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    Hi,

    I'm planning to go to Christchurch on visitor visa and trying to find a job offer there. During my stay, I will need a place to stay which is not too expensive. Do I need to open a bank account in order to rent a flat / apartement? or can I just pay in advance? Staying at hotel wont need any of problems except it will cost alot and my stay might take up to couple of months. Any experience, guys? Thanks.

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    Do you have an idea of your length of stay?

    It is possible to set up a current bank account from abroad, and transfer funds into it ....

    Or if your stay is only a few weeks, you could probably get away with cash/travellers cheques?

    ps. although we emigrated, our first few weeks of accomodation I pre-arranged and pre-paid from the UK if that's of any use to you?

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    Hi Lucy, thanks for the reply. My stay depends on the validity of my visitor visa. I would say hopefully the Immigration can give me for about 6-9 months. Basically it all depends of how long until I can get a job offer so I can apply for a work permit. Speaking of set up bank account from abroad, I think I can manage an ANZ or Commonwealth (if NZ had one) bank account from here. Maybe I have to do the withdrawal all in once if possible regarding to the withdrawal cost is very expensive per transaction. So I guess I will have the bank account and rental pre-arranged from here, that shouldn’t be any problem.
    May I ask on where part of Christchurch are you living? And where were you staying on your first time there? I think I’m doing my pre-survey here.

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    No worries ... we are staying at Woodend which is about 20mins north of ChCh city centre.

    I used Baches, Holiday Homes, Accommodation To Rent: NZ|Australia|Sth Pacific to find our accomodation ....
    EOI Submitted 8th July 2007, 140 points no job offer.
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    Immigration interview 7th May 2008
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    Arrived in NZ, August 13th

    Check out our website -> http://the-clarks.freehostia.com/

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    The site is very useful. Thanks alot Lucy.

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