Tips for Moving to New Zealand

There’s a lot to think about when planning a new life in New Zealand. 

The Westpac New Zealand migrant banking team have devised a downloadable check list that could help, and some key links that could assist. 

Before you leave

Sort out your bank account

Sorting out your finances before you arrive can be simpler than you think. Once your application is approved our dedicated team can setup an account for you before you arrive.

Apply for your Immigration Visa

You can apply for a immigration visa through the Immigration New Zealand.

If you would like independent Immigration Advice, we can help you find a Licensed Immigration Advisor. Email the International & Expatriate team now

Get a removal company to ship your personal goods

If you live in the UK, Westpac’s International & Expatriate team can introduce you to removal specialists.  Email the International & Expatriate team now

Find a job

We could make finding a job from the other side of the world that little bit easier! We have relationships with many businesses and recruiters. Get in touch with us and we’ll try to connect you to the right person. 

Here are some popular NZ employment websites to get you started: 

Find somewhere to rent

There are plenty of services over here which can help you find somewhere to live. is one of the more popular websites that people use (but if you need a bit more help, get in touch). 

Research homes to buy

Our local Westpac Home Loan Specialists can provide you with the help you need when you are moving to a new country. As well as helping you figure out how much you could afford to borrow, they have expert local area knowledge like house prices, and schools in the area. 

Find a school for your children

This is priority number one for any parent. Finding a home and school zoning are important. You may wish to research New Zealand schools in the areas you are looking to rent or buy a house. See for information on the New Zealand education system and reviews of New Zealand schools.

Get tax information

New Zealand has tax exemptions in place for migrants moving to New Zealand. This is a specialised area and we can help you get in touch with an independent advisor.

 You might want to also check out the Inland Revenue Department website for New Zealand:


When you arrive

You’ve finally arrived – welcome to New Zealand!

We’re sure you have a list as long as your arm of things to do, but remember we’re here to help. 

Activate your Westpac New Zealand bank account

Contact the International & Migrant Banking team to arrange an appointment. We might be able to get your account activated before you arrive in New Zealand so you can start making withdrawals if you have deposited funds before you arrived.

Talk to us about your banking and financial needs

You’re in a new country, so on the ground help with your banking and finances might be useful. Arrange an appointment with one of our migrant specialists and we can help you with:

  • setting up your day to day banking accounts and credit cards
  • home loans
  • general and life insurance
  • UK pension transfers (if applicable)

Get a tax number

You will need a Tax number to work in New Zealand. We call it an Inland Revenue Department (IRD) number in New Zealand. It’s easy to apply: visit 

Get a drivers' license

If you’re planning on driving in New Zealand, you will need to get a New Zealand drivers’ licence. Visit: to find out more.