What You Need to Know Before Moving to New Zealand


Sarah Peddie

Planning to move and work abroad can be a tricky business. There are many things that you need to sort out before arriving at your dream destination. 

But, no need to worry as we have put together some helpful information you need to know before you make your move to another country and start your new career overseas.

Article 2 - What You Need to Know Before Moving to New Zealand 

1 - Choosing the Right Visa For You

First of all, you need to have the right visa to suit your circumstances.

Temporary visas allow you to live and work in New Zealand for a certain amount of time. Working temporarily can then be used as a step towards permanent residency. 

There are a range of work visas for people who work in a profession that is dealing with skill shortages or have a job offer from an employer in New Zealand. 

For doctors going to work in New Zealand, you also have to confirm your eligibility for registration.

Visit the Medical Council website and make sure you register and fill out an application.

2 - Cost of Living 

New Zealand offers good salaries for doctors which means basic living costs are quite cheap and it is easy to afford a comfortable lifestyle in the cities. 

Setting up accommodation is essential before you arrive at your destination. Renting or buying a house is a lot cheaper and lower compared to the prices in places like London. 

3 - Healthcare 

Primary healthcare which includes General Practices, out-patient services and prescriptions are funded by a combination of public subsidy and private contributions. 

Many GP’s run as a private business and set their own fees. The cost of the visit will be lowered if you enrol with the GP as the Government subsidies will lower the fee. 

Secondary healthcare like hospital treatment is free to people who meet the eligibility criteria. Check here to see if you are eligible for publicly funded healthcare in the country. 

4 - Education System 

For people moving to New Zealand with children of school age there is a choice of three different types of schools you can put your children to. 

State schools are where the vast majority of children in the country go to get an education. Schooling is free but parents are asked to make a contribution towards the cost of out of school activities. 

State integrated schools are schools that may be run by a particular religious faith or use specialist education methods. Around 10% of students are enrolled in these schools.

Private schools are an option as well with annual fees costing around NZ$20,000.

5 - Climate 

New Zealand has a mild climate, moderate rainfall and a lot of hours of sunshine.

The temperature decreases the further down the country you travel. January and February are the warmest months of the year as they are the summer months. July is typically the coldest month. In summer, the temperature averages between 20-30°C and in winter it’s usually around 10-15°C

Thinking about moving to New Zealand for a job overseas? Register with us today and see if you can make your dream job become a reality.