Moving to New Zealand from the UK

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Are you planning a move to New Zealand from the United Kingdom?

NZ Van Lines is New Zealand’s leading moving and storage company, and one of the world’s most trusted and respected brands in worldwide moving today. Since 1986 we have been helping individuals and families relocate to New Zealand from the UK.

Whether you’re a kiwi returning to Aotearoa, or a newcomer moving with your family and looking for a place to call home, New Zealand Van lines can provide a stress-free moving experience.

NZ Van Lines has strong relationships with accredited international partners in the UK. These relationships are built on trust and a commitment to delivering excellent international removals to New Zealand.

No matter what the size is of your international move, if it be a few items or a six bedroom household we can tailor options to meet your moving needs. NZ Van Lines provide international freight and shipping services from all major cities and towns in the United Kingdom to every postcode in New Zealand.

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 from UK to New Zealand.

Why NZ Van Lines is your Best Choice for
Shipping from the United Kingdom to New Zealand

Service Guarantee

Through our FIDI-FAIM accreditation your 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.


When moving to New Zealand there are a few options available; and the best option to suit your needs will be determined by your origin and destination address, the volume you are moving and transit times. Sea freight is the most popular and cost-effective choice for shipping your household goods to New Zealand.

NZ Van Lines can assist with your international relocation and ship your 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 international move? Or moving with your vehicle? A sole shipping container to New Zealand 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 household effects? 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 people on a budget. Get a Mover 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 to New Zealand from London, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, Leicester or Edinburgh, our friendly team are here to assist. Request a free, no obligation relocation quote now.

New Zealand's Top Destinations

New Zealand is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular places on earth renowned for its stunning natural beauty. With temperate climate, breathtaking scenery, and extremely safe urban life, it’s one of the world’s top destinations for immigration. Take a look at the advantages that come with relocating from UK to New Zealand and find out more about the popular cities.

Auckland City


Tāmaki Makaurau

Auckland is unlike any other city in New Zealand. Growing in stature and size, it offers a variety of international attributes while still retaining its pure natural beauty.

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.

Moving from the UK to New Zealand involves several steps and careful planning. To ensure your relocation is as smooth as possible, you’ll want to make the right choices, starting with your moving company.  Read our comprehensive guide to moving to NZ. In this guide, we’ll provide you with invaluable tips for a successful international move to New Zealand.

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 requirements. Here are some guidelines:

Ocean Freight: Shipping via sea is the most common method for transporting household goods internationally. It can take anywhere from 8 weeks or more for a 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 1 to 2 weeks 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. 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 the United Kingdom to New Zealand.

For hassle-free pet relocation support contact New Zealand Van Lines today, email: and for more information on moving to NZ with your pet click here

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.

Transferring your UK currency 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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Moving UK to New Zealand

As one of the first countries to see the sun each day, we have a bit of extra time to give you a warm welcome. From us to you, “Kia Ora and Welcome to New Zealand!” Of course, you’re not here yet and there’s plenty to do before you start your new life. Whether you are permanently migrating, a returning kiwi or relocating to New Zealand for work, we understand what you are going through and are here to help.

Moving your home, family and pets to another country is a serious exercise, that you need to get right. This is where NZ Van Lines come in! We are equipped with the expertise, experience and resources to make your relocation experience an enjoyable and stress-free one. We will be with you every step of the way, starting with the organisation of our service partner to the packing and shipping of your personal effects, right through to your clearances and delivery in New Zealand.

When you arrive, we will be here waiting, and won’t leave until you have successfully started your new life, in Aotearoa.

To get things started and get an estimated cost of moving to New Zealand from UK request an obligation free quote today.

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