New Zealand's business environment

Investors with the capital, entrepreneurial track record and international connections that can make a real difference to our businesses are wanted now.

New Zealand is the hidden secret.

We’re rolling up our sleeves to make New Zealand as attractive for you as possible.

How successful we’re being was shown in the 2015 HSBC Expat Explorer survey where New Zealand was rated first in the world for ‘entrepreneurship’.

Along with the inbuilt business advantages of a fertile land and a well-educated, flexible workforce, you’ll find a Government actively promoting growth and innovation with a range of business and migrant-friendly policies.

Getting money into New Zealand - or out - is easy and there are very few restrictions on what you can or can’t invest in. Plus, the tax situation here is positive for investors.

View our Money & tax section for more information.

Investment opportunities

There are opportunities in many fields, in both traditional business sectors and in new, often highly innovative areas. Just some of the areas where New Zealand is doing exceptionally well include information and communications technology, tourism, film and special effects production, biotechnology, agricultural research, and wood-based technology.

All these advantages come with dedicated immigration policies that make it surprisingly easy for investors and their families to enjoy the wide open spaces and world-beating lifestyle, adventure and recreational opportunities New Zealand has to offer.

View our Practical guides section for more information about investing.

‘Best for business’

New Zealand is the second easiest place in the world to do business, according to the World Bank in 2017 (and first for ease of starting a business).

Forbes ranked us as the second in the 2017 Best Country for Business, just behind Sweden.

New Zealand is second amongst OECD countries for the competitiveness of its taxes overall according to the Tax Foundation’s 2016 International Tax Competitiveness Index (ITCI).

Transparency International’s 2017 Corruption Perception Index ranks us the least corrupt country in the world.

The Heritage Foundation in 2016 ranked our economy the third freest in the world.

2016 International Tax Competitiveness Index | Tax Foundation

Doing Business 2017 | World Bank Group

2016 Index of Economic Freedom | The Heritage Foundation

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

    It’s committed to maintaining an open, free-market economy and to making things easy for business.

  • International reach

    That’s thanks to our location and excellent physical, electronic and trade connections with the rest of the world.

  • 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: 03/02/2017

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