Are you moving to Auckland, New Zealand?
Let us help you plan your relocation and discover everything Auckland and the Northlannd region has to offer. Crown are an international and 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!
Address: 200 Bush Road, Albany 0632, Auckland
Seaside living with a cosmopolitan twist, Auckland is New Zealand’s most populated city. It has become a truly multicultural environment, with a boom in the number of migrants in recent years. Auckland plays host to a wide range of attractions from beaches, music and cultural festivals to state of the art business centres and opportunities. Did you know that Auckland consistently ranks in the world’s top 10 for quality of life living standards? Auckland was ranked third best in the world for this category in 2017. Read our blog Auckland’s pulling power to learn why the City of Sails attracts tens of thousands of migrants every year.
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 OFX for converting your money online. People have been known to save hundreds, and sometimes thousands of dollars through this simple procedure. Visit Moving your Money for more information.
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.
Auckland Transport (AT) is the main provider of public transport in Auckland and operates efficient bus, train and ferry services that span to all different regions of the city. Auckland Transport also provides information on cycling, walking, driving, parking, and roadworks in the local area. More information including timetables and schedules is available please visit Auckland Transport. 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 have not renewed, re-qualified 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 licence has expired or is suspended, revoked or disqualified in 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 standard of education across Auckland is of a high level. The city is home to a large number of educational institutions including some of the largest universities in the country. The majority of schools in New Zealand are public, but there are also a number of private options available. Expatriates most commonly choose public schools to enrol their children into, and these are often decided upon in terms of location. Schools in Auckland typically run on a four-term schedule: Term 1 typically goes from late January through mid-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. Transport available to students varies according to their proximity to their school from home. Bus and train services are both cost efficient 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 Auckland are able to arrange an appointment with a consultant to provide you with guidance and the information you need to know.
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.
When it comes time for expatriates to choose their new home, location and price are often the deciding factors. Expatriates most often choose to rent accommodation in Auckland, this is due the extremely high prices associated with purchasing a home. Auckland’s housing market has become infamously expensive and unstable in recent years, therefore it’s advised to look into accommodation well before arriving in the country. There is a diverse range of housing options available around Auckland. Homes based around the Waitemata Harbour are very popular for their spacious, waterfront views, while apartment style living is common in the inner city. Family homes are abundant on the North Shore, but state owned housing is very common for those in low-income neighbourhoods around the city. When renting a property in New Zealand, rent is paid on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, not monthly. Potential tenants are required to pay a bond equal to four weeks worth of rent before moving in as a deposit, but will receive this back at the conclusion of their tenancy if the landlords requirement are met. For prospective properties to rent, please visit the realestate.co.nz site.
Auckland has a sociable, laidback atmosphere and New Zealanders are well known for their relaxed nature. Therefore, expatriates do not typically have trouble integrating in to the wider community. It’s common for expats to become involved in tighter-knit groups through a number of possible ways; involvement in their child’s school activities, participating in sports or attending sporting events or mingling through the renowned bar and club culture just to name a few. With a favourable summer climate, Auckland’s beaches also provide opportunities for relaxing days out and meeting new people. There are also a number of reputable singles networks in the local area that arrange sightseeing trips, restaurant dinners and weekend events.
IMPORTANT NOTE: 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.