A great place for business

The inbuilt advantages of a fertile land and a well-educated, flexible workforce plus governments committed to growth and innovation combine to make New Zealand a great place for business.

New Zealand is the hidden secret.

The attractions of New Zealand’s business environment are recognised in a wide range of international indicators. For example:

  • The World Bank’s 'Doing Business 2020' report ranked us the world’s easiest country to do business in
  • The Legatum Institute ranked us second overall in its overall Prosperity Index
  • Forbes ranked us fifth on its Best Countries for Business 2019
  • Milkin’s Global Opportunity Index ranked us the world’s third most attractive destination for investors in 2016

Doing Business 2020 | World Bank

Prosperity Index | Legatum Institute 

Best Countries for Business 2019 | Forbes

Global Opportunity Index | Milkin


Where business and lifestyle combine

Along with great investment and entrepreneurial opportunities New Zealand offers the attractions of wide-open spaces and world-beating lifestyle, adventure and recreational opportunities for you, your partner and family.

Imagine a place where you can work to the highest professional standards, then in half an hour or less be relaxing on a beach or boat, hiking through beautiful native bush, pounding down a mountain bike track or just chilling with friends in your back garden over a fine New Zealand wine. That’s what you can look forward to when you bring your funds and skills to New Zealand.

Go-ahead economy 

The New Zealand economy recovered well after the 2008/09 recession, which was shallow compared to other advanced economies. Annual growth has averaged 2.1% since March 2010, demonstrating the economy's resilience.

Looking ahead, the Government expects average growth for 2020 will come in at over 2.3%, and is expected to reach 2.6% in 2021.

Find out more about New Zealand's economy.

In this section:

  • Stability & security

    When you dedicate time and resources to an offshore investment, you need the confidence that it will be secure.

  • Rules & law

    New Zealand has simplified the rules and taxes to make it easier for investors like you to get started here.

  • Investing made easy

    New Zealand governments have put a lot of effort into simplifying business rules and taxes. That’s made it increasingly...

  • International reach

    New Zealand has been doing exactly that since 1882 when the Dunedin, delivering a cargo of frozen sheep meat to England,...

  • Economic overview

    Over the last 30 years our economy has gone from being one of the most regulated in the OECD to one of the least...

  • Investment choices

    However, if you’re planning to mix business with lifestyle by applying for a business or investment visa, your '...


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Page last updated: 22/06/2020

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