Moving to New Zealand from the US: What You Need to Know

New Zealand is a gorgeous island country located in the South Pacific Ocean and is comprised of two islands: North Island and South Island. The capital, Wellington, is a waterfront city that is home to more than 212,000 people. Formed by volcanic activity, New Zealand displays beautifully varied topography—from tall mountains to vast plains and plateaus. Expect pleasant temperatures year-round in this temperate climate and varied rainfall with the western cities experiencing wetter seasons than the eastern cities. New Zealand has three World Heritage sites located across the country: Tongariro National Park, Te Wahipounamu, and the Subantarctic Islands. New Zealand is also known for its unique biodiversity and is the base for wildlife conservation efforts including sanctuaries and ecological restoration. If you are looking for a change of pace and want to experience a vastly different location in a place that is culturally similar to the United States, then check out our Atlas® International guide to moving to New Zealand.

A lone tree grows from the placid waters of New Zealand.

New Zealand is home to incredible flora and fauna.

Moving to New Zealand from the US

New Zealand is relatively easy for Americans to immigrate to because the country predominately speaks English. New Zealand also has opportunities for immigrants to become residents with work-to-residence visas as well as skilled migrant visas based on a points system. You can even register your interest on the New Zealand government’s website for personalized emails about job opportunities if you don’t have something lined up already. When you move to New Zealand, you can expect a healthy work-life balance surrounded by breathtaking scenery. In your downtime, there is no shortage of otherworldly places to visit—many of which serve as the location for films like The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings.

Where to move in New Zealand

Auckland is home to many job opportunities, while cities like Hamilton, Palmerston North, Dunedin, and Christchurch are popular cities for students looking to study abroad. Some of these cities are looking for skilled workers, which makes it an easier choice when it comes to relocating for work. Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, offers a blend of a big city with a rural feel. It is surrounded by the Rimutakas and the Tarauas mountains and has a bustling city life. For quieter locations, Napier is at the top of many lists. This coastal city is known for fine dining and performance art as well as job opportunities.  

Two people are packing their furniture and getting ready for their move to New Zealand.

Plan your New Zealand move with Atlas® International.

An Ex-pat’s Guide to New Zealand

Thinking of moving from the US to New Zealand? Check out our detailed customs guide for international relocation tips including household goods importing, restricted and prohibited items, moving pets, importing vehicles, and documentation you will need.

New Zealand Customs Form

How do I move to New Zealand?

Getting started with planning your move to New Zealand is as easy as getting in touch with an international moving company. Atlas® International is a full-service global moving company with more than 50 years of professional experience. From individual residential moves to military and corporate relocations, we have helped people start the next chapter of their life with quality, door-to-door service, and stress-free planning. Experience the Atlas® International difference with a management team vetted by decades of international relocation experience with worldwide accredited moving certifications. Need assistance with common moving questions like import regulations and applying for a visa? Whether you just getting started with planning your New Zealand move or have your personal affairs in order, Atlas® International is here to help.

Ready to get started? Get in touch with an Atlas® International moving expert and begin planning your move today. Give us a call at 206-526-1137 or contact us to receive personalized advice on beginning your move to Zealand.