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Moving to
New Zealand
Made Easy

New Zealand is undoubtedly one of those “destination countries” – people move to it from all parts of the world. If you’d like to start a new life in this land, we can help you get there.

Where Are You Moving To?

Why New Zealand Van Lines is Your First Choice
For Moving to New Zealand

Service Guarantee

Through our FIDI-FAIM accreditation you’re move is 100% guaranteed with us.

Full Professional Packing Included

Our global partners are experts in preparing your effects for international shipment.

Competitive Pricing

Through our global network of partners we have access to the most competitive rates and your move can be paid for in New Zealand dollars.

Competitive Marine Transit Insurance

Marine transit insurance is arranged locally in New Zealand and managed in-house without the bureaucracy of offshore underwriters.

Comprehensive Door-to-Door Relocation Service

Full international relocation services by professional accredited movers.

Experts in New Zealand Customs and Quarantine (MPI) Regulations

We have been helping returning kiwis and newcomers make the move to New Zealand for over 30 years.

Regular Scheduled Sailings

We can provide a shared container service from major ports.

Offices Throughout New Zealand

With 10 branches across New Zealand we can route your shipment to the closest port anywhere in the country.

Our Shipping to New Zealand Services

We fully understand that no move is ever the same. For that matter, we offer our customers a couple of different shipping services depending on the kind and number of their possessions. NZ Van Lines ships to all the major cities and towns in New Zealand.

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Sea Freight In Sole-Use Container

When moving their possessions to New Zealand, not every customer wants to share a container with other customers. If you’re one of such clients, we have great news – you can opt for our Sea Freight in Sole-use Container tailored option.

As the name suggests, choosing this option means that we’ll provide you with either a 20-foot or 40-foot container exclusively for your belongings, along with the fixed sailing date.

This is an excellent option if you’re moving a large number of household items or would like to include your vehicle. We got you covered!

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Sea Freight In Shared Container

Those who aren’t moving a lot of their belongings to New Zealand will be pleased to know that NZ Van Lines also offer to ship in shared containers. It’s a economical and money-saving option for the clients on a budget – moving smaller consignments is always cheaper.

So, if you’re moving only some of your belongings, going for this option is undoubtedly your best decision. We will consolidate your items and make sure that you’ll be paying just for that container space which is occupied by your stuff. For example, if your belongings take only 20% of the total space, you’ll be paying only 20% of the cost.

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Air Freight

For those who are short on time, international shipping by air is always the best choice. Depending on the location from which you’re shipping the items, it typically takes one to three days.

However, an important thing to mention here is that going for this option also limits the number of belongings you can ship.

Nevertheless, air freight is an excellent option for those who don’t need to move more than the contents of a single bedroom flat. The price of air freight is higher than that of shipping by sea, but it is also much quicker.

Shipping Your Motor Vehicle to New Zealand

Are you thinking about moving your vehicle to these fair isles? In case you are, there are a couple of things you need to be aware of – it’s the only way to make an informed decision.

To be able to import a vehicle to New Zealand and drive it there, one has to go through a number of processes and fulfill some requirements. For example, your car or motor will have to be cleared with the NZ Customs, NZTA (New Zealand Transport Agency), and the Quarantine Service (biological security).

One of the first things you’ll have to do is to contact LTSA and find out if your vehicle can be imported to New Zealand at all. Depending on the customer’s circumstances, his car may have to comply with “Omission” or “Frontal Impact” standards. Once the vehicle finally arrives in New Zealand, it needs to get certified that it successfully meets all the necessary safety standards, and it needs to be registered for the use on the road. To get approved, a vehicle first has to be cleared by Biosecurity and the Customs.

All motor vehicles, caravans, trailers, and motorcycles coming into the country have to be physically inspected by the Quarantine security. In case insects, animals, plants, or soil materials are found inside your vehicle, it will have to go through a steam cleaning. To avoid these expensive charges, we strongly advise you to have your means of transportation thoroughly cleaned (both on the inside and outside) before having it shipped.

Although there is no duty levied on cars and motors imported into NZ, there’s a 15% GST tax. However, this tax can be avoided if you meet specific criteria, such as holding a New Zealand passport.

How Long Does It Take to Ship a Car?

