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.

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 can provide a stress-free moving experience.

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. We provide international freight and shipping services from all major cities and towns in Australia to everywhere in Aotearoa.

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
Shipping from Australia to New Zealand

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 15 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 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 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 this option 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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Air Transport

In a hurry? Moving your household goods via international air freight is the quickest method of international transportation.

Air freight is an excellent option for those who don’t need to move more than the contents of a single bedroom. The price of air freight is higher than that of shipping by sea but is the fastest option.
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Request a Quote for Shipping 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.

Depending on whether you are shipping your goods by sea and air will affect shipping times.

Due to current delays caused by COVID-19 we recommend getting in touch with the team at New Zealand Van Lines 0800 362 236 for more information on shipping times.

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. The process is lengthy 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!

All You Need to Know About Moving to NZ

New Zealand – a land of stunning natural beauty, friendly people, and a high quality of life. If you’re considering relocating to this island nation, you’ll want to know the cost of living, pros, and cons of this beautiful yet remote place. Read our latest article to find out all you need to know about moving to NZ from Australia: the cost, pros & cons, and more.