Shipping from the UK to New Zealand
Moving to New Zealand? John Mason’s international removals service includes full export packing, loading, shipping, customs clearance, delivery and unpacking. We can also arrange storage in New Zealand and pet relocation.
We move thousands of families to New Zealand every year but each move is treated on an individual basis by our highly experienced International Move Managers.
Living in New Zealand has many Perks. The environment is highly value which means it’s easier to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. The country also has its benefits for children with so many recreational activities and a world-class education system that is largely free.
Shipping a Car to New Zealand
An international move to New Zealand will often include the shipping of a car too. Please not that household effects are not permitted to be shipped in your car as these items cannot be cleared under the Motor Vehicle Clearance. You may also be required to attend an interview with New Zealand Customs if importing under concession rules. Find out more about shipping a car to New Zealand.
Moving a Pet to New Zealand
While most pets are allowed into New Zealand (following guidelines) including cats, dogs and chinchillas from the UK, birds, ferrets, mice and rats, reptiles and snakes are not allowed to be imported into the country.
Generally, all we need is between one and six weeks’ notice (depending upon the nature and destination of your move) and we’ll arrange everything needed for your pet′s travel plan. Our pet relocation team are all animal lovers, and treat customers’ pets as if they are their own. Read more about moving a pet to a different county.
Shipping to New Zealand – Transit Times
Exclusive Use Container / Full Container Load (FCL)
If you are shipping your furniture and household effects in a sole use container, the container will arrive at your residence in the UK and then be go straight to the port to be loaded onto a vessel. The sailing time from the UK to New Zealand is approximately 7-8 weeks. Please allow 2 weeks at destination for customs clearance and delivery. The overall transit time is therefore approximately between 8 – 10 weeks door to door.
Shared Container Service
A shared container or groupage service is a good option if you are shipping small volumes or if you are looking for a more economical way to ship your household items. The approximate transit time for a shared container service to New Zealand is approximately between 10 and 14 weeks depending on the destination in New Zealand.
Moving to New Zealand – Arranging a Quote
If you would like a free quotation for your international removal to New Zealand, please contact us to arrange a pre-move survey which will take place in your home. During the survey, the International Consultant will walk through your home with you on a room by room basis in order to create an inventory of items shipping to New Zealand. The International Consultant will also discuss moving dates, transit times, customs regulations for New Zealand and other relevant information with you.
If you are in the early stages of planning your move to New Zealand and would like a guideline price for your move, you can get an instant quote using our shipping calculator. The tool will provide you with an approximate cost and volume for your international move.
Moving to New Zealand – Additional Destination Services
As part of your move to New Zealand, range of additional services are available:
- Home cleaning services
- Home and school search
- Handyman service
Storage in New Zealand
If you are initially moving into a rental home and require a storage service for some or all of your household effects, we will be able to provide storage services in New Zealand for you at competitive rates.
All of our partners are approved by H.M Customs and MPI (Ministry for Primary Industries). Their premises are fully secured and monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week including the use of CCTV, assuring you peace of mind whilst your possessions are in our care.
Custom Regulations in New Zealand
There a number of custom regulations in New Zealand to consider including:
- Firearms need a special permit from the New Zealand Police Department and must be stored last in your shipment so that Customs Office can gain easy access
- Household effects can be imported into New Zealand duty and GST free (i.e. concessionary entry) when Shipping to New Zealand provided the guideline criteria is met
- Alcohol is permitted to be imported duty free as long as the criteria is met
- If you hold a visitor permit (a work visa permit for less than one year), you will not be able to receive duty free entry and therefore GST will be payable on the shipment.
Find out more about custom regulations in New Zealand and details about the criteria.
What Can’t I take to New Zealand?
The prevention of harmful pests and diseases is taken very seriously in New Zealand. Goods that possess any form of risk are prohibited and will be disposed. This includes:
- Any food – regardless of whether it is cooked, uncooked, fresh, preserved, packaged or dried.
- Plants or plant products
- Other biosecurity risk items – this included animal medicines, biological cultures and soil or water
- Animals or animal products – including meat, fish, honey and dairy products,
- Items that have been used for outdoor or farming activities
Finding a Place to Stay in New Zealand
When you first move to New Zealand, you’ll need somewhere to live unless you’re staying with family or going to an accommodation organised by an employer. There are many places to stay temporarily including:
- Renting an apartment or house
Buying a House in New Zealand
Buying a home in New Zealand can really have you feeling settled down in your new life but before you start house hunting, it’s important that you research the following:
- Different ways of buying a house – including auction, tender or at an advertised price
- Research the estate agency you’re working with – make sure they are registered and keep an eye out for reviews to see complaints in the last few years
Getting a visa for New Zealand
There are a number of different visas you are eligible to apply for in New Zealand, all of which have their own criterial and application process.
- Resident visa – Resident visas generally allow you to live and work in New Zealand indefinitely and access most publicly funded services.
- Residence from Work visa – Alternatively, you can apply for a Residence from Work visa and wait 24 month, then you may be eligible to apply for a Resident Visa.
- Temporary Visa – Temporary visas allow you to live and work in New Zealand for a set period of time. Working temporarily can be used as a step towards gaining residence and settling here permanently.
Find out more about getting a visa for New Zealand.
Finding a Job in New Zealand
It’s much easier to obtain a visa for New Zealand if you secure a job. Employment opportunities have steadily grown in the country which means having the right skills and qualifications can easily land you your dream job.
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