When shipping a vehicle to or from New Zealand, clients often wonder about how long will the transportation take. Here are the approximate times for the major continents and countries:

DISTANCE TIME
USA to NZ approx. 45 days
Europe to NZ approx. 50 days
Australia to NZ approx. 10 days
NZ to USA approx. 50 days
NZ to Europe approx. 60 days
NZ to Australia approx. 30 days

Regulations for Importing Cars to NZ

On the 1st January 2012, there has been a change concerning import regulations on which types of cars can be brought into New Zealand. These depend on the country that the vehicle is coming from – here are the essential regulations for the three most common importing countries:

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Related to the emissions of the vehicle, the car needs to be at least Euro 4 compliant (or better). If you are unsure about this, make sure to check your car’s compliance plate or talk to your seller.

In case you purchase the vehicle from an Auction House or a dealer, you’ll also need to get an HPI report done. You’ll need it to prove that the car is yours and that you own no money to the dealer or auction house you bought it from. Its purpose is to protect you from purchasing stolen vehicles, or vehicles that have some money owing to them.

If you’re a resident of New Zealand or Australia and have been out of New Zealand for more than 21 months, and you owned the vehicle for more than one year in Australia, you will be able to import it under an “Immigrants Concession.” In case you’re meeting these requirements, the type of your car and its age don’t matter. However, it will still have to meet New Zealand Road Regulations in order to become registered for the use on the road.

In this case, you’ll also have the ability to apply for GST Exemption, which could save you a lot of money.

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To ship a car from Australia to New Zealand, the vehicle needs to have been manufactured in this decade – 2010 or later. However, if the owner qualifies for the above mentioned “Immigrants Concession,” he can bring in any car and also apply for the GST Exemption.

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If the vehicle you’d like to bring in to New Zealand has been manufactured before 1989, you’ll be free to have it imported. In case it was made between 1990 and 2004, you will require a “Category A Left Hand Drive Permit” and a “Special Interest Car Permit”. Luckily, these can be downloaded from NZTA’s official website.

Cars manufactured between 2005 and now only require the user to have a “Category A Left Hand Drive Permit”. Once again, those who qualify for the “Immigrants Concession” are free to bring in any car, and also to apply for the GST Exemption.

Popular Destinations in New Zealand

Situated southeast of Australia, New Zealand is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular places on the planet. With temperate climate, breathtaking scenery, and extremely safe urban life, it’s one of the world’s top destinations for immigration. Have a look at the advantages that come with moving into some of New Zealand’s largest cities:

It’s pretty safe to say that Auckland has everything – moving there might cause you to stay in it forever. Sandwiched between the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean, it’s a place that successfully combines the modern urban lifestyle with superb natural beauty. Auckland has 30,000km of coastline, fifty volcanic cones, three harbors, over fifty nearby islands, as well as the tallest free-standing structure in the entire southern hemisphere. Pretty impressive, wouldn’t you say?

However, the city isn’t just buildings and islands – it’s one the country’s most influential economic powers. Auckland is well-known for contributing nearly 34% of New Zealand’s employment and almost half of its annual GDP. In the same manner, its ports successfully handle around 30% of the country’s yearly container trade. All of these facts prove that Auckland is undoubtedly among the world’s most overachieving non-capital cities.

Auckland’s most prominent industries are its scientific and professional services – such as healthcare, telecommunication, marketing, accountancy, and real estate. The city also has a pretty solid base of universities, with the University of Auckland being the biggest and the oldest. The city also has a bustling nightlife, relatively low crime rate, plenty of transport options, as well as many significant events, such as the NZ International Comedy festival or Tamaki Herenga Waka festival.

One of the country’s fastest growing cities and the most populous one in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga is undoubtedly one of New Zealand’s top destinations. Settled by Maori more than 800 years ago, it is now the country’s fifth-largest urban region and one of New Zealand’s primary centers for international trade, horticultural science, culture, and fashion.

Tauranga’s biggest attraction is its white sand beaches. During the summer months, they are a real hive of activity and one of the best surfing destinations in New Zealand. As it is surrounded by reefs and islands, the city is also a popular spot for marine wildlife enthusiasts and scuba divers.

Economically speaking, the city is well-known for the Port of Tauranga which is the country’s largest export port and a regular stop for container ships and luxury cruise liners. Most of the countryside that surrounds the city is horticultural land, where farmers grow avocados, kiwifruit, as well as many other crops.

Chief transportation is provided by BayBus, although the city also has its own Airport which offers flights to most regional destinations. The National Jazz Festival is Tauranga’s largest annual event, taking place over Easter and attracting thousands of people from all over the country.

Situated at the southern end of New Zealand’s North Island, Wellington is the country’s capital and its second most-populated city. It is nestled between a beautiful, rugged coastline and charming green hills, in an almost perfectly circular harbor that’s lined with cafes and promenades.

