As our moving date for emigrating to New Zealand came closer I realised we needed a moving to New Zealand checklist to keep us organised! Six months before our departure our sleepless nights became more frequent and all we could think about is what needs to be done and when. Whilst I am good at prioritising, I do tend to be quite forgetful and even the most practical of things can be overlooked – hence the need for the moving to New Zealand checklist!
By using a checklist you will instantly feel a greater sense of organisation and direction. You can plan your time effectively, and get a better night’s sleep because of it! The checklist we’ve created was perfect for us and will provide useful when planning your migration to New Zealand.
At the beginning of our journey, our checklist was all about the big things, such as getting the visa granted and collecting the correct documentation, but we were also constantly being reminded of all the little things that must also be done before we jumped on the plane and flew to New Zealand. It’s important to take the time to consider everything, right down to selling a car or canceling a gym membership and subsequently structure your remaining time to be as productive as possible and to ensure stress levels are kept to a minimum.
Here is your moving to New Zealand Checklist:
3- 6 Months – Commit!
The Biggest Commitment:
- Put your house on the market! This may have to be done sooner than the 6-month mark.
- Start your visa application process – completing any medicals and applying for any police checks can take 1-2 months alone.
- Ensure your passports and driver’s licenses are valid.
- Make a folder of all your important documents, make copies and keep them safe.
The fun part:
- Book your flights to New Zealand!
Research, Research, Research!
- Read up on job hunting, schools in New Zealand, cost of living, taxes, healthcare, travel and pet relocation.
- Spend this period getting quotes from freight companies, migration insurance, health insurance, pet relocation companies. Decide on which companies to go with and get them booked in!
2 Months to go – Things are getting real!
- Inform the schools that your children attend that you will be moving.
- Cancel accounts for TV, internet, phone and insurance etc.
- Give notice to your landlord if required.
- Give formal notice to your current employer (It is not as scary as it seems!)
- Open a New Zealand bank account.
- Request credit references from your bank.
Sell, Sell, Sell:
- Sell any unwanted furniture or belongings – this is a good opportunity to have a serious declutter!
- Sell your car – alternatively, your mover could either store or ship this for you.
- Think about electrical appliances – will you be able to use these? If not just don’t take them and sell them. Whiteware is expensive in NZ though.
4 Weeks to go – The countdown begins!
- Book temporary accommodation in New Zealand if required.
- Book your pet’s kennel accommodation in New Zealand.
- Book a hire a car for your first weeks in New Zealand.
- Register your children at their new schools in New Zealand.
- Start packing any non-essential items – collect boxes!
- Give a forwarding address to all your contacts, including your bank, passport office, DVLA and accountants.
- Pay off any outstanding debts.
2- 3 Weeks left – Time to start the serious packing!
- Transfer your funds with a foreign exchange specialist. It will be cheaper than using the bank.
- Confirm bookings with international removals or freight companies.
- Ask for a copy of your no claims bonus form from your insurance company.
- Have you got Travel, Medical & Transit Insurance? – Ensure you are fully covered prior to departure.
1 Week remaining – Keep Calm and Carry on!
- Disinfect and wash all outdoor items thoroughly e.g. lawn mowers, garden tools, kids bikes, tents, wellies etc. Virkon S can be purchased from Amazon quite cheaply.
- Arrange for your post to be redirected via the post office.
- Cancel direct debits coming from your account.
- Organise transport to the airport.
- Cancel your car insurance and newspaper delivery.
- Change your cash into New Zealand Dollars.
- Double check your hand luggage has everything you need, including your travel documents.
This moving to New Zealand checklist was created in 2015 when we moved from the UK to NZ. You may find that you have extra items in your todo list or not everything is relevant. Please let us know if you think there is anything we can add to our list!