We're here to help you every step of the way
Establishing your finances in a new country can seem daunting, but Global International Banking Centre is ready to help you move your banking
and investments to New Zealand and make the whole process as seamless as possible. Our network of offices delivers a high-value quality
service that will help you settle in to your new life. Whether you want to arrange your banking affairs before you travel or just want to know
more about the country, we’ve got all the information and expertise you need. You’ll find some useful tips listed below.
If you are an HSBC Premier customer in another country, you will automatically qualify for HSBC Premier status in New Zealand. However, you
will need to maintain your HSBC Premier status in at least one country.
Visa and process
Check the visa requirement and process well before your departure. Note that tourist visas are exempted for certain passport holders.
Find out more information on tourist visas, non-immigrant visas, work permits and residency here link to www.immigration.govt.nz - this page will open in a new browser window.
At a glance
Explore New Zealand before you arrive here link to www.newzealand.com - this page will open in a new browser window.
New Zealand weather
New Zealand typically enjoys a temperate climate with cool, rainy winters and warm, humid summers. Regionally, there are contrasts: snow is
common in the South Island but very infrequent in the North Island. The seasons are the reverse of the northern hemisphere with summer from
December to February. For current weather conditions in New Zealand, click
here link to www.metservice.com - this page will open in a new browser window
Getting to New Zealand
There are many options available for your trip to New Zealand and for any journeys within the country. To find out which would suit you best
from the options available, please visit:
If you bring currency to the value of NZD10,000 or more, you must declare it at customs when entering the country.
It helps to register with the embassy or the representative office of your home country prior to arrival in case of emergency.
Your tax liabilities
If you plan to stay in New Zealand, you must arrange tax residency. You will need to visit the
Inland Revenue Department link to www.ird.govt.nz - this page will open in a new browser window
(IRD) as you have to get an IRD number before you can obtain work. You can also find out tax rates for investment income.
Finding a job
New Zealand offers a number of exciting employment opportunities across a wide range of industries. The online version of The New Zealand
Herald or recruitment websites like Seek, Search4Jobs and Trade Me are some good places to start your search.
Finding the right place to live
There are a range of accommodation options available from hotels to serviced apartments to rental properties and more. You can book a hotel
room for a short stay while you look for long-term options.
Find out more through our International Banking Centre.
If you are moving to New Zealand with your children, you will want to ensure the continuity and consistency of their education. In most
cities, children of expatriates can enter either local or international schools for primary, middle school and high school education.
Find out more here link to www.education.govt.nz - this page will open in a new browser window.
New Zealand offers a choice of hospitals and many new international health clinics with highly trained medical staff.
Find out more here link to www.nzs.com - this page will open in a new browser window.
Driving in New Zealand
You can drive in New Zealand on an international driving permit for up to 24 months, after which you must apply for a New Zealand licence. If
you hold a driving licence from your country of origin or an international driving permit, you can apply for a driving licence in New Zealand.
The following documents are required for local driving licence application:
- Completed driving licence application form
- Residence permit
- Your driving licence in your country of origin
- If your original licence is not in English, a translation of your original licence into English
If you do not hold a driving licence, you must take a written and practical driving test.
Find out more here link to nzta.govt.nz - this page will open in a new browser window
Mobile phones in New Zealand
Mobile/Cellular phones are available through either Telecom, Vodafone or 2 Degrees on GSM. Mobile phones are readily available in malls,
department stores and specialised mobile phone outlets. There are two options:
Solution 1: Top-up cards
Simply buy a New Zealand SIM card at most mobile phone suppliers within department stores or their own outlets and substitute it for your
regular SIM card. Both Telecom and Vodafone offer convenient prepaid mobile plans. Top-up cards are widely available from convenience stores,
grocery stores, petrol stations and anywhere with an assortment of telephone cards.
Solution 2: Registered user
You can connect to the mobile phone network as a registered user. Take out a mobile phone contract at any Vodafone or Telecom mobile.