An increasingly global city, it is based on a service-based economy which has a focus on finance, scientific research, technology, health, and public sector administration. Some of Wellington’s notable companies include the Todd Corporation, Cooperative Bank, Kiwibank, Z Energy, and NZ Post. The city’s digital sector is largely responsible for the country’s famous film productions, such as the Lord of the Rings.

Wellington is also home to New Zealand’s most highly-regarded university – Victoria University. It also houses some of the country’s best public and private schools, making it an ideal destination for immigrants with kids. Wellington is also very pedestrian-friendly, although it also provides plenty of options for those who don’t want to walk, such as buses and trains.

The city’s relaxed lifestyle and unique setting have played a significant role in shaping its culture. In Wellington, people like to sail, skate, cycle, and swim, with the windy waterfront being the charming backdrop to all of these activities.

Christchurch is well-known as the country’s “traditional English city,” which isn’t that strange once you consider the fact that it took its name from an Oxford University college. Seeing the punts on the Avon River and walking through its botanical gardens makes one feel like he’s in England, although there are many things that make this city unique.

For example, Christchurch is one of the country’s most “digital cities” – it’s very easy to find a tech job. The city houses New Zealand’s largest IT industry, with some of the most significant sectors being software engineering, electronics, and biotechnology. Christchurch is also home to the University of Canterbury, which was founded all the way back in 1873.

It is also worth mentioning that Christchurch is exceptionally flat, which is quite rare for New Zealand standards. It’s great for walking and biking but is also served by a number of bus, train, tram, and ferry lines.

 Christchurch also has its own airport, which is one of only two in the country that can handle Airbus A380s and Boeing 747s.

Some of its most famous annual festivals include the Nostalgia Festival, the World Buskers Festival, and the South Island Wine & Food Festival.

Moving Insurance Options

Similarly to travel insurance, choosing the right moving insurance is an essential part of moving to another country – there’s always the element of risk. We recognize the importance of this decision and offer our clients a wide range of comprehensive insurance options to provide them with peace of mind.

Transit
Insurance

Just like you have contents insurance in your own house; it makes perfect sense to properly insure your possessions when moving them to another country. We provide our clients with total peace of mind when moving to New Zealand by offering a comprehensive transit insurance cover.

We can provide you with a regular list of ordinary household items with their estimated values. You will have to consider the current value, condition, and age of your possessions. We make a special effort to make it easy for the client to understand how the transit insurance works and what he’s getting with it.

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Coverage

When moving your personal equipment and possessions to or from New Zealand, you have to ensure that they’re well-covered in case something unexpected happens. It’s highly unlikely that it will, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Our comprehensive transit insurance is there to take care of this problem – it reimburses the client for accidental damage or loss of his belongings. The coverage begins once the client’s possessions are packed and takes effect during the transit, all the way until the goods are finally delivered to your desired destination. Don’t let the element of risk surprise you!

Electrical & Mechanical Derangement Insurance

It is often the case that our clients want to transport some mechanical and electrical goods to their new home in New Zealand. This includes items such as various household appliances, electronic devices, washing machines, gadgets, etc. For such occasions, we offer comprehensive electrical & mechanical derangement insurance.

It is available in addition to our standard transit insurance and is something that covers the possible derangement of our client’s personal devices and appliances. Despite there being no evidence of it, derangement can very much occur during the transit – it’s best to have your goods insured from it

Storage
Insurance

As you can see in our “How Long Does It Take to Ship a Car?” outline, it can take quite some time to have your goods transported to New Zealand from Europe or North America. While they’re in the container for all that time you’ll want to make sure that they’re well-insured against possible damage.

Our transit policy will cover your possessions while they’re in storage for 60 (international moves) or 30 (domestic moves) days. In case the client needs further storage, he is required to request a policy extension in order to keep the policy current.

Claims
Procedure

Even though everyone hopes that it will never happen, sometimes things go wrong. The goods can get damaged during the transit, which is when the client has to make a claim with his insurer.

Fortunately for our customers, we have a well-proven and established procedure when it comes to claims handling. In case the client’s possessions sustain any damage during the transport, he can contact our office and get the claim form emailed to him. Once we receive your completed form, we start working with our insurance broker to make sure that a quick settlement is accomplished.

Packing Your Effects

You won’t have to worry about your belongings being improperly packed and unprotected from the damage that occurs during transit. Our packers are experts who use specialist packaging techniques and materials to ensure that your possessions arrive at their destination in their original state.

