Why Kiwis are Choosing Melbourne as Their New Home


Following the switch in Australia’s visa rules in 2023, New Zealand citizens have the automatic right to live and work in Australia. New Zealanders have always found Australia an appealing spot to settle, with ideas about a better economy being a recent drawcard. In fact, in 2023, one-third of Kiwi workers indicated they were thinking of quitting their jobs and moving to Australia’s sunny shores.

Melbourne has always drawn some interest as a final destination for moving Kiwis. But why? What makes moving to Melbourne such an appealing option, and what do Kiwis who are planning to relocate to Melbourne need to know about the region?

Read on as the team from The Moving Company reviews some great features of this city and shares a few tips on gearing up for an international move.

What Makes Melbourne an Ideal Spot for Kiwis?

Similar Climates

Anyone who has lived in New Zealand knows we often tend to experience four seasons in one day! Well, the same can be said for Melbourne. This is a city with a variable weather pattern, which can be appealing for Kiwis seeking a similar climate.

That said, Melbourne also sits on the banks of the Yarra River and boasts slightly warmer summers than New Zealand’s north. This makes it an ideal destination for anyone who loves balmier climes.

World-Class Food, Dining, and Shopping

When it comes to entertainment, Melbourne definitely doesn’t fall short. This city competes with any great city on every level, offering contemporary cafe culture, award-winning restaurants, art galleries, and music venues. There’s never a lack of something to do, with new festivals and events happening all year long.

Public Transport

Melbourne has an incredible public transport network, offering easy access to trams, trains, buses, and cars all around the city. As Australia’s fastest-growing city, on track to become the largest in the country, the public transport system is no doubt keeping up.

Safe, Stunning Nature Access

One of the downsides of living in a city can be losing access to the beauty of nature around you, but Melbourne doesn’t have that problem. As with many Kiwi cities, it’s surrounded by beautiful views, forests, rivers, and more. This means you’re never more than a short drive away from an afternoon spent in nature – including the beach.

Booming Real Estate Market

One of the big appeals of Melbourne is the gradual building of the real estate market. While prices are booming now, they’re set to climb even higher. By investing in property sooner rather than later, many Kiwis are able to get onto the property ladder in Victoria with the promise that their property will gain value down the line.

With all these benefits and more, is it any wonder that many Kiwis are considering moving to Melbourne?

Our Tips for a Melbourne Move

International moves are a major undertaking, even if you’re just hopping across the ditch. It’s easy to feel intimidated by the amount of work in front of you, but never fear; we have some experience in this area. If you’re planning on relocating to Melbourne from New Zealand, a few things will make your trip easier.

1. Organise Your Documents

Making an international move usually requires a lot of paperwork, so make sure you’re prepared in advance to avoid any mishaps. Gather all necessary documents and make a checklist ahead of your move. Include passports, visas, residency permits, medical records, academic transcripts, and whatever is necessary for your move. Keep them safe and separate from your moving boxes to avoid losing them in transit.

2. Declutter and Downsize

Making a big international move is an excellent opportunity for you to declutter and downsize your possessions. The more you own, the more you have to move. Take some time to sell, donate, or dispose of items that are no longer serving you. The less you have, the more space (and money) you’ll be able to save. Not to mention, it’s a lot less to unpack once you reach the other side!

3. Stay Connected

No matter how smoothly things go, international moves can still be challenging. Make sure to stay in touch with any friends or family members in both places. Keep them informed of your plans, and allow them to support you throughout the moving process. Connect with friends and family in Melbourne to help you settle into your new home if you can.

4. Have Professional Movers Behind You

Finally, connect with a team like The Moving Company to handle all the nitty-gritty details of the move. We have extensive experience managing moves between New Zealand and Australia, allowing us to guide you every step of the way. Benefit from our network of regional suppliers as well as our years of experience from the moment you book a move with us.

Make moving to Melbourne a breeze with the experts from The Moving Company.

Thanks to our worldwide network of contacts and varied service options, we’re ready to get you over the Tasmam with minimal hassle. Ready to relocate to Melbourne and actually enjoy the move?

Get in touch with the team at The Moving Company to discuss your options and get moving.

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