The Ultimate Checklist for Moving to New Zealand

The Ultimate Checklist for Moving to New Zealand
January 30 10:37 2017 Print This Article

Are you ready to move to New Zealand? If you are planning to emigrate to this beautiful country soon, there are many important things that you should do before you leave. However, it can be difficult to remember everything that you need to accomplish before you make the big move. Here is a big list of things that you will need to get done before you relocate, so that you can keep yourself organised and check off each task as you go.

  • Figure out what kind of visa you will need to live and work in New Zealand and what the requirements are. Start the application process for your New Zealand working visa.
  • Start looking online for jobs in New Zealand for UK citizens. Send as many applications as possible and if you hear back, you can even set up an interview for when you arrive.
  • Make sure that your passport is still valid and still has at least 6 months of validity from the date you will enter New Zealand.
  • Buy your plane tickets and make any necessary travel reservations for your trip.
  • Figure out if you need to have an international driving license if you want to be able to drive a car in New Zealand.
  • Make a folder in which you have gathered all of your important documents. Make copies of these documents and keep them as safe as possible. This will likely include your birth certificate, academic qualifications, marriage certificate, references from your employers, your CV, your credit references and your driving license.
  • Do some research into where you will be living and get to know what to expect when you arrive.
  • Make a list of things that you want to do in your new home, such as attractions you want to visit and day trips you want to take.
  • Get quotes from freight companies to choose the best option for shipping so that you can save.
  • Let your children’s school know that you will be moving. Register them at the new schools they will be attending in New Zealand.
  • Give your contacts a forwarding address, such as your passport office, bank, accountants, etc.
  • Arrange for any post to be redirected via the post office.
  • Pay off any outstanding debts in the UK.
  • Cancel any direct debits that are coming out of your UK bank account.
  • Cancel your car insurance and your newspapers.
  • Cancel any accounts that you might have such as insurance, phone, internet and TV.
  • Give formal notice to your employer and let them know what date you will be leaving.
  • Request credit references from your bank, which will be helpful when you are opening up a New Zealand bank account.Image result for The Ultimate Checklist for Moving to New Zealand
  • If you are bringing your pet with you, check to make sure that they have the vaccines that are required to make the journey to New Zealand. They may be required to go to quarantine – so do some research into this.
  • Don’t forget to arrange your travel insurance and your health insurance.
  • Have you put your house in the UK on the market so that you can sell it before you move to the UK?
  • If you are renting, have you given your landlord the appropriate amount of notice before moving out?
  • Go through everything you own and have a serious decluttering session before you move. Sell or give away any unwanted belongings.
  • Make sure that you have the right electric plug adaptors so that you will be able to use your electronics in New Zealand.
  • Figure out how you are getting to the airport. If a friend is driving you, arrange the details with them. If you are taking public transport, figure out the time table.
  • Check the rules for what you can bring with you through New Zealand customs. The guidelines are quite strict, as New Zealand is careful about protecting its natural environment.

These are just a few of the important steps that you will need to take when you are preparing the make the move to New Zealand. It’s quite complicated to emigrate to New Zealand from the UK, but it is completely possible. Don’t get overwhelmed, just complete one task at a time and check it off when you are done – you’ll be on your way in no time.

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