Are you moving to Hamilton, New Zealand?
Let us help you plan your relocation and discover everything Hamilton and the Waikato 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: 62-68 The Boulevard, Te Rapa, Hamilton 3200
Hamilton is to be found in the Waikato region of the North Island, and while it’s just a 90 minute drive north to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, just a half-an-hour’s drive west of Hamilton will take you to Raglan, a seaside town renowned for its exceptional fishing and international surfing beaches. An hour’s drive eastwards will take you to the beautiful white sandy beaches of the east coast, offering a variety of water-sports such as swimming, sailing, fishing, water skiing and jet skiing.
Hamilton’s New Zealand’s fourth largest city, and close by is the Hobbiton Movie Set, the world-famous Waitomo Caves with its glow worms and adventure tourism activities.
Nestled in the heart of the Waikato, one of New Zealand’s rich farming regions, it also has a good climate, beautiful scenery, attractive rivers and lakes, a clean green environment and prominent educational facilities.
Hamilton has all the benefits of a large city, with the convenience and lifestyle associated with that of a small city, and commuting anywhere within the city boundary takes about 20 minutes.
The extensive Hamilton Gardens, a public park covering 54 hectares is something Hamiltonians are justifiably proud of, and combined with the annual Mystery Creek agricultural show, Hamilton Zoo, and the Waikato Museum of Art and History there is much to attract people to the city.
Visa / Permits
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.
Housing / Accommodation
There is a ready supply of all types and sizes of accommodation across Hamilton, and Crown Hamilton’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.
While there is a public transport bus network in the city, operated by the Busit, as with most places in New Zealand, a car is recommended to sample the delights of the region. Hamilton has an international airport which provides services throughout New Zealand using the Air New Zealandand Singapore Airlines networks.
There are many schools in Hamilton, from primary right through to secondary schools, and a list can be found at this website to help you choose. With regards to higher education, there is University of Waikato and Wintec (Waikato Institute of Technology).
Hamilton has a main hospital and all the health services you would expect to find in a major city are provided by the Waikato District Health Board and a number of private companies throughout the city.
In line with Hamilton being New Zealand’s fourth largest city, there is an established social environment, with frequent opportunities to meet people from all walks of life. Because of this unique atmosphere, expatriates do not have trouble assimilating into the wider Waikato 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. For a list of networking groups, this website will prove useful.
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.