The successful result of every move usually depends on how professionally the goods have been packed in the first place. Our highly-trained staff of packers is very efficient when it comes to wrapping and securing the client’s belongings – the journey to their new home won’t prove to be fatal if you let us handle the task.

Benefits of Professional Packing

Letting the professional packers handle this job for you is not only quicker and more efficient, but it also saves a significant amount of time. It also reduces the risk of breakages and damage, since the professional packing involves using special equipment and techniques.

Expert Packers

When it comes to packing, NZ Van Lines employs only the most experienced and well-trained staff to handle this process. These expert packers have been trained in all the modern industry techniques and are capable of protecting your belongings in the best possible way. Our workers are masters of their craft and packing is their art.

Specialist Packaging Materials

To ensure the proper protection of our client’s possessions, we use only the best packing materials currently available. Most of the materials we use for packaging are recyclable – sustainability is one of our key considerations. We offer a wide selection of specialty cardboard cartons that provide maximum protection for your belongings.

Packing Materials & Methods

MATERIAL METHOD CONTENTS
Wooden crate Crating Antiques, Fragile items, and other high-value items
Sofa bag Bagging Armchairs and sofas
Mattress bag Bagging Bed mattresses and bases
Corrugated cardboard Shape Wrapping Glass front surfaces & highly polished furniture
Bubble wrap/Removal Blankets Shape Wrapping Household items that can't fit inside cartons
Priority carton Carton packing Toaster/kettle, remote controls, buts/bolts etc
TV carton Carton packing Flat screen TVs
92cm x 10cm x 68cm Picture carton Carton packing Mirrors & paintings
60cm x 48cm x 113cm Portarobe Carton packing Hanging clothes
96cm x 49cm x 29cm Clothes carton Carton packing Folded & lying flat clothes
44cm x 42cm x 62cm Dish-pack carton Carton packing Kitchenware & smaller appliances, china/crystal
41cm x 30cm x 44cm Book carton Carton packing Small tools, shoes, CDs, books, wines/spirits

Getting a Quote for Shipping to New Zealand

We offer our clients a simple way to get a quote for shipping to New Zealand. Whether you’re moving to or from Wellington, Auckland, Tauranga, Christchurch or other cities, we can assist you in determining how much the moving will cost you.

Our Quality Accreditations

Our company has long been recognized as one of the best businesses of this type in New Zealand. It is our goal to maintain this position by providing a consistent and reliable service to all of our clients. Here are some of our quality accreditations:
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FIDI

Based in Belgium, FIDI has been established to promote the international removal concept known as “Agent to Agent”. Our FIDI membership ensures quality service to all of our clients, no matter where they’re from.

OMNI

Based in London, OMNI was founded in 1987 and now comprises of the world’s best independent moving companies. The organization’s fundamental criteria include professionalism, financial security, work ethics, and excellence of service.

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IAMX

Based in the US, the International Association of Movers (IAM) gathers more than 1800 moving companies from all over the planet. It promotes the success of its members by offering them unparalleled networking opportunities.

NZOMA

Exclusive to FIDI members, the NZOMA is New Zealand’s national organization for overseas-moving businesses. Its primary objective is the promotion of high professional, operational, ethical, and financial standards when it comes to moving.

BAR

The cooperation with the British Association of Removers is essential for our company, as there is a notable volume of household removals between the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

What Happens To Your Consignment When It Arrives?

Before your possessions arrive at the desired destination, your removal company should provide you with the name of the ship they will arrive on, the time at which the shipment is booked in for, as well as with the name of their agent who will handle the items.

The agent’s responsibility is the arrangement of storage of your belongings inside the company’s storage facility. The items will need to be vetted by the Customs, which can only happen after the inspection process (which typically takes up to ten days).

New Zealand Customs Service

To get his possessions cleared and delivered to the desired destination in New Zealand, one has to provide a number of documents. One of these documents is the inventory that the person needs to fill in and sign in case he or she did the packing by himself or herself.

In other cases, the removal agent can handle this and present it to New Zealand’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MPI).

Some of the other necessary documents include the visa and the copy of your passport – both have to be sent to the agent of your removal company before the arrival of your belongings.

Those who’d like to import their firearms can do so, but they need a permit from the New Zealand Police Department. Pets are also allowed, but they have to get through the quarantine period first (six months before arrival).

