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    Why Move to New Zealand?


It’s no secret that New Zealand is breathtakingly beautiful.

It’s constantly chosen as a backdrop for films, is forever the perfect stage for tourists’ social media-worthy snaps and still astounds the NZ Visa Connections team at every turn on a road trip. 

But New Zealand is more than its physical landscape. It’s also rich in culture and stories, safe and welcoming for families, and is nimble in its ability to change and progress thanks to its small but sparky size – choose New Zealand to invest in or start up a business, and you’ll be amazed at the speed of growth. 



Lifestyle Choices

New Zealand doesn’t have the endless sprawls of high-density housing or rows of towering high-rises you find elsewhere. There’s room to breathe and a wide variety of lifestyle options.  

You can choose upbeat urban apartment living or a suburban backyard with room for children and a vegetable patch (we call this a ‘quarter acre paradise’). Alternatively, you can go a little further afield and live by the sea or get close to nature in rural open spaces, with some farmland and animals (known here as lifestyle blocks). 

New Zealand is the perfect place to bring up children. There are wonderful opportunities for young people to grow up with easy access to sports and outdoors, space and freedom: to ride horses, to run along open beaches, to swim in clean water, to walk through native forests and to truly experience the beauty of nature. 

Our wide-open spaces mean you have the choice of every style of living you and your family could want. There is a wide range of housing options in New Zealand in terms of style, quality and price depending on location. 

Smaller, less crowded cities and towns make getting to and from work much easier. Expect to leave home at a decent hour and arrive back in time to achieve something in the evening.

What do Expats think of their move to New Zealand?

It is stable, peaceful, and safer than just about anywhere else in the world – in fact, we are the second safest country in the world, according to the 2017 Global Peace Index. 

76% of expat parents living in New Zealand felt that their “offspring are more healthy living in New Zealand” according to HSBC’s 2015 Expat Explorer survey. Nearly three in five agreed that they personally had become more physically active since their move to New Zealand. Expats rate New Zealand first in the world for ‘health’. 


Developed Public Services 

Individuals and families in New Zealand get great support from a range of public services. They can include access to welfare and support if someone has an accident or if either parent cannot work because of sickness or unemployment.

New Zealand‘s comprehensive health system is built on Kiwis’ inbuilt need to see that everyone gets “a fair go” in life. New Zealand residents benefit from free or low-cost healthcare thanks to heavy Government subsidies, and most non-residents can use healthcare services, dependent on their visa status.

New Zealand offers an excellent education system. For example, in what’s been called the “biggest ever global school rankings”, the OECD in 2015 put us comfortably in the top 20 nations for the quality of our schools.

New Zealand offers an excellent education system with all eight of our universities in the top 3% in the world. It is ranked as the #1 English speaking country in the world for preparing students for the future.

Add in a safe learning environment and a healthy dose of the outdoor recreation available in our wide-open spaces, and you have a recipe for producing resourceful and confident young adults ready to take on the world.

Here are some further resources, opinions and experiences on why you should consider moving to New Zealand:

  • "Overall, my experience with NZ Visa Connections has been very pleasant and enjoyable. They provided me with the peace of mind and confidence that everything will be sorted, and that my visa application was in very good hands. The team was very efficient, organized, and “on-the-ball” on all immigration policies and requirements. The weekly video chats to check on the progress of my “paper trail” was very helpful. It was a very professional engagement with a personal touch. "

    Jessica Misa Baird, Work Visa Support

  • "My experience has truly been nothing short of easy and amazing. NZ Visa Connections has been thorough since the inception of our relationship. Understanding the ins and outs of the process has been overwhelming and not always easy to follow. But, they've been transparent, calming and honest during an otherwise difficult to navigate process. The team goes above and beyond and it's very evident they are passionate about the work that they do."

    Ashley Bent, Work Visa Support

  • "Outstanding work from NZ Visa Connections in regards to helping our company secure visas for two of our key staff members. These two wonderful ladies have gone above and beyond for our company. Rebecca was the case manager for two of our staff members and  she worked exceptionally hard to renew their visas on the 11th hour. I was so impressed with her amazing ability to make things happen with such a positive outcome. "

    Lee Dewerson, Employer / Business services

  • "We first meet NZ Visa Connections back in 2017 when we were looking for an advisor to apply for Reon's first work Visa, We have continued to work with NZ Visa Connection ever since. With that said we have found them to be very professional throughout this process and have been Successful with our application for Reon Visas. Reon and myself would have no problem with recommending NZ Visa Connection to any person who needed Visa advice. "

    Ross & Reon Laird, Work Visa Support

  • "I was very nervous about trying to employ an international applicant, but NZ Visa Connections helped me employ the perfect person for our team, even making suggestions so we could apply for a 3-year Visa straight away. They assisted and supported me every step of the way, from helping with the advertisement to preparing Visa application documents, through to procuring the visa’s required for our employee. They were knowledgeable and eminently capable, and I would have no hesitation referring them to any other business thinking about hiring internationally."

    Lisa Coleman, Employer / Business services

  • "NZ Visa Connections basically took the stress out of my work and residence visa applications. I honestly feel so lucky to have found them in the first place --through my sister's colleague's recommendation. They were as amazing to work with as what we heard about them. The whole process was already quite streamlined for us (my partner and I). We simply had to follow through a well-defined checklist with details like: the importance of a specific document, suggestions and prompts for letters and other write up. It was very clear to us that they are the expert we needed."

    Donna Dychinco, Residence Visa support