Moving to New Zealand from Australia

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Are you planning a move to New Zealand from Australia? For over 35 years New Zealand Van Lines have been helping individuals and families relocate across the Tasman.


Moving to New Zealand is an exciting adventure, filled with endless opportunities and natural beauty waiting to be explored. We understand the significance of emigrating to New Zealand from Australia is a life-changing decision and are committed to ensuring a seamless transition for Australians and returning Kiwis making the move across the Tasman.

NZ Van Lines is one of the world’s most trusted removal company providing international freight and furniture shipping services from all major cities and towns in Australia to everywhere in Aotearoa. From Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Cairns, Melbourne and everywhere in-between to every postcode in Aotearoa. New Zealand Van Lines has strong relationships with accredited international partners in Australia. These relationships are built on trust and a commitment to delivering excellent moving services. No matter what the size is of your move we can tailor options to meet your moving needs.

Whether you’re a Kiwi returning to Aotearoa, or a newcomer moving with your family and looking for a place to call home, NZ Van lines is your #1 moving and storage company. Start your new adventure to the land of the long white cloud today and request an obligation free moving quote for shipping your household goods to New Zealand.

Why NZ Van Lines is your Best Choice for Australia to New Zealand Shipping

Service Guarantee

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

Full Professional Packing Services

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.

Marine Transit Insurance

Our 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 35 years.

Regular Scheduled Sailings

We can provide sole use and shared shipping container services from all major ports.

Branches & Storage facilities Throughout New Zealand

With 13 branches across New Zealand we can route your shipment to the closest port anywhere in the country.


Sea Freight is the most popular and cost-effective choice for moving your furniture and personal effects across the Tasman. There are two options available, and the best option to suit your needs will be determined by the volume you are moving.

We can ship your household goods and personal effects to all major ports in New Zealand, including Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Nelson and Lyttleton.

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Sea Freight in sole-use container

Planning a BIG move? Or moving your household goods with your vehicle? Then a sole shipping container is an excellent option for you.

Choosing sea freight Australia to New Zealand means that we’ll provide you with either a 20-foot or 40-foot container exclusive for your belongings, along with a fixed sailing date. Get a Quote.

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Sea Freight In Shared Container

Only bringing some of your furniture items? Then a shared container is a great option – your belongings will be consolidated to ensure you only pay for the space your items occupy in the container. This is a very economical option for smaller consignments, part-house lots, and for people on a budget. Get a Free Quote.

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Do you need your belongings in NZ urgently? Moving your household goods via international air freight is the fastest method.

Air freight is an excellent option for people who don’t need to move more than the contents of a single bedroom. The price of air freight is higher than shipping personal effects by sea but is the quickest option. Get a Quote.

Request a Quote for Shipping to New Zealand

Looking for moving companies for your upcoming move to New Zealand? Whether you’re moving from Sydney to Auckland, Perth to Christchurch, Melbourne to Wellington, Brisbane to Tauranga, our friendly team are here to assist. Request a free, no obligation relocation quote now.

New Zealand's Top Destinations

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:
Auckland City


Tāmaki Makaurau

It’s pretty safe to say that Auckland has everything – moving there might cause you to stay in it forever.

Wellington Nightlife


Te Whanganui-a-Tara

Situated at the southern end of New Zealand’s North Island, Wellington is the country’s capital and its second most-populated city.



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.

Tauranga New Zealand



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.

The shipping time for household goods from Australia to New Zealand can vary widely depending on a number of factors including the shipping method, the shipping company, the origin and destination and any customs and quarantine requirements. Here are some guidelines:

Ocean Freight: Shipping via sea is the most common method for transporting household goods internationally. It can take from 8 to 12 weeks for a container shipment to sail from Australia to New Zealand, depending on the port of departure and arrival.

Air Freight: Shipping by air from Australia is much faster but is also more expensive. Air freight can take around one month for your goods to arrive in New Zealand.

To get an accurate estimate of the shipping time for your specific household goods submit a quote form online.

We recommend having your items packed by a professional moving company. Any household effects that have been owner-packed will require additional checks from Customs and MPI adding delays to your delivery into New Zealand.

Yes, you can bring your car to New Zealand.

Moving a car from Australia to New Zealand is a lengthy process and requires lots of documentation, therefore it is recommended you use an entry certifier. They assist in the checking, certifying, registering, and licensing of the car.

It is important your car meets the appropriate standards on arrival. Otherwise, you will not be able to take possession of your car.

NZ Van Lines understand the rules required to import your car into New Zealand. Through a network of internationally accredited partners, we can assist you in shipping your vehicle to New Zealand.

There are many requirements that need to be completed in order to bring your furry friend into New Zealand.

This includes complying with the relevant import health standard (IHS) and having the correct permits, and paperwork. Therefore, it is important to start the planning process early. It is also recommended by MPI that you use an approved pet exporter for your relocation.

Through a trusted network of international pet transport partners, New Zealand Van Lines can coordinate door-to-door pet relocations services from Australia to New Zealand.

For hassle-free pet relocation support contact New Zealand Van Lines today 0800 362 236 and for more information on moving to NZ with your pet visit:

New Zealand has an extensive list of prohibited and restricted items that cannot be brought into the country.

This includes but is not limited to; wooden items, plants and seeds, fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and all dairy products, weapons, animals (alive or dead), and certain medicines.

We recommend getting in touch with your Move Manager at New Zealand Van Lines for more information on what you can and cannot bring into New Zealand.

Most Australian citizens and permeant residents do not need to apply for a visa in advance to visit, work or relocate to New Zealand. Upon arrival in New Zealand, you simply apply for the Australian Resident Visa.

For more information on visa requirements for relocating to New Zealand visit:

Transferring your Australian dollars to NZ dollars is super simple with NZ Van Lines. They have partnered with trusted global payment and foreign exchange company XE Money Transfer. They provide competitive exchange rates for both individuals and businesses and are used by more than 300+ million people a year.

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There are over 60,000 Aussies living in New Zealand currently, if you want to join them and start your new life in New Zealand get a quote from the team at NZ Van Lines today!

Moving to NZ from Australia Checklist

Moving to a new country is an exciting adventure, but it comes with its challenges. To ensure a smooth transition it’s essential to be well-prepared. This comprehensive moving to New Zealand from Australia checklist will guide you through the essential steps and considerations when moving to Aotearoa.