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Move to Wellington

Moving to another country is a big decision - we get it. We’ve compiled some useful information to help make your move to the coolest little capital as seamless as possible.

Planning your move

Wellington city

If you are planning to come to Wellington to live and work, Immigration New Zealand's NZ Ready Guide provides a useful checklist of things to do before you depart and after you arrive here.

Where to stay

We recommend researching accommodation options before you arrive in Wellington and ensure you have somewhere temporary lined up for when you first arrive. Temporary accommodation options can include hotels or motels, a rented holiday home, or holiday parks and camping grounds.


Depending on which visa you apply for, you may be able to set up a New Zealand bank account from your home country and transfer money into this account before arrival.

The process of setting up a bank account here straightforward and can usually be completed online. Note that you will not have access to your funds until you arrive in the country and officially open the account. This may require an official form of identification and a proof of address.

Drivers licence

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If you have a current drivers licence from your home country or an international driving permit, you can drive here for up to one year. After that you'll need to apply to get a New Zealand drivers licence.

We drive on the left hand side of the road and while we follow international road rules, there may be differences to what you are used to in your home country. We suggest you spend a little time learning how we drive over this side of the world before venturing out on the roads. Also, familiarize yourself with the New Zealand Road Code - this provides a handy list of the road rules. The Automobile Association of NZ (AA) also provides a comprehensive driving resource.