Cost of Moving to New Zealand from the U.K.

How Much Does It Cost to Move From The United Kingdom to New Zealand?

Most of the time, when you are moving over 18,000 km away, you have to contend with a new language, culture, and way of life. When you move to New Zealand from the U.K., you will find many things are the same. English is the official language in New Zealand, and residents enjoy all the modern amenities that you have had in the U.K.

One of the first questions people ask when moving internationally is, how much will it cost? The cost will depend on whether you plan to ship a full container or half container. A full container can be moved to New Zealand overseas for roughly £6,900 – £9,400. This large container will give you 12 meters of cargo space, as opposed to the half container which offers, you guessed it, half as much. Whichever container you choose, it will take about 6-9 weeks for your shipment to arrive, so pack your belongings to withstand the journey.

Customs Clearance

When importing goods to New Zealand, all household goods will be cleared by the New Zealand Customs service, and the Ministry for Primary Industries. Citizens of the U.K. can visit New Zealand for up to six months without a visa but should transition to a Resident Visa if a longer stay is planned.

You will be asked to provide:

  • Comprehensive, by-box, packing list
  • Valid passport
  • Declaration forms for customs and quarantine
  • Written prescriptions for all prescription drugs

To qualify for tax and duty-free imports, you must:

  • Have already arrived in New Zealand
  • Have a Resident Visa
  • Have lived in the U.K. for a year before your move to New Zealand
  • Have owned the imported goods for at least a year

Tax-free imports have conditions. For example, you cannot dispose of any item you imported into the country for at least a year. If you do lease, sell, rent, or dispose of the item in another way within that year, you will be subject to customs duty and taxes for that item.


New Zealand, separated from the rest of the world by the vast Pacific Ocean, has a unique ecosystem with birds, insects, and other animals that aren’t found anywhere else in the world. Protecting New Zealand’s environment requires careful monitoring and strict rules for imports. All imports arriving in New Zealand are subject to rigorous inspection for insects, diseases, and other contaminants. These rules are so strict that most household import shipments will require quarantine for at least a few items.

Vehicle Imports

When importing your vehicle to New Zealand, you should work with an experienced shipping company or entry certifier. The process of importation is long and complex, and working with experienced help is the best way to ensure a smooth process.

If you choose not to work with an expert, you should at least reach out to a qualified entry certifier to have your vehicle pre-qualified. It would be a shame to transport your vehicle only to have to rejected in Customs.

Your vehicle must be compliant with New Zealand’s  frontal impact and emissions standards in order to be registered. Also, some vehicles will need additional checks for electronic stability control technologies. Consult with your overseas shipper or entry certifier to find out what your vehicle requires.

Three Men and a Truck

Moving around the world is a big step, and it helps to have professional help as you navigate such a complex relocation. Three Men and a Truck are overseas shippers with the knowledge and skills to move your household goods and vehicles without a scratch. Don’t make another move without contacting us for a free flat rate moving quote.

Moves From The UK to New Zealand: Our Top Routes

Our movers can complete relocation from various cities in the UK to various cities in New Zealand. These are some popular routes for people moving  from the UK to New Zealand.

UK to Auckland

London to Auckland
Manchester to Auckland
Birmingham to Auckland
Leeds to Auckland
Glasgow to Auckland
Southampton to Auckland
Portsmouth to Auckland
Liverpool to Auckland
Newcastle to Auckland
Sheffield to Auckland
Belfast to Auckland
Brighton to Auckland
Leicester to Auckland
Edinburgh to Auckland
Bournemouth to Auckland
Cardiff to Auckland
Coventry to Auckland
Middlesbrough to Auckland
Stoke-on-Trent to Auckland
Reading to Auckland
Sunderland to Auckland
Bradford to Auckland
Northampton to Auckland
Plymouth to Auckland
Derby to Auckland

UK to Christchurch

London to Christchurch
Manchester to Christchurch
Birmingham to Christchurch
Leeds to Christchurch
Glasgow to Christchurch
Southampton to Christchurch
Portsmouth to Christchurch
Liverpool to Christchurch
Newcastle to Christchurch
Sheffield to Christchurch
Belfast to Christchurch
Brighton to Christchurch
Leicester to Christchurch
Edinburgh to Christchurch
Bournemouth to Christchurch
Cardiff to Christchurch
Coventry to Christchurch
Middlesbrough to Christchurch
Stoke-on-Trent to Christchurch
Reading to Christchurch
Sunderland to Christchurch
Bradford to Christchurch
Northampton to Christchurch
Plymouth to Christchurch
Derby to Christchurch

UK to Wellington

London to Wellington
Manchester to Wellington
Birmingham to Wellington
Leeds to Wellington
Glasgow to Wellington
Southampton to Wellington
Portsmouth to Wellington
Liverpool to Wellington
Newcastle to Wellington
Sheffield to Wellington
Belfast to Wellington
Brighton to Wellington
Leicester to Wellington
Edinburgh to Wellington
Bournemouth to Wellington
Cardiff to Wellington
Coventry to Wellington
Middlesbrough to Wellington
Stoke-on-Trent to Wellington
Reading to Wellington
Sunderland to Wellington
Bradford to Wellington
Northampton to Wellington
Plymouth to Wellington
Derby to Wellington

UK to Hamilton

London to Hamilton
Manchester to Hamilton
Birmingham to Hamilton
Leeds to Hamilton
Glasgow to Hamilton
Southampton to Hamilton
Portsmouth to Hamilton
Liverpool to Hamilton
Newcastle to Hamilton
Sheffield to Hamilton
Belfast to Hamilton
Brighton to Hamilton
Leicester to Hamilton
Edinburgh to Hamilton
Bournemouth to Hamilton
Cardiff to Hamilton
Coventry to Hamilton
Middlesbrough to Hamilton
Stoke-on-Trent to Hamilton
Reading to Hamilton
Sunderland to Hamilton
Bradford to Hamilton
Northampton to Hamilton
Plymouth to Hamilton
Derby to Hamilton

UK to Tauranga

London to Tauranga
Manchester to Tauranga
Birmingham to Tauranga
Leeds to Tauranga
Glasgow to Tauranga
Southampton to Tauranga
Portsmouth to Tauranga
Liverpool to Tauranga
Newcastle to Tauranga
Sheffield to Tauranga
Belfast to Tauranga
Brighton to Tauranga
Leicester to Tauranga
Edinburgh to Tauranga
Bournemouth to Tauranga
Cardiff to Tauranga
Coventry to Tauranga
Middlesbrough to Tauranga
Stoke-on-Trent to Tauranga
Reading to Tauranga
Sunderland to Tauranga
Bradford to Tauranga
Northampton to Tauranga
Plymouth to Tauranga
Derby to Tauranga

UK to Lower Hutt

London to Lower Hutt
Manchester to Lower Hutt
Birmingham to Lower Hutt
Leeds to Lower Hutt
Glasgow to Lower Hutt
Southampton to Lower Hutt
Portsmouth to Lower Hutt
Liverpool to Lower Hutt
Newcastle to Lower Hutt
Sheffield to Lower Hutt
Belfast to Lower Hutt
Brighton to Lower Hutt
Leicester to Lower Hutt
Edinburgh to Lower Hutt
Bournemouth to Lower Hutt
Cardiff to Lower Hutt
Coventry to Lower Hutt
Middlesbrough to Lower Hutt
Stoke-on-Trent to Lower Hutt
Reading to Lower Hutt
Sunderland to Lower Hutt
Bradford to Lower Hutt
Northampton to Lower Hutt
Plymouth to Lower Hutt
Derby to Lower Hutt

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at

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