Moving to New Zealand

We think New Zealand is pretty awesome and we're glad you think so too! Living in our beautiful country is an amazing experience but does require big decisions and some life changing. All worth it though - as some 4.5million people will testify too.


There are three main population centres in New Zealand: Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The primary language spoken in New Zealand is English and New Zealand Maori is the indigenous language. New Zealander's "kiwis" are well known for their approachable natures and hard work ethics. Our beautiful country ensures that the culture is rich with fitness and outdoor activities. The proximity of many beaches to the epicentre of most towns means you're never too far away from a beautiful day at the beach.

If you have decided that Air New Zealand is the work place for you, then we can't wait to hear from you.

But, if you don't have New Zealand Citizenship, it's likely that you will need a Work Visa. You can visit to find out everything you need to know when it comes to moving to New Zealand.


If you are coming to New Zealand and have not yet secured a job offer then you will need to check with immigration about your Visa status and application process.

Air New Zealand is an "Immigration Accredited Employer" which means depending on the role and if there is a skills shortage in New Zealand, we are able to help "fast-track" Visa applications if we choose to offer you a role.

If you've already secured a job offer from us then we'll be in the process of helping you with your move. But if you have not yet secured a role it will pay to check with immigration what the current Visa applications may be as they can change depending on the countries requirements.


When you get to New Zealand, it's advisable to rent until you decide where you would like to work and live. It's a good idea to become familiar with the country so you can best choose. There are plenty of properties available to rent and lots of credible rental companies. In order to start a tenancy agreement you will need to have a deposit and ideally some references. There are a variety of sites you can rent but to give you an idea of the current market try for comparing rent in the various locations.

Living in New Zealand

Kiwis drive on the left-hand side of the road - a very important thing to remember! Transport in New Zealand centres is pretty good but you'll probably want to buy a car so you can head off for a great "kiwi" road trip and discover the country. You can either purchase from dealers or from the internet again. is a very useful site for looking at second hand cars and it is always advisable to have an authorised mechanic check the car before you purchase. Insurance is not mandatory in New Zealand but is very advisable. You will also need to check if your drivers licence is suitable to use in New Zealand or if you will need to sit a test when you get here. This is done with NZ Transport Agency

Healthcare is of a very high standard in New Zealand and public healthcare is either free or subsidised for New Zealander's and those that are permanent resident or a work-permit holder. Private healthcare is also widely available. Otherwise, if it is not a medical emergency, you are easily able to visit a GP Doctor usually on the same day for a fixed price. New Zealand also has a system called The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) which helps to pay for some of the cost of your care if you are injured from an accident. You cannot sue anyone for compensation for the treatment costs.

Other sites that may be helpful are:

If you still can't find out what you need, our team can also help you with any relocation questions or queries, so just drop us an email with any questions

Good luck and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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