Starting a new life in New Zealand in 2016
May 12, 2016
A lot of expatriates fantasy of relocating to New Zealand to enjoy the sunny weather, clean air conditions and an outdoors lifestyle. Most of the expatriates are attracted by the parks, hiking trails, waterfalls and beaches.
If you are thinking of moving here you will need to take some time to research the key facts before the relocation. Here are some tips to help you with the previous research.
Picking a place to live will depend mostly on where your work place is located and obviously in how much you can pay. Renting before buying is a wise decision in most of the cases as it allows you to settle-in before making a considerable financial commitment. Check this site to to get an idea of costs and availability here.
It will be good to know the area before renting and explore the nearby facilities such as schools, kindergartens, food markets and green areas. Consider the distance you will need to commute to work every day. It’s better to book short term accommodation in the beginning, this option will give you time to look at different options in different neighbourhoods before making a final decision.
Most properties in New Zealand are rent though real estate agents. Usually the regulation is to pay one month’s rent beforehand, in case of damages. Tenants must also pay a fee for the lease contract, in addition to a deposit for gas and electricity.
Buying a property in New Zealand shouldn’t be difficult as long as you research the market. You might be able to get your dream house as the properties are usually a good size and have also plenty of land.
Visit real estate websites such as realestate.co.nz and professionals.co.nz. to get an idea of the price of the properties.
The medical system in New Zealand, offers both options, public and private healthcare. The Ministry of Health provides a complete public health service managed by local district health boards and provides free treatment for public patients. Even though there are rules around suitability - most migrants are eligible if they are on a working visa valid for longer than two years.
You have also the option to choose a private health insurance. However some migrant visas are not suitable for registration to public health services straight away - therefore it’s advisable to find out your options for private health insurance after applying for visa.
You need to have a travel insurance to cover your trip to New Zealand. This affects to travellers coming on a short term trip and to expatriates moving here over long term. There are a lot of options available that will cover the costs of flight tickets and hotel in case of emergencies or cancellations.