5 Things to Consider When Deciding to Move Cities in New Zealand

5 Things to Consider when Moving Cities in NZ | Grace Removals NZ Blog

Different cities around New Zealand have lots to offer and when you’re craving a change of scenery, you might be thinking about moving to another part of the country.

While any kind of move can be exciting, there are things that you want to consider when you choose your preferred location. After all, you want to ensure that your new home will provide you with a positive experience that will enrich your life.

So, let’s take a look at the 5 MOST IMPORTANT things you want to focus on.


Housing Costs and Available Rentals

Housing costs can vary from city to city around New Zealand. In general, major cities like Auckland have the highest costs in relation to buying or renting a home. Here, rents average $622 per week depending on whether you’re looking for an apartment or a house.

But, in other cities, you could expect rents of around $400 per week for a small apartment or home and up to $530 per week for a larger dwelling.

So, before choosing your final destination, do some research on the price of housing in the different cities and see what’s currently available.

Job Availability

The overall job market in New Zealand is quite diverse and you’ll find that different cities around the country will have a different scope of jobs available. Therefore, you want to do some research to see whether there are opportunities for you depending on your chosen profession.

For example, in Wellington, job opportunities revolve around technology, finance, creative industries and government or public sector jobs.

But, if you’re involved in construction, agriculture or tourism, you might want to have a look at Christchurch instead. Just do your research to see where you’re likely to find the job opportunities that suit your skills.


If you have school-age children, you want to research the schools that are available in the cities that you’re interested in moving to. There are over 2,500 schools around New Zealand including both government-funded and private institutions.

Make sure that there’s enough variety for primary, intermediate and secondary education, depending on what your needs are.


Most major cities around New Zealand will have their own hospital, so this shouldn’t be a problem. In fact, there are about 220 public and private hospitals around the country.

But, if you’re planning to move to a more regional location, you’ll want to ensure that there are adequate healthcare facilities before you make your final decision.

Recreation Facilities And Opportunities

The type of recreation facilities you enjoy will depend on your own personal preferences. But, you should do some research to ensure that the city you want to move to has ample opportunity for you to enjoy your evenings and weekends.

For example, are you a nature lover and enjoy exploring the countryside? Or, do you envision spending countless days at the beach or surfing the waves?

Maybe, a busy nightlife is more your style, and you love going to local clubs and live music venues. Or perhaps you enjoy a vibrant restaurant and coffee scene.

Do some research to see what each city offers in relation to recreation and entertainment so that you’ll know that you’re going to enjoy living there.


Grace Removals are experts in relocations to anywhere in New Zealand – whether within the islands or across the Strait, contact us to find out how we can help.


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