Are you moving to the Hawke's Bay, New Zealand?
Let us help you plan your relocation and discover everything Hawke’s Bay 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!
Hawke’s Bay is to be found on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, and its major cities are Hastings and Napier. The region is renowned for many things, especially it’s vineyards, this is New Zealand’s oldest wine region with the Mission Estate Winery being the first one in the country. After the region was hit by the 1931 earthquake, much of Napier was rebuilt in the Art Deco style and today, some 140 original Art Deco buildings provide Napier with an unique character which is treasured by many visitors.
Whilst Hawke’s Bay is proud of its heritage, there are many other strings to its bow, with Cape Kidnappers (the largest mainland gannet colony in the world), the National Aquarium of New Zealand, and the region growing the grapes for over 80% of the country’s Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, there are 80 wineries in the region to tempt your palate, and if you are looking for something different, The Guinness Book of World Records recognises Taumata whakatangihanga¬koauau¬o¬tamatea¬turi¬pukakapiki¬maunga¬horo¬nuku¬pokai¬whenua¬kitanatahu in Central Hawke’s Bay as the longest place name in the world.
Housing / Accommodation
There is a ready supply of all types and sizes of accommodation across Hawke’s Bay, and Crown Hawke’s Bay’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.
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.
There is limited public transport in Hawke’s Bay, and services are operated by Go Bus, so owning a car will provide the flexibility to explore this delightful region. Napier has an airport, which provides services throughout New Zealand with Air New Zealand andSun Air.
There are many schools in Hawke’s Bay, from primary right through to secondary schools, and a list can be found at the Ministry of Education to help you choose. With regards to higher education, there is the Eastern Institute of Technology Hawke’s Bay.
Hawke’s Bay has a main hospital and all the health services you would expect to find in a major region are provided by the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board and a number of private companies throughout the city.
In line with Hawke’s Bay’s reputation for having a cosmopolitan lifestyle, 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 Hawke’s Bay 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. The Hawke’s Bay – NZ Newcomers Network’s website is a good place to start.
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.