Moving to New Zealand

New Zealand’s beautiful landscape, good weather and moderate cost of living make the country a popular destination for young people and families from around the globe who are looking to find a new home, especially workers in the technology sector.

While a change of scenery and promise of a brilliant job in New Zealand’s fast growing and innovative digital and technology sector may sound very appealing, it is important to do thorough research in advance of such a big move, whether you are travelling alone or with a family. This guide gives an overview of the main points to consider and links to useful online resources:

Visa Guide

To work legally in New Zealand, you need to have a visa or evidence of your right to work. New Zealand offers a range of visas including temporary working visas, permanent residency and citizenship. The New Zealand Department of Immigration website has the most-up-to-date information to help you to find the visa for you. The most popular visa for IT professionals is the skilled migrant visa due to the high demand for digital and tech workers in New Zealand and number of organisations looking to overseas to fill these jobs. The New Zealand government’s skills shortage list checker tool helps applicants see if their skills are needed. If you’ve got the qualifications and experience on one of these lists, obtaining a work or residency visa may be easier.

Finding a place to live

Whether you’re looking to buy a house or find out about short-term rental options, Trade Me has a lot of information about the different housing options available including average prices, and even how to find cheap furniture. It’s important to do research before you leave, especially before you make any fixed arrangements.

Finding a job

Most jobs in New Zealand require a CV and covering letter. Before you start applying for jobs, make sure your CV and LinkedIn profile are up-to-date and showcase your skills and experience. Speak to Jamie or Mike at Digital Garage to find out more about the NZ job market, the tech skills most in demand and the jobs that are currently available. Or drop them a line at / – they’d love to hear from you.


People on work visas of two years or more should be covered by New Zealand’s health system and most costs of injuries from accidents are covered by the accident compensation scheme (ACC). Check your eligibility on the Ministry of Health site.

Some people opt to take out private health insurance and Southern Cross has a useful tool to help people find the right health plan for them.

Culture and lifestyle

Auckland is a vibrant city, with many different neighbourhoods and suburbs, green spaces, a stunning waterfront and excellent restaurants and bars. To find out more about what Auckland has to offer in terms of events and lifestyle visit Heart of the City’s website.