Tips for settling in

Adjusting to a new country is a challenge and a steep learning curve for most people.

Friends discussing how to settle in to New Zealand

Reaching out to other people, and feeling welcomed in return, is an important part of settling in to a new country.

Every country is different. Each has its own laws, rules and ways of doing things. People have their own accent and their own everyday language, even if they speak the same language as you. 

Hearing stories from other migrants will help you to make sense of your experiences. As you get more involved in New Zealand life and the community, you will be able to tell your own stories.  

These pages will give you some tips on what to expect when you start your life in New Zealand. 

In this section:

  • Stages of settling in

    Understand the various emotional phases you may go through as you settle in.

  • Feeling homesick

    Moving to a new country is a big change. You might feel like you have landed in a strange new place and find it hard to...

  • Meeting people

    Get some ideas of where and how to meet new people.

  • Volunteering in New Zealand

    Volunteering is work people do in their own time for free. People in New Zealand volunteer to help non-profit community...

  • Customs & communication

    Get a feel for the unique way New Zealanders think, act and speak.

  • Māori culture

    Learn how understanding Māori people and culture is so important to fitting in.

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Page last updated: 22/06/2020

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