Moving to New Zealand

Christchurch Moving Company


Moving to Christchurch, New Zealand?


Crown are  an international & domestic relocations company, specialising  in furniture removals, storage, overseas moving, movers insurance, world moving, office moving, 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

Address: 15 Foremans Road, Hornby, New Zealand


Christchurch is known as the Garden City, and for good reason. Scattered throughout the city and its suburbs are many beautiful public parks and other green spaces, with the jewel in Christchurch’s crown being Hagley Park, situated within easy walking distance of the city’s central business district. Christchurch is seen as New Zealand’s most English city, and is famed for its vibrant arts scene, dramatic scenery and the beautiful Canterbury region, all capped off by the Southern Alps mountain range, which is visible from most parts of the city.

Christchurch is New Zealand’s second-largest city and with its international airport, serves as the gateway to the south island, with extensive transport links to all the major centres and tourist attractions that the south island is justifiably famous for, with New Zealand’s adventure playgrounds of Queenstown and Wanaka just a short flight away.

Since the earthquakes in September 2010 and February 2011, Christchurch has undergone considerable redevelopment, and has seen the central business district and the rest of the city undergo significant rebuilding, and whilst this is a long-term project, the progress that has been made allowed the city to host a number of games for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.


There are a number of types of visa that you may be eligible for when moving to New Zealand. Depending on the length of your stay or whether you plan to work, study or invest here.

The different types of visa available reflect the different Government-funded public services potentially available to expatriates.

From work to residence visas, essential skills visas, and visas for parents and children, check what may be available to you at New Zealand Now.


The New Zealand Dollar (NZD) is the local currency, and coins come in denominations of 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2, with $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 dollar notes.

When it comes time to convert your money to New Zealand dollars, it’s highly recommended that you do so via online transferal companies, as opposed to cash or travellers cheques. This is because banks are known to charge very high rates when dealing with these.

Crown recommends the services of OZFOREX for converting your money online. People have been known to save hundreds, and sometimes thousands of dollars through this simple procedure.

Something else that could come in handy is opening up a New Zealand bank account before arriving in the country. This makes the transferal process of your converted money much easier and again minimises the extra costs that are commonly involved with this process.

There are a number of banks that offer easy, online sign up services, including; Westpac, Kiwibank and Bank of New Zealand.


Christchurch’s extensive public transport bus network covers the whole city, as with most places in New Zealand, a car is recommended to sample the delights of the region.More information including timetables and schedules is available at Metro Info

New Zealanders drive on the left hand side of the road, and operate right hand drive automobiles. Speed limits in suburban areas range from 50km/h to 70km/h and 100km/h on motorways.

To be able to drive in New Zealand, you need to meet a number of requirements. You are roadworthy if:

  • You hold a driver licence or driving permit from another country
  • Your overseas license or driver permit is current and valid
  • You've not received a disqualification or suspension in New Zealand
  • You entered New Zealand less than 12 months ago
  • Your overseas licence is in English; if it's not, you must have an accurate translation
  • You've not been granted a New Zealand driver licence
  • You have not renewed, requalified or reinstated a New Zealand driver licence since you last entered New Zealand.

You may not be eligible to drive in New Zealand if:

  • Your overseas licence has expired or is suspended, revoked or disqualified in the country of issue
  • You have had a 28 day suspension, been served a suspension for demerit points or been disqualified by the courts in New Zealand
  • You entered New Zealand more than 12 months ago
  • You have been issued with a New Zealand licence since entering New Zealand


The quality of education in Christchurch is of a high level. The city provides a wide range of public and private schools as well as highly-recognised tertiary institutions. Expatriates typically choose to enrol their children in the public school system in Christchurch. Which school to choose often depends on whereabouts you are living, as there are boundaries or zones specific to each public school in the city.

Schools in Christchurch run on a four-term schedule: Term 1 typically goes from late January to early-April, Term 2 from late April to early July, Term 3 from mid/late-July to late September and Term 4 from mid-October through mid-December.

Children typically travel to and from school by bus, but this varies on their proximity to school. However, the bus services are both reasonably priced and reliable, and students often find this to be the easiest method of transport.

If you would like some help finding the right school for your children, Crown Christchurch can arrange an appointment with a consultant to provide you with the information you need.


The New Zealand public health care system operates at a high level. Funded for through general taxation, New Zealand residents are eligible for free hospital-based care, emergency treatment, standard medical tests, children’s immunisations and prescription medication for children under six years old.

Visits to the doctor, or General Practitioner (GP) and the cost of medicine and ambulance services are also subsidised.

In order to access public healthcare services in New Zealand, expatriates must have a work permit for a minimum of 24 months or hold a  residence permit. Expats can sign up for healthcare services with a GP in their local area.

As well as having public health care, there are still private services available that some expats choose to enlist in. Private health care insurance is also a popular choice and is cheaper than many other destinations around the world.


Since the earthquakes, Christchurch has been steadily rebuilding and improving its housing stock, and whilst there are accommodation shortages in some areas of the city, Crown Christchurch’s experienced and helpful staff have built up extensive links with the local business community, and they will be able to help you find accommodation to suit your needs.


Christchurch’s cultural diversity, vibrant art and creative scene make for an established social environment, with constant opportunities to meet people from all walks of life. Because of this unique atmosphere, expatriates do not have trouble assimilating in to the wider Christchurch community. Opportunities to form closer-knit groups arise through children’s school activities and events, as well as through sports teams, sporting fixtures, and hobby or special interest groups. There are also a number of reputable singles networks in the local area that arrange sightseeing trips, restaurant dinners and weekend events.

Crown Relocations has 50 years of experience relocating individuals and families to Christchurch and throughout New Zealand, contact us today for more information about our services.

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To arrange a quotation call our office Free on 0508 227 696, get an online Ballpark estimate, complete our Home Visit Request, get a Full Quote or Email us now.

Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative

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