When you are planning to relocate to another country, it is a good idea to get an estimate of the cost of that relocation. New Zealand is a popular relocation choice for Britons and it can be difficult to determine the cost of relocating, particularly if you are not aware of the current cost of living and other expenses associated with living in a new country. Staying up to date on the current rates will help you to better plan your move.
Whether or not you can feasibly afford to move to New Zealand may be determined by the salary that you can expect once you get there. Comparative salaries will of course vary by industry and while New Zealand is not really known for its outrageous salaries, there are many benefits offered by companies that can help to cushion the cost just a bit. Some provide non-monetary company benefits like additional holiday allotment or the use of a company car to help make lower salaries more appealing. It may be a good idea to check the salary ranges in your specific industry so that you know what to expect when you relocate.
Housing prices will also vary, depending on where in New Zealand you plan to relocate. In some areas like Auckland, you can expect to pay more than £300,000 on average for a home. Rent can be as high as £250 per week for a two or three bedroom apartment. The cost of housing is typically a bit less expensive in the South Island and the provincial areas than in the countryside around Auckland.
Petrol is a bit less expensive in New Zealand than in the UK but it does fluctuate quite a bit. On average, you can expect to pay less than £1.25 per litre to fuel your vehicle. You can typically find a good used vehicle relatively cheap in the country as well. New Zealand imports a number of vehicles from Japan and this helps to lower the costs of purchasing so if you need to purchase a car, wait until you get to New Zealand and buy one for a lot less.
Children under six years of age receive free healthcare in New Zealand. Those under the age of 18 and over the age of 65 receive subsidised healthcare. The cost of a visit to the doctor depends on the level of government funding that your chosen doctor receives. You can expect to pay somewhere between £5 and £30 for a visit. Many companies offer good healthcare packages and private insurance is an excellent way to subsidise expensive medical costs.
Other Things to Consider
Moving to New Zealand is not likely to be any more costly than relocating to any other country of the world. In fact, it can be a bit less expensive than moving to many other countries. Certain foods like fruits and vegetables vary in their prices depending on the location and the season. Movies, eating out and other costs are typically a bit less than in the UK so overall, living expenses are a bit lower. Take some time and map out a plan for your move, including all of your related costs so that you can get a good idea of what the move will cost and what you can expect to spend once you have relocated.
This article was provided by Robinsons Relocation, one of the top five UK specialists in UK, European and International moving and relocation.
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