Immigrating or Migrating to New Zealand!

So, you have make a huge decision to move to New Zealand. What now? You googled online and there were just heaps of information. You felt overwhelmed and have no idea where to start. No worries. You are sort of covered. I was exactly where you were and probably thousand of others had been in your position.  Where to start? What to expect? How? Where ? Questions, questions and more questions.

I am hoping that this post would serve somewhat like a guide to help you settle in New Zealand.

What to bring with you?

To be honest, what to bring is a tough one. But I will try to break it down or at least summaries what I think is important.


Four seasons appropriate clothing, of course. You basically can get most of your stuffs here if you need to. But if you are coming from Asia – I probably strongly suggest that you bring more over from Asia if you can. As things can be quite pricey here. Don’t forget if you wear odd sizes like a very (example: small feet or huge feet), bring more of those stuffs from your home or where you know that you can get them.

Food & Other Goods

In most big cities such as Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, you can get quite a reasonable amount of international food that you might missed from home. But if you have the space, why not? It can help with your homesickness if you yearn for some yummy delicacy from home. Best place to check the restrictions and the amount you can bring; about what you can and cannot bring in your bags; check with New Zealand Custom Services. Just remember to declare, declare and declare even if you are unsure when you are bring those stuff with you. Read this WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW from the Bio-security website.

My suggestion: I always packed all the things I think need declaring in a box or luggage for easy opening at immigration. And, don’t forget DECLARE everything that you are not sure of.


I think documents are among the most important things that you need to have with you when packing. The rest doesn’t matter as you can probably buy most of them. But not those documents if you want to be stress free and settled in quickly.

All of your documents should be ORIGINALS, not copies. If they are not in English, bring a certified translation with you.

  • Passport (check your expiry date)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Adoption, separation or divorce papers
  • Academic Qualifications
  • Trade or professional certificates and licenses
  • References from previous employers
  • CV (Curriculum Vitae/ Resume) – Check Careers NZ for CV/Cover Letter/Interview/Career help!
  • Your home country driving license and International driver’s license
  • Automobile Association Membership. AA, FIA and AAA members often have a reciprocal benefits from clubs around the world.Entitlements vary in each country. So check in your home branch to see if you can use this and even transfer the membership to New Zealand. Often to do this, you just need to bring your Membership card to show proof that your Membership is current. Print out a letter to confirm your Membership status and take it with you might be the easiest option. It might save you heaps of money if you have been a member in your home country for a good period of time.

My suggestion: Make sure you make copies of the above and keep it safely away from the originals.


Don’t forget to bring some New Zealand Dollars for when you just arrived.

Next post: You are here! What to do next?


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