Moving to New Zealand from the USA

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Are you planning an international move to New Zealand from the United States of America?

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

New Zealand Van Lines has strong relationships with accredited international partners in America. These relationships are built on trust and a commitment to delivering excellent moving and storage services. No matter what the size is of your relocation, 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 USA to everywhere in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Start your new adventure to New Zealand, ‘the land of the long white cloud’ today and request an obligation free moving quote for shipping your furniture and personal effects to New Zealand.

Why NZ Van Lines is your Best Choice for International Shipping US to NZ

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 packing and wrapping your household 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 in the USA to NZ.

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.

Tauranga New Zealand

Best Places to Move to In New Zealand

Moving from america to nz

Check out our blog to learn more about the top cities and towns for Americans in this beautiful country. From Auckland’s stunning harbour to Wellington’s vibrant capital, New Zealand has something for everyone!

If you’re an American planning to move to New Zealand, you’re in for a treat! Our article on the best places to move to in New Zealand will help you narrow down your options and make an informed decision.


Sea Freight is the most popular and cost-effective choice for moving to New Zealand. 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 to New Zealand? Or relocating your household goods with your vehicle from America? 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

Just bringing some of your furniture? Then a shared container is a great option! Your personal 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 to New Zealand.

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. Get a Quote.

Request a Quote for Shipping to New Zealand

Whether you’re moving from LA to Auckland, San Francisco to Christchurch, Boston to Wellington, Chicago to Tauranga, our friendly team are here to assist. Request a free, no obligation relocation quote now.

Top Cities to Move to in New Zealand

If you are planning a relocation from the USA to New Zealand it is important to research and learn more about your destination city and the benefits that come with moving to a new location down under. Whether you are moving for work, family or a change of scenery and lifestyle, NZ Van Lines can assist with the whole moving process. Have a look at some of New Zealand’s popular destinations and find out more about the cost living, healthcare, education, what to do and much more…

Auckland City


Tāmaki Makaurau

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



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.

Nelson New Zealand



If you’re considering moving to New Zealand, Nelson might just be the perfect destination for you. This charming city on the South Island offers a relaxed lifestyle, stunning natural beauty, and a strong community spirit.

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.




If you’re considering a move to New Zealand, one of the best options available to you is the South Island, particularly the beautiful resort town of Queenstown (Tāhuna).

Wellington Nightlife


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

Shipping times from the US to New Zealand can vary depending on your origin location in the US and whether you are shipping your belongings by sea or by air freight.

If you choose to ship your personal effects by FCL (Full Container Load) an estimated transit time is from 10 weeks. For groupage containers this can take longer. 

If you send your belongings via Air Freight this can take approximately 4 weeks.

For a more accurate estimation on transit times we recommend getting in touch with the team at New Zealand Van Lines for more information.

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 requirements 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, NZ Van Lines can coordinate door-to-door pet relocations services from the USA to New Zealand.

For hassle-free pet relocation support contact New Zealand Van Lines today.

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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 US dollars to NZ dollars is easy 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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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 moving to this island nation, you’ll want to know the cost of living, pros, and cons of this beautiful yet remote place. Find out everything you need to know about moving to New Zealand: the cost, pros & cons, and more.