Moving Here

Choose Southland as your new home and you will find a vibrant, family-friendly community close to nature with traditional values. Southland is a place where you are not swept along by the fast pace of city living, but where you can choose the lifestyle you have only dreamt of.

Making Southland home

When you make the move to Southland you may need information on sporting clubs, housing, employment, social networks, English language assistance, community organisations and many other services.

The following service providers may be able to help you on your arrival in Southland:

If you need any assistance with Immigration issues, please contact Immigration NZ or contact a registered Immigration Adviser. Find out more about your visa options and the Skill Shortage list


Southland offers high-quality schooling with world-class facilities.


Find out what banks are available, and how to get an IRD number.


Find out about the health services available to access in Southland.


Rent or buy? There are many housing options in Southland.


Great public transport and extensive roading network make Southland accessible all year round.

Immigration New Zealand

The New Zealand Department of Immigration handles all paperwork for immigrating to New Zealand, including work permits and student visas.

Find information about living and studying in Southland