Moving to New Zealand from the UK

If you’re thinking about spending serious time abroad, you should be considering New Zealand.

How living in New Zealand compares

While we share a lot of history and many traditions, we’re a much greener and less crowded country than the UK. It’s easy to do things outdoors and you’ll have time for your own interests. It’s also a great place for children, with so many recreational activities and a world-class education system that is largely free

A lifestyle to envy

The pace is relatively relaxed here. We’re laid-back and easy to get along with, and while doing well at work is important, time away from the office is high-priority too. Commuting isn’t the hassle it is in the UK, and even in the biggest cities you’re only minutes from a beach, native park or mountain biking trail.

New Zealand's skill shortages

There are many job openings for specialists in industries such as construction, engineering, IT and healthcare. But there are also opportunities to contribute more generalist skills.

If your job is on a skill shortage list and you have the qualifications and experience to match, the work visa application process is likely to be faster. And you may even be able to apply for a resident visa.

More information

Deciding to move to a new country is a big decision. To learn more about the great quality of life you could have in New Zealand, visit our Living in NZ and Working in NZ sections. 

Real opportunities. Real life.

  • Jobs in NZ

    Chronic skill shortages

    Our economy is among the strongest in the OECD. We have skill shortages in over 150 professions.

  • Job opportunities

    Opportunities to advance

    Our flatter business structures mean you’ll be closer to senior people and able to prove yourself.

  • Living in NZ

    Enjoy work-life balance

    Spend more time with family and friends. We consistently lead quality of life surveys.

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