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New Zealand Checklist

We have compiled a brief, up-to-date and meaningful guide to assist you in your move to Aotearoa.

This information is provided as a guideline only.

Before you leave...

In order to work within New Zealand, you need to hold a valid work permit / visa. For information on work permit / visa types, your eligibility and to lodge a formal application, please refer to either The New Zealand Immigration Service or Malcolm Pacific (Malcolm Pacific is the largest, independent immigration consultancy in New Zealand).


Your first few days in New Zealand are more likely to be easy and problem-free if you arrive with the following documents:

  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage certificates
  • Academic qualifications
  • References from previous employers
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Credit references
  • An international drivers licence or permit

NOTE: All documents should be originals - not copies. If documents are not in English, they should be accompanied by certified translation.


You should obtain adequate travel insurance before arriving in New Zealand and ensure that it covers loss of passport, baggage and money.

Plan what to wear

The weather is changeable, so bring a range of clothes and do not forget to include a raincoat. Remember, seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere.

Money requirements when you first arrive

Most New Zealand banks have branches at international airports with comprehensive foreign exchange facilities. But if possible, arrive with some New Zealand money in mixed denominations. $5, $10, $20 and $50 notes are recommended as traveller.