pets!

Our team is available to answer any relocation questions you may have. They can be reached between 8:00 am and 5:30 pm from Monday to Friday on 0508 227 696 or email


Los Angeles is a sprawling Southern California city internationally recognised as the centre of the USA’s film and television industry, after all, who hasn’t seen photos of that iconic Hollywood sign? Colloquially known as either Tinseltown or the City of Angels, the city’s home to the studios of Paramount Pictures, Universal and Warner Brothers, all of which offer behind-the-scenes tours, and of course, the Los Angeles is home to the Oscars.

LA is the second largest city and metropolitan area (after New York City) in the United States, occupying a broad coastal plain between the Santa Monica mountains and the Pacific Ocean, it is the heart of southern California and an important centre of commerce, agriculture, tourism, and industry for the region, and the country. Due to immigration over the years, Los Angeles is a place of extraordinary ethnic and racial diversity.

The city’s sights are many: Venice Beach is famous for its bodybuilders and roller-skaters; the high-end shops on Rodeo Drive; Minnie and Micky Mouse live at Disneyland; take a joyride along Mulholland Drive, and then there are all the movie studios mentioned earlier, there really is something for everyone. For more details, the official tourist website at this is an excellent place to visit.


New Zealanders looking to relocate to Los Angeles need an Immigrant Visa to be able to live and work in the USA, details of how to obtain one can be found at the United States Diplomatic Mission to New Zealand’s website at


The official currency of the United States of America is the US Dollar, shops and service providers will only accept the US Dollar. Coins come in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents, and notes in $1, 2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 bills.

The best way to convert large sums of money is through online transfer companies, who provide a much cheaper rate. Crown has entered into a partnership with NZForex to provide an easy, reliable and cost effective solution for clients who are moving their funds internationally. The deals offered by NZForex are at super competitive exchange rates and in most cases there's no fee. The cost structure is so good that the saving you make may even pay for the entire cost of your relocation. Click Here for more information.


Los Angeles has an excellent public transport system, incorporating buses and trains, details can found at

If you do choose to drive in Los Angeles, and most residents do, think of the famous Los Angeles freeways, the first point to bear in mind is that in the US, they drive on the opposite side of the road to that in New Zealand. For those planning to live in Los Angeles, then a car will be essential, but when it comes to commuting, the public transport system is also to be considered.

You can drive in the US on a NZ drivers licence, but only for a short period, and the US Embassy in New Zealand recommends that you apply for an International Driver Permit, and if staying in the US you should apply for a US driving licence.

Los Angeles’ airport is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with services to most cities across the USA and around the world.


There are three public universities in the city, and over twenty private colleges and universities. Most expatriates choose to enrol their children in private or independent schools, this is because state schools are generally based on ‘catchment areas’.

The school year begins in September and ends in June, typical school-days run Monday-Friday from 8.30 am to 3.00 pm, although this can depend upon the age of the children. Students generally travel to school by car with their parents, or in some cases, take the school bus (the bright yellow ones you see in the movies) others will cycle or walk.

Crown Relocations can arrange an appointment with a Specialist Education consultant who can provide an in-depth explanation of local education systems, the curricula available and arranging interviews, as well as assist with enrolment requirements. Please contact us for information and rates.


America has a public health-care system, called Medicare, but most people take out private insurance as well. If the insurance company you were with in New Zealand is a member of the International Federation of Health Funds, you may be able to transfer your policy to the USA without penalty at a similar level of cover. Check with your insurance provider for details or visit


Upon relocating to Los Angeles a key process is finding somewhere to live in this huge city, the deciding factor for expats is normally how close you need to be to your work or your children’s school. The cost of accommodation and commuting to work are also significant considerations.

Rather than purchasing a home, most expatriates choose to rent, at least at first. This is because house (and apartment) prices in Los Angeles are expensive. Looking for a home in Los Angeles can quite often be a daunting task, Crown can advise on rental accommodation or purchasing properties, and we can also arrange for temporary accommodation.


Los Angeles’ position as an internationally-recognised entertainment centre means that you are bound to meet people from all walks of life. Expatriates commonly assimilate into the community through sports and hobbies they are interested in. The environment that Los Angeles is famous for provides numerous opportunities to meet new people. Social media is also a great way to get to know like-minded people.

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Crown Relocations has 50 years of international moving experience relocating individuals and families to Los Angeles and throughout the USA, contact us today for more information about our services.

For more information read our Blog on why you should choose Crown for your move to the United States?

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