Get me to New Zealand

Looking to get to New Zealand? You've come to the right place!

Job-seekers should consider working in New Zealand, with its in-demand occupations, low cost of living and high quality of life!

New Zealand is looking for Electricians and Plumbers who are New Zealand Registered and licenced, which for many overseas candidates used to be difficult to obtain while living outside of New Zealand - but not any more!

GB Construction Training have worked out for you the best pathways, so that you can fast track your decision to work in New Zealand. Qualified Electricians or Plumbers are now able to attend the New Zealand Licensing Programmes in London that will enable them to become registered in line with NZ requirements prior to moving out there, with job offers available in NZ if they are successful in passing the assessments.

Use the side navigation to the left to find out further information on the two pathways for Electricians or Plumbers.

Moving to New Zealand


A good place to start is to check out the New Zealand Immigration website. This can help guide you through the different types of visas available as well as explaining eligibility and requirements. You can visit their website at


There are a number of removalist companies that specialise in global relocations, so it's a good idea to get a range of quotes before making a decision. Keep in mind the cheapest quote isn't necessarily the best one.

Take into consideration:

  • how long it will take for your belongings to arrive
  • the insurance policy details and whether or not the company can help you with customs documentation

New Zealand has some tight quarantine laws, particularly around food, plant and animal material. There are also other restrictions on what you can bring into the country and in some cases permits may be required.

To be safe, it is best to check with customs before deciding what to bring with you when you move to New Zealand.


It's called down-under for a reason. Flying here from Europe, South Africa, North America and even most parts of Asia takes time. So it's good to be prepared.

Depending on your country of origin and preferred stopovers, there are numerous airlines to choose from. Most New Zealand capital cities, but particularly, Auckland, Wellinging and Christchurch, provide multiple flying options.

Once past the usual customs, visa and quarantine checks, a new world of opportunity and challenge awaits. Here is a list of some things to consider:

  • Sort transport to your lodgings (all airports have shuttle transfers, taxis plus various public transport options)
  • Book and/or check in to your accommodation
  • Contact family and friends 'back home' and tell them you've arrived
  • Explore your new surroundings and sample the local produce
  • Learn the lingo and customs
  • Register at your local consulate

Everyone's circumstances and expectations differ. But moving to New Zealand, with some prior planning and savvy in-flight practices might just be the most liberating and life-affirming decision you ever make.


There are five major banks and a number of smaller banks to choose from in New Zealand.

There are banks in cities and towns right throughout the country, but not all banks operate nationally. It’s a good idea to check their website to see if the bank you’re considering has a branch in your new hometown.

Banks in New Zealand have lots of experience in helping migrants and many of them have multilingual migrant advisors. Check that they speak your language if necessary.

It is a good idea to open a New Zealand bank account from your home country. You can open an account here up to a year before you move.

You can transfer money into your new account before you arrive in New Zealand. It acts as a holding account, ready for you to use when you arrive. It also means you can provide your employer with a bank account number so receiving your first pay is easier.

When you arrive, you will most likely need to activate your New Zealand bank account. To activate your account you’re often asked to verify your identity and permanent address. As you may not have a permanent address as soon as you arrive, it’s a good idea to check with your bank what the options are for your first few weeks here.

Tips & Advice

Useful Links


Government Sites

Drivers Licences Information you need to get a licence

Government/Importing and regulations New Zealand Border control, New Zealand High Commission in London, United Kingdom - New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4TQ.

Sporting Sites


Tourist Sites Auckland Wellington Christchurch Dunedin Nelson Sky Tower in Auckland South Island Ski Fields Queenstown

Utilities Electricity Company Electricity Company Electricity Company


Weather New Zealand weather

14 Useful Tips on how to move to New Zealand, all from people who have made the move:

  1. Put all important paper work in a travel file, including birth and marriage certificates, mortgage and bank statements, your driver's licence and any insurance policy documents you have.
  2. It's useful to have certified copies of your identification documents as well as electronic copies, as you may need to email these if you need to secure a tenancy agreement.
  3. Gather up any doctor or dentist files as well as a copy of any optical prescriptions. If you have children, make sure you get a copy of their immunisation records.
  4. If you need medication, make sure you have enough to last until you find a new doctor in New Zealand.
  5. Bring copies of your children's school reports and your resume, including work references and qualifications. Scan and save these documents to a USB memory stick to reduce the amount of paperwork you're travelling with.
  6. Finalise and close any utility accounts such as power, gas, internet and phone. Make sure you've supplied a forwarding address for the final statements.
  7. Consider closing your bank accounts. You may like to leave a fee free or low fee account open for any last minute banking. Ensure your signing authority is up to date and you're able to provide email or fax instructions if possible.
  8. Cancel your insurances where relevant, including house, contents and car. Also review your life insurance - check if it's valid overseas.
  9. Redirect your mail and be sure to advise remaining contacts of your new address.
  10. Set up an independent email address (such as with Gmail) and transfer your existing address book over before you leave. You might also like to save this to a USB memory stick as well.
  11. Contact your accountant to obtain any taxation advice you might need and advise them of your intending relocation and new address.
  12. Advise your solicitor of your intended move and provide them with your new contact details. This might also be a good time to ensure your will is up to date.
  13. If you're intending to rent in New Zealnad, it's a good idea to obtain a reference letter. If you've rented previously, get a letter from the property manager or owner of the property. If you own a rental property, obtain a reference letter from your property manager. Alternatively, obtain a personal reference letter.
  14. If you're intending to rent, make sure you've budgeted for at least 6-8 weeks rent as most rental properties require four weeks deposit as well as monthly payments in advance.

This article covers general information about Moving to New Zealand, and doesn't take your individual circumstances into account. Please use it as a guide only.

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