Moving to New Zealand

Keen to become a Kiwi? If you are planning on moving to New Zealand from Australia, then look no further! This page outlines everything you need to know including costs, checklists and tips. With a little help from Sirelo you will find yourself in the Land of the Long White Cloud before you know it 😉.

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The Cost of Moving From Australia to New Zealand

Before we get to the fun stuff, it is important that you have a solid budget when moving to New Zealand from Australia. The good news is that moving to New Zealand is about as cheap as it gets when it comes to an international move from our Land Down Under. The bad news is, it’s still not all that cheap.

The final cost of moving to New Zealand will be dependent on the exact nature of your move. Find out more about this on our international moving costs page. Therefore, the only sure-fire way to get accurate figures is to request free quotes from us. Nonetheless, we have provided an overview of the cost of moving from Sydney to Auckland, via sea, to give you an initial idea.

Property SizeTimeAverage Cost
1-bedroom house6 – 8 weeks$3,400 – $4,800
2-bedroom house25 – 31 days$4,500 – $6,200
3-bedroom house25 – 31 days$7,500 – $10,200
4-bedroom house25 – 31 days$8,100 – $11,200
5-bedroom house25 – 31 days$11,400 – $15,500

Tip! Not sure how much stuff you have? Our handy furniture volume calculator is here to help 😎.

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Moving to New Zealand from Australia Checklist

It’s not all about money! Now you have a better grasp of the cost of moving to New Zealand from Australia, it is time to organise other aspects of your move. Unless you have been blessed with a photographic memory we suggest you buckle in; remembering each and every step is no mean feat!   

Before moving to New Zealand:

  • Find a removalist. Before you crack on with anything else, it is important to find a removalist that suits your needs. A great place to start is our list of top international movers in Australia.
  • Pack. Seem obvious right? Just remember to start early and read our expert packing guide for tips and tricks to channel your inner Marie Kondo!
  • Car transport. If you and your four-wheels can’t bear to part ways, work out how you are going to ship it. Our container shipping page has more information.
  • Bringing pets? We know how important canine and feline friends are. When moving to New Zealand from Australia, your pet does not require a permit, but will be subject to a post-arrival inspection. Make sure you are aware of this!
  • Banking. We have this on the ‘before’ list as NZ allows you to open a local account up to one year before relocating to New Zealand. So, for the organised among you, it’s something to tick off your to-do list ASAP. Start by exploring some of the following banks:

Once you arrive in New Zealand:

  • Residency visa. Luckily, as an Australian citizen moving to New Zealand, you do not need to apply for a visa before moving. It’s handy being neighbours right? Instead, you need to request a residency visa upon arrival. To do so, you will need your passport and Australian immigration status.
  • Tax number. Assuming that you plan on undertaking work when moving to New Zealand then you will require a tax number, otherwise known as an IRD.
  • Driving licence. Some more good news! All you have to do when moving to New Zealand from Australia in regards to your driving licence is to switch it over. All Australians are exempt from taking a theory test, and you only have to take a practical one if you have had your licence for less than two years upon arrival.
  • Healthcare. If you intend on moving to New Zealand for over two years, then you are eligible for full healthcare cover. If not, you will only receive emergency cover and will be required to pay fees elsewhere.
  • Superannuation. Once you are settled and working in New Zealand, a KiwiSaver account is set up for you. Usually, your employer will automatically enrol you for this, but keep your eyes peeled! It is up to you to transfer any funds from your super into your KiwiSaver.

If you are still itching for more answers, we have a more general and comprehensive moving overseas checklist which is sure to hold all the answers!

Fun fact! There are no, and when we say no we mean literally zero snakes in New Zealand. So you might want to rethink your move if that’s your thing.

Moving to New Zealand

Living and Working in New Zealand

Beyond working your way through what probably feels like and endless moving to New Zealand checklist, is it also important to understand what life in Middle Earth looks like. Read on for everything you need to know!

Working in New Zealand

Before setting sail over the Tasman, it is important to check whether your skills are in demand if you haven’t yet secured employment. Gone are the days on New Zealand only being known for their lamb and wool; rather the economy is constantly expanding and diversifying.

Did you know? New Zealand was the first country to give women the vote in 1893, and this progressive attitude is still reflected in the Kiwi’s egalitarian mentality. Sounds like the place to be!

If you are still seeking a job upon moving to New Zealand, consider exploring some of the following portals:

Note! Thanks to the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, New Zealand’s tourist industry is booming. Their vineyards and wineries are also world renowned and the renewable energy sector is now responsible for 60% of the country’s energy. If any of these industries are of interest to you, then moving to New Zealand can’t come soon enough!

Cost of Living in New Zealand

MetricAustralian AverageNew Zealand Average
Monthly rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in the city centre$1,684$1,507
Price per square metre to rent in the city centre$20.00$6,923
0.5L of draught beer$8.00$8.44
12 eggs$4.67$5.03
Cappuccino$4.50$4.42
Monthly travel pass$151$157

Of course these numbers merely represent estimates. How much you actually spend will depend on where exactly you live when moving to New Zealand and your personal lifestyle.

Education in New Zealand

The perks of being an Australian citizen moving to New Zealand don’t stop just yet! Australian are treated as a domestic student from early years of learning, all the way to tertiary education.

What does this mean? It means saving money – ka-ching! You are eligible to pay domestic school fees, which usually means no fees at all, with only minor costs associated with books and other learning material.

Note! However, to be eligible for study in New Zealand on domestic fees, you must have lived there for at least three years.

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Ready for your move to New Zealand?

Congratulations! You are officially an expert on how to move to New Zealand from Australia. While we are sure you are going to miss kangaroos and how you goings, moving to New Zealand is an exciting adventure, and we are sure you are going to smash it! However, it is important that you are prepped in every aspect of your move, so continue to explore the pages we have linked below for you –they’ll be super useful during your move!

In the meantime, bon voyage! We wish you every success with your move. 🙂

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