The immigration regional policies in New Zealand has special initiatives to encourage migrants to live and work outside Auckland. You still have to apply for the same visas in the same ways, but you can earn more points, increasing your chances of being successful.
This applies to two types of visa. The first is a Skilled Migrant Visa. If your job offer is outside Auckland, and the job is for a minimum of 12 months, you will get 30 points on your assessment instead of 10. The second is the Entrepreneur Work Visa. If your plan is to set up a business outside Auckland you will get 40 points instead of 20.