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    Hi everyone,
    we're getting closer to moving, so I just want to sort out a couple of things, all help appreciated!

    1) When we first arrive in NZ, where can we stay (e.g. hotel, rent camper, etc) - and which are the cheapest/best options? I guess I'm wondering if there are people set up who do this thing regularly and would rent us rooms for a few days whilst we get on our feet?

    2) Can we rent a house in NZ from the UK before we leave, ready to move into on arrival day?

    3) As we will not have credit history in NZ, will it be hard to rent? Are there companies that will accept a few months rent in advance and let us in?

    Thanks for your help!

    Andrew and Claire

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewandclaire View Post

    1) When we first arrive in NZ, where can we stay (e.g. hotel, rent camper, etc) - and which are the cheapest/best options? I guess I'm wondering if there are people set up who do this thing regularly and would rent us rooms for a few days whilst we get on our feet?
    Would you want to be touring around or just stay in one place? And, if you aren't touring, which area do want to settle in? You can stay where you like but it would probably be cheaper to hire a car and visit some of the camp sites to see if they have any cabins or caravans to rent. Hiring a camper van can be a bit pricey and clumsy to get about in if you're in the city. Have a look on here under Campsites and also Travel and Transportation (Accommodation) for some ideas.

    2) Can we rent a house in NZ from the UK before we leave, ready to move into on arrival day?
    You can do. There a quite a few property agents with homes to rent BUT taking one on without seeing it first could be a big mistake. It can happen that places aren't quite what they seem to be on the Internet as many people have found. If you haven't got someone in NZ who could scout a place out for you first, I'd be very cautious.

    3) As we will not have credit history in NZ, will it be hard to rent? Are there companies that will accept a few months rent in advance and let us in?
    Most people going to NZ won't have a credit history but still manage to rent so it's not a problem, especially if you're paying in advance. Just take care on the length of the tenancy agreement you're taking on. Some of these contracts can be difficult to get out of if you find you're not happy where you are.
    If you can let us know which part of NZ you're heading for, perhaps someone can help re the accommodation.
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    We booked a holiday home before we arrived - a bot more pricey than a rental house but we did have all the luxury of furniture, linen & pots & pans. This gave us a few weeks to find our bearings and did not commit us to any long term rental. Look on here New Zealand Holiday Homes, NZ Holiday Home Accommodation Rentals, NZ Baches, book, bach
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    excellent, thanks. Will look at links now

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    Hi Andrew and Claire

    When we arrived in New Zealand we stayed in holiday parks in the Chalets - about $40 a night and they were just fine - a cheap and convenient way of getting a feel for the place.

    We werent able to rent a house before we got here so once we decided on a place to stay we made friends with the local real estate guy who found us an amazing house to rent at knock down prices. It wasnt even a rental on his books but one he had been trying to sell for a couple of years and he put us in touch with the owner. We found that its who you know not what you know and once they realised we werent time wasters but wanted to settle into the community things were much much easier. Also about 99% of houses, jobs, just about everything isnt advertised, its all done by word of mouth so often just taking a chance is a good thing.

    Kiwis are unbelievably friendly and trustworthy people and once they realise you want to be a part of the community you will find all sorts of opportunities come your way. However different to your own experiences, embrace them!!


    We also found out that the local dairy and real estate agents are the best people to get friendly with - they know everything and everyone!!

    The credit history thing was no problem. Once people decide you are trustworthy they will bend over backwards. We got our place without a bond, agents fees or money in advance. All done on trust and totally amazing. Im sure its different in the cities but we are in a fabulous small town and once your in your in!

    Whereabouts are you lookg to settle?

    Sue

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    Hi here is some info on the rental process
    Rents can be casual or fix term( minimum term)

    On casual you must give three weeks notice to leave
    they must give you 3 months notice if they want you out
    or 6 weeks if a family member wants the house or they sell it.

    On fixed term if you do not renew it reverts to casual system.

    If they or you want out before the end of the term either party would have to pay up.
    Unless you can come up with a deal like you found someone to take it over and they approved

    On money side of things they can only charge you 4 weeks in advance
    normally 2 or 3 weeks goes to a government agency and it held in trust make sure that you get a copy of the bond form to prove they gave it to them

    you get that money back when you leave and there is no problems
    the rest is rent in advance

    if you use an agent they probably will be charged one week rent in advance as a finders fee

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