The below article was provided by Jennifer Bennet, of A1 Auto Transport
New Zealand is a beautiful place to live. It has a mild climate, beautiful mountains, gorgeous scenery and a unique local culture that’s friendly and laid back, and great social programs and schools.
If you’re planning on making a move to New Zealand for work or school, there are a few things you should consider when relocating. In this guide, we’ll discuss a few of the basic things you should know before you make a long-term move to New Zealand.
Before you can move to New Zealand, you’ll need to obtain a visa or residence permit. There are a variety of different pathways you can take to getting a visa or a residence permit in New Zealand. If you’re interested in this, you can click here to fill out a quick application and view the different options that are available to you.
For the most part, long-term visas and residence permits are split into four categories:
After you obtain a resident visa, you may begin the process of getting permanent residence. If you have been living in the country for more than 2 years, you may apply for a Permanent Resident Visa. This visa will allow you to work, study and live in New Zealand for as long as you like, with no travel restrictions, and includes your partner and all children under the age of 24.
If you are planning a long-term move to New Zealand, it’s a good idea to move your household goods to the country. New Zealand has a high cost of living, so selling your stuff and replacing it once you move is not always the best financial decision.
Luckily, it’s relatively easy to import your used personal effects and household goods into New Zealand. You won’t have to pay any customs duties or taxes as long as:
You can even import inherited goods without taxes or duties, as long as you can show that they were willed to you or given to you as part of an estate.
Note, also, that New Zealand does have some restrictions on items like tobacco, prescription drugs and medicines, weapons & firearms, and certain items manufactured from wildlife. YOu can learn more about prohibited and restricted items here.
To import your household goods into New Zealand, you must have the following documents:
In some cases, you may need additional forms and documents. We recommend consulting this page from the New Zealand Customs Service for more information.
If you want to bring your car to New Zealand, you will be able to bring it into the country without any taxes or duties, as long as you meet a few criteria:
You will need to have an in-person interview with a customs agent to fill out a Deed of Undertaking to confirm that you won’t sell your vehicle, and that it’s for personal use only.
Note, however, that New Zealand, as a former British colony, drives on the left side of the road, so their vehicles are right-hand drive (RHD). If you are importing a car from a country that drives on the right side of the road, you may need to pay to convert your left-hand drive (LHD) vehicle to am RHD vehicle. You can learn more here. There are a few exceptions to this, but they mostly apply to older vehicles and “special interest” vehicles.
This means that if you’re planning on importing a car from the United States, for example, it may not be a good idea to do so. It’s incredibly expensive and impractical to convert modern cars from LHD to RHD – so it’s likely a better idea to simply sell your car and buy a new one after you move.
If you do choose to import your car to New Zealand, you will need a few different forms, paperwork and documents.
Once your vehicle has been imported, you will need to get in touch with the local NZ Transport Agency to register your vehicle, and you will need to insure it. For more information about import and registration process, click here to get more details from the NZ Transport Agency.
New Zealand is a great place to live – and there are many ways to establish residence. Whether you’re a retiree, looking to attend school in New Zealand, or are interested in starting a business or working at a New Zealand-based company, you have a lot of options.
So, as you consider your options for moving to New Zealand and starting your new life, keep the information in this article in mind. Follow the tips in this guide, and you’re sure to have an easier time as you move to New Zealand.
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