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To live in New Zealand permanently, you need a resident visa. There are a number of pathways to obtaining a resident visa, and these change on a regular basis. While the prerequisites for most categories become tougher, the requirements for investors are relatively easy to achieve.

Investors are welcome and permanent residency would be for the whole family including children. Once you have permanent residency you can come and stay without any restrictions whenever you want. 

This, for example, allows you to stay in your home country, and retire in New Zealand. Or you can choose to enjoy continuous summers, alternately in northern and southern hemispheres.

The choice is yours, and with permanent residency you already have nearly the same rights as a citizen, for example access to the healthcare system, free schooling and social security benefits. Also, New Zealand allows dual or multiple citizenship. You can keep your existing citizenship with another country unless that country does not permit dual citizenship.

Investment in a vineyard provides an attractive opportunity to gain residency for the whole family.



Currently (2020) there are two immigration categories for investors. The premium category favours wealthier immigrants and has no age limits, no English language requirements, and a minimal number of required days in New Zealand prior to achieving residency status. 


Find out more about NZ Investor 1 Resident Visas.


The second category requires less investment, is limited to people under 65 years of age, and also calls for English language skills, relevant management experience, and more days in New Zealand to qualify for residency.


Find out more about NZ Investor 2 Resident Visas.



Legally, anyone providing New Zealand immigration advice must be licensed by the New Zealand Immigration Advisers Authority or exempt. Exempt people include current New Zealand lawyers, Immigration New Zealand staff, Citizens Advice Bureaux staff, and community law centres.

Find out more about NZ immigration advice.

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