Banned goods include:

No Explosives Sign explosives,
No Weapons Sign  weapons (pistols, knives, swords),
No Animal Trophies Sign animal trphies (as well as items like alligator skin handbags),
live animals,
canned and dried meat,
dairy products (like milk and eggs),
honey,
spices,
plants,
No Popcorn Sign popcorn,
tortoise shells and ivory,
coral and clam shells,
biological cultures,
endangered organisms,
Christmas dcorations.

NZ Quarantine (MPI) Biosecurity Requirements

New Zealand’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries plays an essential role when it comes to the country’s customs procedures. New Zealanders are proud of their records for healthy agriculture and livestock and, as a result, the officials are especially vigilant with implementing and executing quarantine regulations.

Prior to the shipment of one’s possessions, one is required to fill in the QDF (Quarantine Declaration Form) and inventory and send these documents to his removal company. After that, it is up to the MPI agents to decide if they will or won’t physically examine any of your belongings. If they decide to do so, they’ll try to detect the presence of things such as dirt, soil, and similar contaminants.

This agricultural inspection can take up to five days, or two days longer in case there’s a need for fumigation. In case you’ve bought the items up to one year before the moving, the personal and household belongings are the only items you’ll have to pay the customs duty on.

Inherited goods, on the other hand, have to be accompanied by the death certificate and the will. 100-year old (or older) antiques are not taxed but need to be accompanied by a proof of purchase.

Moving Your Money to NZ

Moving money to New Zealand is best when done through XE Money Transfer. We have a partnership with this trusted foreign exchange & global payments specialist and encourage our clients to take advantage of it – better foreign exchange rates are guaranteed.

Headquartered in Ontario, Canada, XE Money Transfer was founded in 1993 and is now one of the world’s best-known services of this kind. It’s one of the most trusted currency authorities on the planet and is used by hundreds of millions of people each year.

Gain Access To

By opting for XE Money Transfer, the client can enjoy the following benefits:

  • Straightforward and secure money transfers
  • Highly competitive exchange rates
  • Personalized currency guidance from authority dealers
  • 24/7 secure online platform
  • No transfer fees
  • Customer funds held in a segregated customer trust account

How It Works

1. Sign Up

Setting up an online XE account is free, quick, and easy.

2. Quote

Input the amount, currency, and destination of the money you’d like to transfer.

3. Send

Send the transaction and XE will do the rest.

4. Track

Track the progress of your transaction through email and SMS notifications.

Why Use XE

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24/7 Access

Perform money transfers and easily manage your online account 24/7 from all of your devices.

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Secure Transfers

XE Money Transfer uses enterprise-grade security to ensure the safety of transferred money.

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Transaction Tracking
The user can keep up to date with his transactions online, but also through SMS and email notifications.
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Great Exchange Rates
Besides offering excellent exchange rates, XE asks for no additional fees.
Regulated

The service is regulated in all countries that it operates in: FMA in New Zealand, ASIC in Australia, FCA in the UK, and FinCen in the USA.

Yes, you can. However, it is important to note that you’ll have to check with NZTA first. Not all vehicles can be imported – some require special permits and some need to meet special requirements, such as the type and the age of the vehicle.
The possessions that you want to import must have been owned and used overseas prior to import. Goods sent as a gift, on the other hand, can be admitted free of duty if their value is not higher than NZ$110.
It is possible to import alcohol to New Zealand. The person who wants to do so need to declare what he’s importing. Any alcoholic beverages need to be accompanied by a completed Alcohol Inventory and are subjects to duty and GST (Goods and Services Tax).
Yes, you can – we provide secure storage warehouses. These are particularly helpful to those who need to take some time to find a new home in New Zealand. Our warehouses have a 24/7 security monitoring and cater to both short-term and long-term storage requirements.
You can, but we strongly advise you to let us handle this. When it comes to packing the belongings of our clients, we employ the best techniques and use only the best materials available. Our packing team is highly-trained in this and can handle the job for you.
Importing goods free of duty and tax is possible, but the person importing them has to meet specific requirements. He or she needs to have owned and used these goods, possess a New Zealand or Australian passport, and to have lived outside of NZ for more than 21 months.
Yes, in some situations we are capable of delivering the sole-use container directly to the customer’s desired destination in New Zealand, provided that the Quarantine service has approved it. We cannot, however, deliver to New Zealand’s rural areas.
Due to New Zealand’s stern Quarantine service, there’s quite a high possibility for this to happen. This comes with expensive charges, so we advise you to try to avoid this by thoroughly cleaning your vehicle’s interior and exterior.