New Zealand often ranks top of the list for people making an international move. They choose a kiwi lifestyle not just for the high employment rate and financial opportunities, but also because it is an incredible country to call home.
Why New Zealand is a favoured migration destination
New Zealand is home to beautiful and diverse ecosystems, from jaw-dropping mountain ranges and glaciers to rainforests and deserts. New Zealand has it all. Ranked fourth on the Global Peace Index with little to no crime, it is one of the safest countries in the world. It takes fourth (lowest) place on the Corruption Perceptions Index, making it one of the least corrupt countries.
New Zealand’s economy is among the strongest in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). If you work in the following job sectors, you may have an easier path to immigration thanks to skill shortages:
- Business and finance
- Agriculture and forestry
- Oil and gas
- ICT and electronics
Immigration policies have been developed to support New Zealand’s economic growth and there are a range of New Zealand visas that you may be eligible for. Choosing the best option for your circumstances will likely depend on how long you want to stay, whether you’ve already got a job lined up and if you fall under one of the skill shortage categories.
Shipping your belongings
If you’ve chosen to make the move but still have a few things that didn’t go with the rest of the house, you may need 1st Contact Shipping. It’s a fast and safe international excess baggage shipping service that can be tailored to your exact needs. You can track your possessions, online, every step of the way and have them delivered door-to-door, or door-to-port.
International money transfers to New Zealand
Once you’ve got your belongings sorted out, you also need to transfer your funds to your new home. Our International Forex Service gives you the flexibility to transfer money from anywhere and at any time. All transfers to new Zealand are only £1 and we get you better rates than the banks, all with a personal service that connects you with a broker every step of the way.
While banks do individual transfers, we transfer in bulk. Bulk buying means we get better rates and that means we can pass our savings on to you.
Fascinating facts about New Zealand
Finally, here are a few fascinating facts about New Zealand.
- The world’s first commercial bungee jump was a 43 metre leap off the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown in 1988.
- Although it is around the size of Japan, New Zealand’s population is just over four million, making it one of the worlds least populated.
- In 1893, New Zealand became the first country to give women the right to vote.
- Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to climb Mount Everest in 1953, was a New Zealander.
- Baron Ernest Rutherford, the first person in the world to split the atom in 1919, was also a New Zealander.
- While rugby remains the most popular spectator sport in New Zealand, golf is the most popular participation sport. There are more golf courses in New Zealand per capita of population, than any other country in the world.
- Auckland also has the largest number of boats per capita than any other city in the world.
- New Zealand won the first ever Rugby World Cup, held in 1987.
- New Zealand has won more Olympic gold medals per capita, than any other country.
- The world’s smallest marine dolphin, is found nowhere else in the world but in New Zealand waters.
- New Zealand is also home to the world’s only flightless parrot, the Kakapo.
- There are no land snakes, native or introduced, in New Zealand
- There are also no nuclear power stations in New Zealand.
- The Maori name for New Zealand is Aotearoa, which means “the land of the long white cloud”.
- Another great reason to live in New Zealand if you love surfing and other water sports is that you’re never more than 128 km from the coast.
- The longest place name in the world is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, a hill in Hawkes Bay.
- Wellington is the southernmost capital city in the world
- Only 5% of New Zealand’s population is human – the rest are animals.
- Blue Lake, in Nelson Lakes National Park, has the clearest water in the world.
- In 2013, New Zealand legalised same-sex marriage.