About Living in New Zealand

To help with your decision to live in or visit New Zealand, we have listed some oft he best New Zealand websites packed with information.

Health Care
Customs Requirements
New Zealand Culture



Girl Student

Schools in New Zealand are largely based on the student's age:

  • Early childhood education under 5 year olds
  • Primary 5-11 year olds
  • Intermediate 11-13 year olds
  • Secondary 13-17 year olds
  • Tertiary 18+ year olds

Quality information and details about any primary, intermediate and secondary schools in both public and private sectors, and by regions throughout New Zealand. View this school search at the Ministry of Education website, TKI, which also explains the resources they provide. The main Ministry of Education website is also useful.

The Education Review Office is an independent body whose purpose is to evaluate and report publicly on the education and care of students in schools and early childhood services. You can access their reports on the website.

There are eight state-funded universities in New Zealand, all of them internationally respected for their academic and research standards. View this site for an overall understanding of the NZ university scene.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) ensures that New Zealand secondary and tertiary qualifications are accepted nationally and internationally. NZQA also assesses overseas qualifications for immigrants.



Business Deal

New Zealand's most popular on-line job search site is Seek NZ.

Greenstone Recruitment are specialists in agricultural employment and can be contacted for any help finding a job in New Zealand.

Other employment sites include: New Zealand Jobs and Trade Me.


Health Care

Surgeon with X-Ray

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) provides comprehensive, no-fault personal injury coverage to all New Zealand residents and visitors to New Zealand. Find out what is and isn't covered, and the injury process while visiting and living in New Zealand at the ACC site.

If you need health care as a result of an illness or medical problem, we strongly recommend medical insurance. You will be required to pay for any costs you incur (except for Australian and UK residents where New Zealand has a reciprocal agreement in place). View the insurance section below for more information.


Housing & Rental

Sold House

To view a comprehensive list of homes for rent and sale, go to Real Estate Institute of NZ's website.


Banking & Finance

New Zealand Money

For a directory of banks and other financial institutions to assist you with your monetary questions, go to interest.co.nz. This site guides you to who has the best rate for your circumstances.

Currency transfers are easily calculated at this universal currency converter site.



Duck crossing road sign

As well as medical insurance, you may have questions regarding travel, shipping, car or life insurances; for further information try AMP Graeme Menzies and Associates.


Requirements of New Zealand Customs

NZ passport

To answer your concerns about what items you can bring into New Zealand and what items are prohibited, check out the New Zealand Customs Service.

The requirements for bringing pets into New Zealand depend on the type of animal, where it's from, and if there is an existing import health standard. View more information on bringing your pets.


New Zealand Culture

Maori culture

We do not attempt to explain all the diverse and wonderful cultural aspects of New Zealand, however if you are interested in learning some more about New Zealand, do visit the Statistic New Zealand's website.

Also 100% Pure New Zealand is an interesting website to browse.