Hamilton has a small Nepalese community, with some families having gained permanent residence and citizenship, and there are others with student visas. Many Nepalese New Zealanders work in the dairy industry while there are others who are scholars, social workers and professors. Many Lhotshampas or Bhutanese Nepalis who were expelled from Bhutan have been resettled in Nelson after New Zealand offered to settle 600 refugees over five years starting in 2008.
In recent years since 2009, there has been a dramatic increment in Nepalese international students in New Zealand.
The annual "Nepal Festival", organized by the various Nepali Community Organizations in New Zealand, was first held in Auckland in 2009, showcasing Nepalese culture including activities representing the different ethnicities of Nepal.