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Here you’ll find top tips for working holidaymakers, our picks for this year’s best tourist destinations, business travel advice & much more



Тhings I Wish I Knew Before Visiting New Zealand

New Zealand is an incredible destination to discover. In terms of natural scenery, it is definitely one of the most beautiful countries in the world. With its English-speaking residents and laid back culture, it has long been a popular destination for travellers. In 2019, 3,8 million tourists and other travellers visited New Zealand. For such […]

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The Cost Of Living In New Zealand – Your Detailed Guide

New Zealand inspires pictures of mountains, forests and pristine lands. After all, this is the land of Middle Earth, kiwis, backpackers and delicious wine! On the other hand, it is also a place that can suck all of the money in your pocket and usually, the country turns out to be more expensive than most […]

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Visa Applicants Encouraged to Move to Regional New Zealand

New visa criteria applied from 1 November 2015 for those willing to apply for a New Zealand Permanent Skilled Visa and Essential Skills Temporary Work Visa. Changes on the New Zealand Skilled Migrant Program Points for job offer outside Auckland for Skilled Migrant Visa are increased from 10 to 30. Points for entrepreneurs under the […]

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New Zealand Immigration Rule Change

From 1 November 2015, points awarded for New Zealand Skilled visa to people with a job offer outside Auckland will be increased from 10 to 30. Under the current immigration requirements, the applicants who can get 140 points, get residency. Kiwis will still be given priorities for jobs but if there are no locals to […]

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Is it Better to Live in Australia or New Zealand?

They usually say “If you want bucks, go to Australia, if you want the quality of life, choose New Zealand”. But how true is that and why do people constantly compare Australia and New Zealand? Perhaps, there are many more things in common than there are differences between them both. Let’s start with the similarities. […]

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Moving To New Zealand? Here’s What You Should Know

When you think of New Zealand, you probably imagine pictures of snow-capped mountains, forests, unique wildlife, glaciers, and the world-famous rugby team. And with hiking, skydiving, skiing, caving, amongst many other thrilling escapades, this is the adventure capital of the world and everything here is geared towards getting you outside to do something outlandish. But […]

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eMedicals for New Zealand Onshore Immigration Visa

If you apply for the New Zealand Skilled Migrant visa, you must complete a General Medical Certificate and a Chest X-Ray as part of your visa application. As of 31 March New Zealand, similarly to Australia and Canada, will introduce medicals for all onshore visa applicants. A total of 72 medical clinics, 54 radiology clinics […]

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New Zealand Named the ‘Favourite Country’ for 2014

You probably come across different polls or surveys at this time of the year. But we want to share with you the results from two totally independent sources on New Zealand, the land of the ‘ long white cloud’ and Maori culture. The Telegraph Travel Awards 2014 named New Zealand as the “favourite country” for […]

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