Information and advice you will need for moving to New Zealand
The currency in New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). The New Zealand Dollar can fluctuate against the British Pound so it is worth checking the exchange rate. New Zealand Dollar banknotes are made of polymer (plastic) and come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5.
Opening a bank account is easy in New Zealand. Most banks only require a small deposit (NZ$5-10) to open an account, but some do require more (NZ$250-500). All major banks offer online banking and electronic payment is very popular in New Zealand. EFTPOS debit and credit cards are widely used (75% of transactions). Bank opening times are 9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, and many banks are also open at the weekend.
High-speed broadband and WiFi access is widely available in New Zealand. The international dialling code for New Zealand is 00 64. To dial the UK from New Zealand, the code is 00 44.
The main islands (North and South) use New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is GMT +12 hours.
The further you travel south in New Zealand, the cooler the weather becomes. That said, the temperature in winter is still mild by UK standards, ranging between 10°C and 15°C (50-60°F).The weather is usually coldest in July. January and February are the hottest months, when temperatures average 20-30°C (70-90°F).
Vehicles are driven on the left in New Zealand. Driving is safe and straightforward. You can use a UK driving licence for one year, after which you must apply for a local licence. Speeding and drink driving are strictly policed in New Zealand. The limit for drinking and driving is stricter – it is advisable to avoid alcohol altogether if you’re driving.
The standard of healthcare is high in New Zealand. The UK and New Zealand have a reciprocal healthcare agreement but coverage is limited and expats are strongly encouraged to get private health insurance. Emergency treatment is free. If you have a work permit valid for over two years, you’ll have access to the same free and subsidized healthcare that is available to New Zealand citizens.
New Zealand has a good standard of education for all ages.
The emergency number to call in New Zealand for police, fire and ambulance services is 111.
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