Getting started

No matter how much advance planning you’ve done, it can be confusing knowing where to start once you step off that plane.

Your head may still be spinning with all the organising and farewells, you’ll be excited or nervous (or both) and jet lag may be kicking in.

You may be reassured to know that HSBC’s 2015 Expat Explorer survey rated New Zealand the easiest country in the world for setting up finance and property matters. Expat Insider agreed, ranking New Zealand second for ‘ease of settling in’.

Our advice is to be easy on yourself, take your time, and start by focusing on these four things:

In this section:

  • Temporary accommodation

    Check out places to stay for your first few weeks here in New Zealand.

  • Getting connected

    Setting up your mobile phone and internet is a top priority after you land.

  • Transport

    Do some thinking about how you'll get around. You'll most likely need a car.

  • Shopping

    Check out the ways to pay and the places to go to buy the things you’ll need.

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Page last updated: 29/09/2016

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