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What You Need to Open a Bank Account in New Zealand

You have landed in New Zealand and are ready to look for a job. You still have two steps to go through before starting your (hopefully) short job hunt:

  • Opening a bank account
  • Getting your IRD number

There’s nothing easier than opening your bank account. Just call one of the local banks and ask if an appointment is required, then bring with you when you visit the bank the following documents:

  • A proof of address in New Zealand. You can use your hotel address or Airbnb address if you have just arrived, but will need to show you are based there (an invoice that includes the address should work). If you already have found your own place, ask your tenant or the person in charge of your flat for your tenant or sharing agreement if you don’t have one.
  • Your passport
  • Your Working Holiday Visa. You should have a copy printed, which was used for your flight. In case you don’t have it or you have lost it, you can still email it to your bank consultant during your visit.

Sometimes, a second form of ID (driver’s license, national identity card) is required, as well as some cash to make a first deposit into your new bank account. Be careful, a student card isn’t a valid form of ID.

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