A Place in the Sun New Zealand

A Place in the Sun New Zealand

Moving Overseas – A Place in the Sun New Zealand

It’s almost everyone dream to be moving overseas and searching for a place in the sun New Zealand. For many people New Zealand is the ideal place to relocate. There are over 313,000 expats living in New Zealand. Which is no surprise, the climate is good, there is plenty of space, the scenery is beautiful and lots of people speak English.

If you are considering a move to New Zealand, it is essential to do your research so that you can avoid any costly issues.

Before you go ahead and make the move, you should make sure that you have:

• Researched your destination, and the local customs and laws
• Obtained independent legal advice
• Researched the tax regulations
• Made plans for your health cover

Once you have taken the decision to relocate to New Zealand, you will undoubtedly need to enlist the services of an international moving company to ship your goods overseas and to help manage your move. White & Company can provide a top-quality and efficient removal service to any international destination and as founder members of BAR, FIDI & OMNI, you can rest assured your move will be in safe hands.

White & Company is the proud winner of the 2016 British Association of Removers ‘Overseas Mover of the Year’ Competition and finalists in the 2017 competition, further reinforcing the high level of service they provide to all their customers.

Founded in 1871, they are one of the UK’s largest international moving companies:

White & Company Removals Storage & Shipping
Hillsons Road
SO30 2DY

Tel: 01489 854 286 for a free moving quote

Opening Times:
Mon 09:00 – 17:00
Tue 09:00 – 17:00
Wed 09:00 – 17:00
Thu 09:00 – 17:00
Fri 09:00 – 17:00
Sat 09:00 – 12:00
Sun Closed

A Place in the Sun New Zealand – About New Zealand

Moving to New Zealand is a thrilling opportunity, but also one that requires dedication, plenty of organisation and time to research what is available. Thinking life will be one long holiday is a usual mistake. You’ll need to prepare yourself for the physical, psychological and financial factors of moving.

The first thing to do is to decide where you would like to settle. Auckland Christchurch and Wellington are all popular cities.

Auckland – This is one of the most multicultural of New Zealand’s cities. It has a large Asian Community and the biggest Polynesian population of any city in the world. It has the Auckland Museum, the Auckland Art Gallery and Waitomo Caves, where you can see the silica terraces, mud pools and unique geothermal vegetation. The city offers the perfect balance between work place opportunities and a healthy lifestyle.

It has a relatively small population of around 1.5 million people. The city has the moderate climate, the summers are warm and in winter the temperature only drops to an average of 11°C (51°F). Auckland was ranked third in Mercer’s 2011 ‘Quality of Living’ survey and holds fifth place in similar surveys, making it a very attractive destination for expats.

Christchurch – This is one of the most English of New Zealand’s cities. That said, it is a city still coping with one of the worst natural disasters, following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. The Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park remain some of NZ’s most beautiful public spaces and there are many interesting new art projects across the city. The New York Times ranked Christchurch no. 2 on their 52 ‘Places to Go’ list in 2014.

Wellington – The city has a lovely harbour side setting and has been called the world’s coolest little capital; it’s also the centre of New Zealand’s craft beer revolution. The capital city has been totally revamped over the past ten years and has a very healthy economy. The city is home to the nation’s head government offices with plenty of public sector jobs available.

A Place in the Sun New Zealand – Buying a Property in New Zealand

There are plenty of options from ranch-style family homes to modern bachelor apartments and expats will find they have plenty of choice. In New Zealand ‘units’ are generally used to describe any single home. ‘Home units’ usually describe smaller homes that are grouped with other similar houses around a shared driveway.

Owing to the large number of forests in New Zealand, many houses are made from wood; it is always wise to check that insulation is adequate. You can expect to pay NZ$ 9,000.00 per square metre for an apartment in a city centre in New Zealand.

According to CEO Brendon Skipper, Auckland was the only region across the country where the demand for housing is down on the same period last year. Demand in the region dropped 8.1 per cent, compared to the same time last year. The average asking price in Auckland went up just 0.4 per cent in November, compared to the previous month. Despite this slower rate of growth, asking prices in the region hit another record high of $947,141.

Here is a list of real estate agents, which may prove helpful in your search for a property:

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• Bayleys –
• First National New Zealand –
• Ray White New Zealand –

A Place in the Sun New Zealand – Education and Schools in New Zealand

The quality of education in New Zealand is amongst the best in the world and expats should have no problems finding a suitable school. State education in New Zealand is fully funded by the government and cities such as Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington will have a good choice of schools.

A Place in the Sun New Zealand – Things to do on arrival in New Zealand

• Visit your nearest Settlement Support Office – they’re designed to help all newcomers and are a source of plenty of useful information.
• Open a bank account – In New Zealand it’s possible to walk into any bank and open a bank account there and then. Take a form of identity with you as well as your passport.
• Get an IRD number – You will need this if you want to work in New Zealand. You can apply for this number online or you can go to a NZ Post Office who will be able to assist with the process.
• Purchase a book on Maori traditions – it is advisable to learn some of the vocabulary as well as having a basic understanding of local traditions.
• Convert your driving licence – Obtain a New Zealand driving licence as soon as possible, although expats can drive in New Zealand for up to a year with a driver’s licence from their home country as long as it is in English.

White & Company are proud winners of the British Association of Removers ‘Overseas Mover of the Year’ Competition 2016 and finalists in the 2017 competition.

 Removals Sevenoaks Winner 2016 Overseas Remover of The Year

When moving overseas, making sure you get the best exchange rate possible is essential to starting your new life on a sound footing. White & Company has an exclusive arrangement with an FX Firm (foreign exchange company). Simply follow the link below to see what additional monies you will receive compared to using your high street bank and to set up a free no obligation account. White & Company/foreign-exchange

Whether you need to arrange monthly payments to service an overseas mortgage, or wish to protect yourself against exchange rate fluctuations and fix the rate for up to a year, we will be able to suggest the most suitable way to do so. Open your free, no obligation account in as long as it takes to stop for a coffee.

White & Company Have Branches In The Following Locations


Opening Times:
Mon 09:00 – 17:00
Tue 09:00 – 17:00
Wed 09:00 – 17:00
Thu 09:00 – 17:00
Fri 09:00 – 17:00
Sat 09:00 – 12:00
Sun Closed

To read independent reviews from our customers visit Referenceline 

“We were also moving farm, Dairy Herd, Sheep, Equipment. The house move was very smooth indeed and stress free. The team were fabulous, thank you.”

“My removal was carried out exactly as arranged; The removal team were, pleasant, and nothing was too much trouble, they made what could have been stressful, into a very stress free operation, and I thank them.”

“The people we dealt with were informative clear on cost and time. Overall a smart firm demonstrated by efficient staff, hard working delivery men. Careful unpacking and swiftly done. I would definitely choose them again. They made the move as smooth as possible. Also note that we gave only one week notice. We were grateful to them.”

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