New Zealand resources, links and FAQs

Resources & FAQ about lifestyle in New Zealand

Resources & FAQ about lifestyle in New Zealand

Advice and support for moving to New Zealand


Tips for settling in when moving to New Zealand

Adjusting to life in a new country is a challenge and a steep learning curve.  Find out tips for what to expect when starting your new life in New Zealand.

Find out more about moving to New Zealand with your family

Moving to New Zealand with your family can create some challenges when you first arrive.  Learn more here

New Zealand Newcomers Network

Whether your’re new to New Zealand or simply new to your local region, the New Zealand Newcomers Network helps you find community and connections.  Find out more here

Finding and applying for jobs in New Zealand

If you and you’re family are coming to New Zealand to work for a few years, or maybe even settle, you will need a work or resident visa.  Read more.

Why volunteering can help you find a job

Whether you’re looking for part-time work, an internship or a graduate job, volunteering can be a great way to develop skills and gain experience. Read more.

Help and support for moving to New Zealand

When you move to a new country, there are lots of questions to answer.  Immigration New Zealand has information services for new migrants to help them settle and work in New Zealand.  Read more

Learn about New Zealand geography and climate

New Zealand is an island country in the Southwestern Pacific Ocean, about 932 miles to Australia.  Find out more here

Ministry for Ethnic Communities

The Ministry for Ethnic Communities is the chief advisor to the government on ethnic diversity and inclusion in New Zealand society. We work with communities, government agencies and other organisations to strengthen the wellbeing of ethnic communities in New Zealand.

Other Helpful Websites

// 100% Pure New Zealand

// Immigration New Zealand

// New Zealand Newcomers Network

// New Zealand Visas

// How to find a job

// NauMai NZ – Advice for working in New Zealand.

// Healthcare in New Zealand

// New Zealand Health System overview

// Cost of living in New Zealand

// Inland Revenue Department

// How to open a bank account

Common questions about living in New Zealand

Explore our FAQs to learn more about lifestyle in New Zealand. If you have any additional questions, our team is here to help.

New Zealand resources - common questions
What are the visa requirements for moving to New Zealand?
Visa requirements vary depending on factors such as nationality, intended duration of stay, and purpose of moving. It is best to consult the New Zealand government’s immigration website for detailed information about individual circumstances.
What is the cost of living in New Zealand?
The cost of living varies depending on location, accommodation, lifestyle choices, and circumstances. Generally, urban areas have higher living costs than rural areas. Researching specific regions and considering personal needs and budgets is recommended.
Is healthcare easily accessible for residents in New Zealand?
New Zealand has a public healthcare system called the National Health Service (NHS) that provides accessible healthcare to residents. Additionally, it is advisable to obtain comprehensive health insurance to cover any additional medical needs.
How safe is New Zealand as a place to live?
New Zealand is generally considered a safe place to live, with a lower crime rate than many other countries. However, taking standard safety precautions and being aware of the surroundings is always important.
What are the housing options available in New Zealand?
Housing options in New Zealand include renting apartments, houses, or shared accommodation. There are also options for buying property. Researching real estate websites and local rental markets will provide more specific information based on preferred locations.
How does taxation work in New Zealand?
New Zealand has a tax system based on income, with taxes funding public services. It is advisable to consult with a tax professional or the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) for specific details regarding your tax obligations.
What is the process for bringing a family to New Zealand?
The process for bringing family members to New Zealand depends on the visa type and the relationship between an individual and their family member(s). The immigration website provides information on family visa options and the requirements.
Can someone study and work at the same time in New Zealand?
New Zealand allows international students to work part-time while studying. However, there are restrictions on the number of hours students can work, so reviewing the specific conditions associated with a student visa is essential.
What are the public transportation options in New Zealand?
New Zealand offers public transportation options, including buses, trains, and ferries in urban areas. However, the availability and extent of public transportation can vary depending on the region and population density.
What is the climate like in different parts of New Zealand?
New Zealand has a diverse climate. The North Island tends to be warmer and experiences milder winters. At the same time, the South Island has cooler temperatures and can have snowfall in winter. Coastal areas have a moderate climate, while inland regions can have more extreme weather conditions.
Are there any cultural considerations of which one should be aware?
Yes, New Zealand has a rich cultural heritage. It is essential to respect the indigenous Maori culture and traditions. Learning about Maori customs, protocols, and language can help foster cultural understanding and appreciation.
How easy is it to integrate into the local community in New Zealand?
New Zealanders are generally known for their welcoming and friendly nature. Integrating into the local community can be relatively easy, especially by participating in social activities, joining clubs or community groups, and showing an interest in the local culture.
Are there any specific rules or regulations when living in New Zealand?
There are specific rules and regulations. Some common areas include road safety, adherence to environmental protection laws, responsible consumption of alcohol, and respecting local customs and cultural sensitivities.
What recreational activities and outdoor experiences are available in New Zealand?
New Zealand offers various recreational activities and outdoor experiences. These include but are not limited to hiking in national parks, skiing in winter, bungee jumping, surfing, kayaking, wildlife encounters, and exploring scenic landscapes like fjords, beaches, and mountains.
How does New Zealand support environmental sustainability?
New Zealand places a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability. The country has initiatives focused on conservation, renewable energy, waste management, protecting native species, and preserving natural habitats. There is also a cultural respect for the land and a strong focus on sustainability practices.
What is the process for opening a bank account in New Zealand?
To open a bank account in New Zealand, individuals will typically need identification documents, proof of address, and visa information. It is best to visit a bank’s website or contact them directly to understand their requirements and procedures.
Are there any specific health and safety precautions I should take in New Zealand?
New Zealand is generally safe, but taking precautions is always advisable. Some examples include following safety guidelines for outdoor activities, checking weather conditions, being mindful of wildlife, wearing appropriate sun protection, and having comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies.

More FAQ pages

// Explore FAQs about studying in New Zealand

// Read FAQs about the lifestyle of Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty region.

// Find out more about Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty region.

// Learn more about the New Zealand Education System.