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Arriving to New Zealand

Published on 17-May-2021

When you want to travel to New Zealand as a foreign student, you have to prepare before arriving by having a student visa, suitable flight prices, the tickets booked, and considering where you are going to stay for the first week in New Zealand.

Travel Insurance, International Driving License, packing the luggage and everything that is essential to have when arriving in the airport of New Zealand are important for a student while travelling abroad. For the first days in New Zealand, a student has to beat the jet lag - the difference in time - when it is a day time when you arrive; it is good for you to stay energetic and not to sleep so that you can overcome the jet lag.

Go outside and try to discover the various places in the city, visit sport centres to play any physical activity that you love to practice until it hits night when you are tired and it is time to sleep, to overcome the jet – lag.

After that you should move to your accommodation, or else, if there is still no accommodation, a student has to look for one soon, or you can visit any hostel to check into, and this will help students watch their expenses and estimate their budget carefully as hostels are cheap places to stay in for a while.

In New Zealand there are lots of inexpensive hostels called back packer hostels to stay in, and it is advisable to book your first week in one of these hostels to help your arrival be as easy as possible.

For the first week, cooking for your self will help you stick to your budget, rather than dining out, or you can look for hostels recipes list which can help you during your student accommodation too.

Try to get a mobile phone and internet to be in touch with your family, relatives and friends to inform them about your arriving, and that you have arrived in New Zealand. If your accommodation doesn't have Wi - Fi, then you can have a look at Wi - Fi Free centres in New Zealand where a good connection can be found.

The address is very important, and international students have to find out their addresses where they live to open a bank account; for the concerned university in New Zealand will ask you about your address before enrolling.

Your address is badly demanded by many, like your family, for instance. You can start your first address from your hostel, as these hostels are known in arrival cities, then after finishing your paper work, you can change your address later.

Phone, internet and bank account

To set your phone, a student is in need of buying a New Zealand SIM Card from any phone networks stores, or even from the hostel you live in, and for free. If your phone brought with you from your own country works, after inserting the NZ SIM card to set up the phone by following the instruction onscreen, then it is something nice; but if it doesn't work, then you must buy a new one.

An appointment with the bank must be your first phone call, the earlier you make an appointment with the bank the better it will be. No fee accounts are the best options when opening a new account; Open a bank account allowing access to your money by using free EFTPOS cards.


With respect to transportation system in New Zealand, buses are the key public transport system, and in some regions a student can find there trains, trams and ferries. It is very easy to travel or tour around in New Zealand; buses are everywhere, campervans are easy to rent, cars are easily found picking up hitchhikers. Students also can see a backpacker bus revolving around the city all day....

Protecting New Zealand's Borders

Now entry to New Zealand from all countries is completely controlled in a bid to reduce the spread of COVID - 19, so if a student is not in a Quarantine free Travel Zone, they still have to submit to isolation managed legally.

To study in New Zealand, a student has to hold or must have held a student visa that was valid in 2020, and they studied in New Zealand in 2019 or 2020 and want to continue in the following years but they cannot because of borders closures.

Also a student has to give a proof that they have an access to at least NZ 20,000 Dollars every year to cover different living expenses, and to have a proof as well for having extra money to cover for managed isolation and quarantine.

The charges are in change from time to time, and education providers may choose to aid students by covering some or all of these expenses incurred by students to help them overcome financial lack.