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Moving to Auckland from the UK

A Moving Guide for the City of Sails

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As the largest city in New Zealand, Auckland is one of the most desirable places to live along with beautiful of the harbour and also the area with most prospects for work. Before you board a flight, there are a few things that you’ll first need to do to move to City of Sails. Fortunately, we here at Sirelo have put together a great guide with moving costs, an amazing checklist, and even free removal quotes to help you with your move to Auckland from the UK. So, read on!

How Much Does It Cost to Move to Auckland?

It should come as no surprise that a move to the antipodes will come at a high price. At over 11,000 miles, it’s no small distance to travers. To give you an idea of the cost of removals to Auckland, an average 3-bed house can range between £6,900 – £9,400.

Before that number sends you swooning, just know that these prices are estimates. There are multiple factors that will affect your international removal costs, so it might be a smart idea to become familiar with these factors.

However, for a more robust look at the costs of moving from London to Auckland, we estimated some prices based on household size, as it is a big factor in the cost of moving to Auckland. If you happen to be curious about the volume of your move, you can use our removal volume calculator to work it out in a jiffy!

Household sizeCost
1-bed flat£2,900 – £4,000
2-bed house£3,900 – £5,300
3-bed house£6,900 – £9,400
4-bed house£7,400 – £10,000
5-bed house£10,600 – £14,200

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Checklist for Moving to Auckland

There’s nothing more comforting than having a checklist for moving to Auckland with advice on some of the things that you’ll need to do. Fortunately, we’re here to provide that with our moving abroad checklist. Of course, that’s a general checklist, so we’ve written some Auckland specific points below, you can thank us later. 😉

✔️ Visa

One of the first things you’ll need to organise is a visa for New Zealand. The primary place to seek information and apply for a visa if from the New Zealand government. Of course, you can also visit our page for a small break down of visas in New Zealand.

✔️ Important Documents

When moving, you’ll quickly realise that there are some important documents that you’ll need during various parts of your move, and it’s best to have them prepared well in advance. Below, we listed some of the most important documents that you should keep safe and even make duplicates of, just in case:

  • Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Medical Documentation (including dental and immunizations)
  • University Degree(s) and qualification(s)
  • Police Background Check
  • Visa

✔️ Find a Removal Company

Since a move to Auckland is quite a substantial distance, be sure to consider hiring one of the top international removal companies in the UK to help you with your move.

✔️ Pack

If you intend to take any of your beloved possessions with you to Auckland, you’ll need to pack them. Naturally, you might be in need of advice for this aspect of your move. Luckily, we’ve put together an expert packing guide to help guide you through the process!

✔️ Tax

When ever leaving the UK to live abroad, you must inform HMRC or potential face being taxed twice or face allegations of tax evasion.

Furthermore, you’ll need an IRD number to ensure you are taxed correctly and not overcharged while living and working in Auckland.

✔️ Healthcare

Similar to the UK, healthcare in New Zealand is publicly funded for citizens and permanent residents. However, it’s still advised to take out private health insurance as the public system does not cover everything. Visit New Zealand’s government website for more information about whether you’ll be eligible for public healthcare.

✔️ Banking

Opening a local bank account is essential to settling in Auckland. your UK bank will be hours behind and this can exacerbate any problems you encounter. Consider opening a local bank account with some of the following banks if you are not clued up on the topic:

✔️ Importing a Car to New Zealand

The first thing you’ll be glad to hear is that New Zealand also drives on the left, the same as in the UK. So, you’ll feel right at home on the road. This makes it even easier to move to Auckland with a car where driving is an important means of transport.

Your ability to drive there won’t be the sole deciding factor as to whether or not to bring your car. You might to consider the cost of shipping a car from the UK to Auckland, New Zealand which can run between £1,100 – £1,600. You also need to ensure that your car meets the standards necessary for import.

Finally, you’ll need to consider your license which you’ll need to convert to a New Zealand license if you’re staying for more than a year.

Moving to Auckland

Working in Auckland

Those moving to Auckland will have a higher chance of finding work in New Zealand if the sector of work or job is on the New Zealand’s skills shortage list. Therefore, be sure to start job hunting online before making the move to Auckland!

Just to give you an idea of most in demand industries and sectors in Auckland to help you focus your search, or to consider training in, look below:

  • ICT
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Construction
  • Engineering

To help you in your search for the job to help get you started on your move, as moving with a job is always easier, consider using the platforms below:

Ready to Move to Auckland?

Well, we’re here at the end. We’ll be sad to see you go, but you’re well prepared for you move to Auckland, New Zealand. It’s crazy how far away that is. Rest assured it’ll be entirely worth it!

Of course, if you decide to continue reading, we’re happy to inform you that we have a lot of great articles about moving! Just click on a link below to find more articles that will help you with your move. Good luck and don’t forget to move with a smile. 😊