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.

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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