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Relocating to New Zealand

Introduction

If you’re looking to move to Dunedin to join the adventure on the Otago MBA keep reading; the following information is intended to assist you with the move.

Whether you're moving on your own or bringing your family with you, information provided here and on the Dunedin City Council’s website will help you get oriented towards the city before you even arrive. And once you're here – we will continue to provide assistance as you get to know Dunedin as your home!

Dunedin City Council

Visa application

For international students who intend to stay in New Zealand to work after graduation, you may be eligible for a work visa under Immigration New Zealand Study to Work category.

Immigration New Zealand Study to Work category
Apply for a visa

Airport

Dunedin Airport is located approximately 30 minutes drive from the city centre. You can take the airport shuttle to the accommodation you have booked. If you need further assistance, you may make arrangements for someone from the programme to meet you at the airport.

Banks

The major banks available in Dunedin are ASB, ANZ, BNZ, KiwiBank and Westpac; many of which are located very close to the campus.

ANZ
ASB
BNZ
KiwiBank
Westpac

Employment search

This section is provided to assist any partners or family members who may be moving to Dunedin with you if they will be looking for work. The Otago Daily times is Dunedin’s local newspaper, their Wednesday and Saturday editions have job listings, as does the Otago Daily Times (ODT) online edition. Another recommendation when searching for Employment in Dunedin is Seek.

Seek

Health practitioner

Student Health Services is a team of health professionals committed to your overall well-being during your life as a student; for more information visit their website.

Schools

New Zealand's education system is generally broken into three main categories:

  • Young Child (0–5 years)
  • Child (5–13 years)
  • Teens (13–19 years)

To look for a school for your children, we recommend you visit the Ministry of Education's 'Team-Up' website, then talk to us for assistance.

Team-Up

Facilities

There are many great facilities and things to do in Dunedin. You may wish to check out these websites for more information:

DunedinNZ.com
Dunedin City Council

Transport

Driving

Remember to keep left! If you are used to driving on the right hand side of the road, you will need to concentrate when you are driving in New Zealand. You can use your international drivers licence for one year, but when the year has ended you must obtain a New Zealand Driver’s License. You will have to pass a theory test and depending on the country you have come from, a practical driving test as well. If you choose to drive in New Zealand it is your responsibility to make yourself familiar with New Zealand road rules. If you would like information on Driving in New Zealand please check out the Land Transport website.

Buses

Dunedin has a good bus service and many of the buses around Dunedin drive near or through our campus. You can view the bus timetables on their website.

Taxis

Dunedin has many taxi companies, so there should always be taxis available for you when required. We don’t usually 'wave down' taxis as you do in other countries, but some may stop if they are empty. Look in the Yellow Pages in the phone book under 'T' to call one up. There are also stations around town where taxis wait.

Cycling

If you wish to cycle around Dunedin, please remember that everyone must wear a helmet (it is law in New Zealand). Front and back lights are required if cycling after dark. It's also a good idea to wear reflective clothing.