Preparing for Your Arrival in NZ

Countdown to Your NZ Adventure! As you prepare to embark on your New Zealand journey, here's a handy checklist to ensure you don’t forget anything!


Important Things to Do Before You Arrive


Have you organised your accommodation? If you haven’t, be sure to take a look at our accommodation options secure your home away from home.


Offer Conditions Met?

Have you met the conditions on your offer letter? If you are not sure and want to ask one of our friendly staff then just email us and we will be happy to help:


Visa Ready?

Have you received your visa? You can apply directly through your nearest New Zealand Embassy, the New Zealand High Commission or with help from a local representative. To find out more you can have a look at the visa page: but for much more detailed and up to date information and procedures, you must always check the Immigration New Zealand website.


Airport Arrangements

Have you confirmed your airport pickup? When you arrive you can safely get a taxi or an Uber at the airport. Make sure you have your local destination address. Alternatively you can pre-arrange airport pickup with NZ Shuttle. NZ Shuttle.


Contact Details Confirmed

Have you confirmed your New Zealand contact details? When you arrive in New Zealand you will land in Christchurch; visit the airport website so you are prepared.  Be sure you know your updated NZ addresses and contact numbers.


Notify the UCIC Team

Have you contacted our team at UCIC with your flight information and visa status? It is important to make sure someone in New Zealand knows you are coming, in addition to calling your family when you land. If you are not sure, email us on


Are you Orientation Ready?

Have you visited our website to become familiar with the Orientation dates and class start times? It is essential that all new students join us at Orientation as this is when you will choose and enrol in your courses, receive important information and of course make new friends. Please visit our important dates page. Find out more about what goes on during Orientation.


Explore Your New Home

Excited about Christchurch? Get ready for an unforgettable adventure in New Zealand! Stay connected with family and friends, and embrace the upcoming chapter. Find out all about our beautiful city and country. Explore your new home.

We hope you love it as much as we do! Here are some useful links to get you started:


  1. ChristchurchNZ
  2. Christchurch Attractions and Activities
  3. UCIC Facebook Page
  4. Welcome to Christchurch
  5. Events in Christchurch
  6. UC Tiktok