Pre-arrival information and essential tasks to help you prepare for your Auckland Foundation Year.
Moving to a new country is an exciting time. We know how you feel and our friendly team are here to support you. Before you arrive, you need to complete some essential tasks, like applying for your student visa and preparing your documents.
Use our pre-arrival checklist and packing tips to help you:
If you do not want to bring an original copy of certain documents (like your birth certificate) you can bring a certified photocopy instead. This is an exact copy of your document that has been stamped and signed by your Principal, a Justice of the Peace or your agent.
You can buy anything you need in Auckland, so you do not need to pack a huge bag. On campus, most students dress casually in jeans, t-shirts and trainers. It is easier to buy larger items like bedding, towels, cooking utensils and other household items when you arrive.
Summer days in Auckland can be warm (around 25°C) – bring sandals, shorts/skirts, t-shirts and long-sleeved shirts to protect from the sun, as well as sunglasses and a sun hat. Evenings are cooler, so bring trousers, a cardigan and light jumpers.
Temperatures can drop below 10°C in winter. You will need warm clothing, including a coat, hat and scarf.
On the airplane to New Zealand, you will be given an Incoming Passenger Card by the Flight Attendants. The Passenger Card is a declaration that explains what you are bringing into New Zealand. It is important that you answer all the questions truthfully. If you do not, you may face serious penalties and your goods may be confiscated.
New Zealand Customs are very strict about food being brought into the country. On arrival, you must declare any food to Customs, or put it in the rubbish bins in the Arrival Hall.
New Zealand has a large multicultural population, including a range of Asian supermarkets. Most foodstuffs from your home country can be bought in New Zealand.
For a list of what you are not allowed to bring into New Zealand, visit the New Zealand Customs Service website.
Before you arrive in Auckland you might also like to research the campus and surrounding area. Our friendly staff will be available when you arrive at Taylors College Auckland to ensure you settle into student life easily.
It’s a good idea to keep a record of all the key information you will need on arrival.
This includes your:
We will provide a comprehensive orientation programme, to make sure you have everything you need. It's very important that you arrive at Taylors College Auckland in time for orientation, as many useful and important topics are covered, including:
We can arrange for you to be met at the airport by a driver, who will take you directly to your accommodation.
We will send you a sign and information to help you locate your driver in the airport. To use this service, you need to book in advance and tell us the details of your flight.