Tips For Your First Move to New Zealand

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Read about 'Tips For Your First Move to New Zealand' on USAVE, the place for all things car rental.

New Zealand is a popular destination for immigrants from countries all across the globe – it offers a peaceful lifestyle, great environment, good healthcare and benefits, and good opportunities for work and education. However while it’s an easy place to live, moving here comes with just as many challenges as moving anywhere else. Once you’ve selected your destination and found a suitable new home, the challenge then becomes simply following through and doing it. While there’s a lot to organise, there are some things you can do to make it easier.

1. Get in touch with a local rental van operator. Although some postal services will deliver furniture directly to the new address, some objects may be easier to simply bring as checked baggage for an additional fee. In these cases, you may wish to hire a rental van right from the airport, as this will make it much easier to transport to your new home. The team at USAVE is made up of locals who can also offer advice on the best route to take and how to load the van. A rental van gives you and your family the space to relax and ensure everyone’s luggage will fit.

2. Look up nearby amenities and shops. One thing you’ll want to do is to start stocking up on food and living essentials, and having to go out and forage for a store just adds extra stress. With mapping applications you can look things up well before arriving so you know where to go right away, and can start making your house a home as soon as possible.

3. Research your area and build up a picture in your head. Knowing what to expect in at least some form will make you feel much more comfortable with finding the place, as well as just making it less intimidating in general. Google streetview is a great way to browse a whole neighbourhood easily without even leaving your home, so you know what you’ll find.

When moving to New Zealand for the first time, there’s a lot you can do to make it easier for you and your family, including familiarising yourself and organising any rental vans or trailers well in advance.