Moving across the ditch: What awaits you in the Land of the Long White Cloud?

Have you ever considered moving to New Zealand? It's a beautiful country with so much to see and do, plus the people are fantastic, and it's only a short flight across the Tasman Sea. When you move country, there are always going to be some lifestyle changes in store, though, and the ones you make in New Zealand might be unexpected.

When you're organising your move across the ditch, don't forget to organise your insurance, storage, packing, transporting your items, cleaning and customs declarations. In fact, let the professionals take care of it all for you by talking to your Allied Pickfords Move Consultant.

We're not so different, right?

While the two countries are only 2,158 kilometres apart (from Sydney to Auckland), there are a lot of differences.

Wrong. While the two countries are only 2,158 kilometres apart (from Sydney to Auckland), there are a lot of differences. For one thing, you'll find it difficult to join an AFL club over there! It's rarely played and people don't often watch it on TV. What's more, it's significantly colder all over the country.

In the north of the North Island, for example, in the fabulous Bay of Islands, the mean annual temperature is between 14 and 16 degrees Celsius – that's one of the warmest parts of the whole country! In the South Island, however, the mean annual temperature is 8 degrees Celsius and below. That shouldn't put you off, though. If you don't love the cold weather, you can live further north, and whenever you want to go to the snow, catch a cheap flight south. Different climates are very accessible in Aotearoa (the Maori name for New Zealand).

A country full of culture

People in New Zealand are diverse. It's a multicultural nation, with many different nationalities on show just walking down the street. There are more than 196 ethnicities in New Zealand, according to the 2013 census – that's more than the number of countries in the world.

There are more than 196 ethnicities in New Zealand.

If you're looking for a change of scene, and think somewhere vibrant and inclusive is right up your alley, don't go past moving to New Zealand.

A helping hand on your way

Moving country can be a long and arduous process – if you do it by yourself. It takes a lot of time, energy and concentration, and can stress you out to the point where you might not enjoy your relocation. You're starting fresh in a new, exciting country, so you should go into it with a smile.

For a professional and friendly helping hand, get in touch with Allied Pickfords today and start organising your move across the Tasman!