New Zealand

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👥  Population: 4.8 million

🌍  Region: Oceania

🗣  Languages: English, Maori

🚙  Drive on the: Left

💵  Currency: New Zealand Dollar, NZD, NZ$

☎️  Calling Code: +64

🟢 Internet Speed: Is generally good at 164 Mbps on average

New Zealand is a group of sparsely populated islands located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It’s a place of immense natural beauty, and has a reputation of being a fair, transparent, and prosperous society, with a high quality of life.

New Zealand is divided into North Island and South Island. The largest city, Auckland as well the nations capital, Wellington are both located on North Island.

3 random facts about New Zealand

🐑 New Zealand has no natural predators.

🙌 It is one of the least corrupt nations of the world.

👩‍ Women have had the right to vote since 1893, a world first.

Visas

Visiting

Depending on your country of origin you may stay in New Zealand visa free for up to 3 months. UK citizens can stay for up to 6 months, and Australians have the same rights as NZ residents.

If you require a visit visa, they are valid for up to 9 months. You must show proof that you’re able to support yourself financially. Additionally, everyone must apply for a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA).

Immigration New Zealand

Staying longer

If you plan on staying longer than your visit visa allows, you have a few options.

New Zealand has a points based immigration system in which there are legal pathways to permanent residency through work, investment, or business. This guide is for people already working remotely, either for an employer or themselves, so the work based permanent visas won’t be covered here.

Entrepreneurs

Global Impact Visa was specifically created to attract entrepreneurs. First you must be accepted to the Edmund Hillary Fellowship, then you apply for the visa with NZ Immigration. There is a quota of 400 visas over 4 years.

Edmund Hillary Fellowship

This visa is initially for 36 months and is a pathway to permanent residence.

Investors

You either invest NZ$3 million in New Zealand over a 4 year period, or NZ$10 million over a 3 year period, which grants you permanent residence.

Travel remotely

Money

To avoid confusion with US dollar, NZ$ will be used meaning New Zealand dollar.

There is no limit to the amount of cash you take into New Zealand but you do have to declare anything over NZ$10,000. Make sure to find out whether you need to tell your bank of your travels as many, as a security feature, will freeze your account.

You can withdraw cash at any ATM in New Zealand by using your local bank card. Bear in mind that these often have high fees and your bank may also charge you.

Consider opening an e-money/digital money account such as Wise or Revolut as you can save a considerable amount in withdrawal, conversion and transfer fees.

You can pay with your credit or debit card in most establishments. VISA or MasterCard are accepted everywhere that accepts card payments. Even though American Express and Diners Club are accepted widely, they will most likely not be accepted by small businesses such as restaurants, corner shops etc.

Another option is to open a New Zealand bank account with a bank such as ASB or BNZ. You can do this either before you travel or in a branch when you arrive.

SIM cards

There are 3 main mobile network providers:

Vodafone is recommended for most people, since they offer a good balance of coverage and data availability. You can get a SIM in official Vodafone stores around New Zealand.

As of July 2021, 10GB of data will cost you NZ$55 every 28 days.

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