Removals To Auckland
Are you thinking of relocating to Auckland? There are so many things to consider and organise, not least a good reputable removals company. You will need to look for an international removal company you can trust to safely transport your personal effects. No one can argue that relocating is not a stressful experience, however, choosing the right moving company can alleviate much of the worry. There are so many to choose from it is difficult to know which one to contact.
White & Company can help you. Having been in the international removals business for 145 years and relocating people around the globe, we have the experience necessary to make your move as stress free as possible. As founder members of BAR, FIDI & OMNI you can be assured of the best possible door to door service
Why Move to Auckland?
Auckland it is a charming, safe and modern city with all the relaxed pace of living you would expect in a seaside settlement. It is nicknamed the ‘The City of Sails’ because of the number of yachts, which sail between Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean and Manukau Harbour on the Tasmanian Sea.
There are many incentives to moving to Auckland, the climate is certainly one, summers are warm, and winters are moderate. Auckland offers the perfect balance between work place opportunities and a healthy lifestyle.
New companies are creating employment opportunities in the city and wages are higher than that of the UK. Plenty of reasons why Auckland is a popular choice for those seeking a higher standard of living and an outdoors way of life.
Working In Auckland
It is important to remember that New Zealand’s immigration rules are strict, particularly regarding employment. Visitors cannot work in New Zealand. However, you may be able to apply for a skilled migrant visa that lets you live and work in Auckland indefinitely.
• A working holiday visa gives UK people aged 18-30 permission to reside for up to 23 months.
• A temporary work visa lets you live and work in Auckland for a set period.
With the correct visa there are some great employment opportunities. Skills in demand currently are in the sectors of ICT, healthcare and engineering. Due to the earthquakes in 2011, there are some good opportunities for those skilled in construction.
Other opportunities are available, particularly if your skills are on the New Zealand’s skill shortages lists. UK technical and professional qualifications are generally recognised.
Visit the following site for more information on working in New Zealand: https://www.newzealandnow.govt.nz/work-in-nz
Property Prices In Auckland
The decision to either rent or buy a property is a difficult one faced by most expats. New arrivals may choose to rent accommodation while they get to know the property market. Most expats will decide to buy a property if they plan to stay for longer than a year or two. The process is not too complicated and happens relatively quickly.
It is important to remember that all property owners in New Zealand are charged property rates by the local council. These can be high, depending on the area, and it’s definitely worth looking into before agreeing to buy a property.
You can rent a one-bedroom apartment in the city for around NZ$1,826 (£947). On the outskirts of the city this drops to NZ$1,460 (£757).
If you are planning to purchase a property. There are plenty on the market in Auckland. Beach front homes are very popular but expensive. Currently you can buy a beautiful contemporary two bedroomed apartment for NZ$1,360,000 (£705,000). Three-bedroomed family properties can be purchased out of town for NZ$900,000 (£466,000).
Ranked 7th in the world, New Zealand has an excellent reputation for providing good quality education. In recent years it has become a popular choice for international students searching for a superior education away from home.
School is compulsory for children aged 6 to 16 years with plenty of further higher and vocational education opportunities.
Visit the following web site for further information regarding education provision in Auckland: https://www.aucklandnz.com
Settling into a new place can feel overwhelming and you will no doubt suffer from a little homesickness from time to time. There are plenty of support services and networks to help make the transition period easier. These services will also assist with making new friends.
Here are several web sites you may find helpful:
Visiting the Auckland government web site is incredibly helpful. Most issues you will encounter are covered here: https://www.govt.nz/
Driving - Almost all expats living in New Zealand find it best to have a car. Driving is on the left-hand side and the Highway Code in New Zealand is similar to that in the UK. You can drive in New Zealand using your UK driver’s license. However, only for a maximum period of 12 months from the date of your arrival.
Following this you must apply for a New Zealand license.
Visit the New Zealand Transport Agency web site below for a comprehensive explanation regarding driving in New Zealand:
Public transport – Transport in Auckland is, reliable and easy to navigate. Comprising of buses, trains, taxis, ferries and coach travel. Buses form the main backbone of the public transport network and they are a good way to travel. There are regular shuttles to and from the city direct to Auckland International Airport.
New Zealand’s unit of currency is the dollar (NZ$). All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand, with Visa and MasterCard accepted most widely.
International Currency Transfer – When you are relocating to a new country, making sure you get the best currency exchange rate possible is crucial. Moving large amounts of money, such as when you purchase a new home, could potentially increase your return substantially.
If you want to beat your banks rates and services, simply contact our trusted FX partners Frontierpay. Opening an account with them couldn’t be simpler and it is totally free of charge. You can compare their rates with your own bank and see how much you can save.
Visit Frontierpay’s web site today: Foreign-Exchange Portal
Shipping My Effects To Auckland
New Zealand takes its customs regulations very seriously. There are strict bio-security rules in place. It is illegal to import most types of foodstuffs into the country. Other restricted items include animal and plant products. Golf clubs and shoes (which may include soil or dirt) need to be cleaned and disinfected before packing.
For a comprehensive information on quarantine laws, visit: www.customs.govt.nz
Contacting White & Company
For further information on our removals to Australia, to start your new job, or any other international destination, contact our international office on 01489 858785. Alternatively complete the form below with your details and we will contact you.
Shipping From The UK To Auckland
Healthcare – New Zealand has a public and private healthcare system. Both offer high standards of care which is free or low cost.
In the public system, essential healthcare services are provided for all New Zealander’s and people residing in New Zealand on a work permit valid for two years or longer.
Private healthcare in New Zealand is excellent. It includes specialist services, primary care and private hospitals which provide non-urgent and elective treatments that complement the public health service's focus on urgent and essential treatments.
There are also access to many private accident, emergency and medical clinics. These provide services outside the usual hours of doctors and clinics in the public system.
White & Company
International Removalists since 1871
We recommend a visit from one of our Surveyors for all International moves, so that we can assess your requirements, and the volume of goods to be moved.
What Others Say...
Wayne Middleton and Brian Witherford were professional and extremely helpful. Did a brilliant job. Would recommend Whites to anyone. Thanks very much.
Have used this company regularly for 5 years including my time in the armed forces. They are professional and efficient. Will use them again on our next move.
The move went very smoothly and they were very polite.
A very smooth move by White and Co. The team worked very hard and were polite, professional and helpful.