Moving to New Zealand from South Africa

Looking for a safe and peaceful land, where you can give your family the future you want for them? New Zealand could be the perfect choice!

How living in New Zealand compares

Our countries have many elements of a shared British colonial history in common. They make it easier for people from South Africa to feel at home here.

We’re also a peaceful, stable and friendly country. Wealth is relatively evenly distributed and families feel safe to come and go without the constant fear of crime. And we’re a great place to be bringing up children. That’s why, when it’s their time to start a family, so many ex-pat Kiwis return

A lifestyle to envy

People in New Zealand enjoy a great lifestyle. We work hard and are keen to succeed, for sure. But we also guard our time away from work jealously. Workmates and employers alike respect the fact that you have a life outside the office, to pursue your own interests or simply to share in quality time with your family.

New Zealand's skill shortages

There are many job openings for specialists in industries such as construction, engineering, IT and medicine. 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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