Movers Australia To New Zealand

International Movers Australia To New Zealand


The island nations of New Zealand and Australia share a very close relationship. These two countries, separated by 2,000 km across the Tasman Sea, are not only geographically close, they also have very strong economic, political, and social ties.

Kiwis, as residents of New Zealand call themselves, speak the same language as their Aussie neighbors, and enjoy all the modern amenities that Australians have come to enjoy. The country offers world-class health care and beautiful natural features such as mountains and beaches.

With such close proximity, you might think that moving to New Zealand and Australia would be inexpensive. The truth is, shipping a full container to New Zealand will cost you between $7,500 – $10,200, and the trip will take between 25 – 31 days. If you don’t need the space, a half container is a few hundred less.

Importing Household Goods to New Zealand

To import your household goods free of taxes and duty, you must be able to prove that you are an Australian citizen and have lived in Australia for at least a year. You must also be physically present in New Zealand when your imports arrive.

If you brought your belongings into the country tax and duty-free, you are prohibited from selling or otherwise disposing of the items you bring for at least a year. If you do choose to sell some of these belongings, you will be expected to pay retroactive taxes on them.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries is in charge of processing these imports, working in conjunction with the New Zealand customs authorities.


Another thing that Australia and New Zealand have in common? Strict regulations governing quarantine for items entering the country. These two countries work hard to preserve their country’s unique ecosystems, which are homes to many birds, mammals, fish, and other creatures that just don’t exist anywhere else in the world.

To protect their natural resources, New Zealand customs officials very carefully check all incoming imports for signs of disease, pests, or other contaminants. They will inspect your belongings to ensure that no wood-boring insects, or other non-native pests have found their way into your luggage or furniture. You might be surprised to learn that some of your items must be quarantined for a time after your arrival. Don’t worry about it. Most household shipments will have items subject to quarantine.

Importing a Vehicle to New Zealand

Importing a vehicle requires more than just hiring a shipper to transport it. Your vehicle will be subject to rigorous inspection to ensure that it is compliant with New Zealand’s emissions standards and other technical requirements. Working with an experienced overseas moving company or an entry certifier can help you avoid making costly mistakes. The last thing you would want is to transport your car all that way to have it rejected at the border.

You will also need to pay 5% duty and a 10% GST on your vehicle, based on the assessed value of the vehicle. GST is calculated based on value and the cost of shipping, but your shipper can help you with that.

Three Men and a Truck

Many Australians have visited New Zealand many times before they move there. As a popular destination for Australians, you may feel like you know everything there is to know about New Zealand. Not so fast. International moves are complicated and there are many rules and regulations you will need to follow. Working with an overseas moving company like Three Men and a Truck will set you up for success. Reach out to us by phone or email to arrange for your free, customized, shipping 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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