Moving from Germany

Many people who move to New Zealand from Germany are looking for a relaxed pace of life, wide open spaces still largely unspoiled and fresh, and people who are friendly and easy to get along with

Find out more about how we’re different and what you need to do to get a visa to enjoy the New Zealand lifestyle.

Wide open spaces

Taking out the relatively small areas where the big populations are leaves vast swatches of country with less than nine people per square kilometre. Now, that’s elbow room.

Our population density

How living in New Zealand compares

Sure, we’re a developed, western-style country with a modern infrastructure and bustling cities. But we’re also 4.7 million people spread across a country three quarters the size of Germany. Less pressure of population means less pressure on the environment and more wide open, clean spaces to enjoy to yourself. That’s just one of the great things New Zealand has to offer.

The famous New Zealand lifestyle

New Zealanders have a great work ethic and like to get ahead as much as anyone else. But we also believe there’s much more to living.

It’s taken for granted by employers and colleagues alike that people have a life away from work. How you use that time is up to you - whether it’s getting sweaty running bush tracks or mountain biking, or just chilling with your friends or family by a beach or in your garden.

No wonder New Zealand scores so consistently highly in international work/life surveys.

New Zealand's balanced lifestyle

Gentler climate, diverse scenery

Like Germany’s, our climate is technically described as ‘temperate’ ie. we generally enjoy warm, dry summers and relatively mild, wet winters. But whereas many areas of Germany have a continental climate, we’re a maritime country. So we avoid the extremes - no stiflingly hot summers or months of being snowbound.

Scenically, New Zealand has much to offer. Of course, Germany has many beautiful spots too.  For example, the mountains and lakes of southern Germany are not dissimilar to what you can find in New Zealand’s South Island.

It’s the sheer diversity of scenery here that will impress you - sweeping sub tropical surf beaches, mysterious native forests, dramatic volcanoes, steaming geothermal areas, braided rivers, fjords and more. Being a long skinny country surrounded by oceans, you’re never more than an hour or two from the coast.

Clean & beautiful place to live

In New Zealand, you're never more than an hour or two from the coast

Red Beach, Auckland

Variety of lifestyle options

With a wide variety of housing options on offer, you’ll have no trouble choosing the lifestyle you’re used to. You’ll also have the opportunity to try something different for yourself or your family.

A spacious stand-alone home in the suburbs with a garden and room for children and pets - semi-rural living on a larger plot of land in the countryside, possibly with larger animals - living by the sea - smart urban apartment living with a view - they’re all possibilities here.

One thing you won’t find here is rows and rows of tower blocks and high-density housing.

Housing in New Zealand

Great choice for families

Family reasons are some of the best reasons for choosing New Zealand. Your children will grow up in a clean and green land with unmatched access to nature and all sorts of healthy sport and recreation opportunities.

You’ll be able to choose a home with room for you all to spread out in, and you’ll benefit from excellent healthcare and public facilities.

Nearly 70% of expats say their children are more confident and well-rounded from their time spent living in New Zealand.

Family life in New Zealand

Recreation opportunities

Healthcare system & services

Family picnic in Wellington, New Zealand

Solid educational standards

If you’re coming to study, or you have children at school you can be confident of the quality of education New Zealand has to offer.

A 2015 OECD report ranked New Zealand in the world’s top 20 countries for ‘Average performance on international student achievement tests’ (measuring 15 year olds' competence with maths and science). Expat parents agree: over 90% them say the quality of New Zealand education is the same or even better than at home.

More recently, the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Human Capital Report found New Zealand as the seventh best country in preparing people for future work.

For tertiary study, all eight of New Zealand’s universities appeared in the top 500 QS World University Rankings 2018 (five of them in the top 300).

Education & schooling in New Zealand

Global school rankings | BBC

Global Human Capital Report | The World Economic Forum

QS World University Rankings | Top Universities 

Comparable costs

You’ll find some things cost less in New Zealand, some more - particularly items that have had to be imported from long distances. But generally, the costs of living here are comparable to other western-style OECD countries.

It all depends on where in Germany you’re coming from, and where in New Zealand you’re coming to. Just like everywhere else, living in New Zealand cities costs more than living in smaller towns.

Cost of living in New Zealand

Jobs in New Zealand

New Zealand's consistent economic growth ensures there are good job opportunities in 2018 (and beyond) in certain areas of the country and for people with specific skills.

Your chances of finding work will be better if your skills are among those covered by the New Zealand skill shortages lists posted by Immigration New Zealand.

Even if your occupation isn’t on the list, there are lots of opportunities in New Zealand for skilled migrants in 2018.

New Zealand's job market & key industries

Skill shortage list check | Immigration New Zealand

Work in New Zealand

There are lots of opportunities for skilled migrants.

Work visas

To work in New Zealand you’ll need one of the various different types of visa that are available.

If you’re aged 18-30, working holiday visas can give you up to 12 months in New Zealand.

Alternatively, there are work visas that let you live and work here for a set period.

If you’re considering New Zealand for the longer term you may be able to apply for a skilled migrant visa that lets you live and work here indefinitely.

Visas to work in New Zealand

Hot tip

Tips for finding work

Here you'll find practical information to help you find a job in New Zealand. As you'll see even if you're not yet in the country, there's lots you can do to get started

Finding work

Investing in New Zealand

New Zealand is on the lookout for investors, and offers many interesting opportunities both in traditional sectors and in innovation-driven niches of ICT, biotech and agricultural research.

Strong economy

New Zealand's economic strength was particularly evident in our response to the global recession. Our economy came through the global recession comparatively well, undoubtedly helped by our relatively low exposure to Europe. While we’re nowhere near the economic powerhouse that is Germany, for several years observers described us as the ‘rock star’ economy.

By December 2014, annual growth had risen to 3.3%, the fastest rate of expansion in six years and, according the New Zealand Treasury, one of the strongest performances in the OECD.

As New Zealand's economy becomes more diverse, its resilience and opportunity remain; with annual growth for 2018 expected to be around 3%, higher than 2.9% for 2017.

In comparison, the Federal Statistical Office reported that Germany’s growth rate to December 2017 was 2.2%.

About our economy

Safe and stable

New Zealand is a safe place to invest your energy, skills and money.

We’re one of the world’s most stable and corruption free democracies where fair dealing prevails and property rights are well protected by law. Transparency International’s 2018 Corruption Perception Index ranks us the least corrupt country in the world, just ahead of Denmark.

We have free trade agreements with Australia, China, India, Japan and many other leading economies, and we’re well connected in terms of communications and international transport.

We’re ranked by the World Bank as the easiest place in the world to start a business (2018) and the world’s second easiest country to do business in general.

Stable & secure place to invest

Visas to invest in New Zealand

Rules & law in New Zealand

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