International Movers Canada to New Zealand

You can’t get much further from Canada than New Zealand. These two countries are more than 13,000 km apart, separated by vast oceans and continents. Because of this distance, moving to New Zealand from Canada can be expensive. You can expect to pay between $11,700 – $15,800 for the shipping alone, and that is before the other taxes and fees you will need to pay. This price is for a full container, which offers 12 meters of space. A half-container offers 6 meters of space for a couple hundred less.

You will also need to pack your belongings with care. The trip from Canada to New Zealand will take from 6 to 8 weeks. Damage can occur due to rough seas or handling, so if it means enough to you to bring it the other side of the world, take the time to pack it properly.

Customs Clearance

All household goods will need to be processed through the Ministry for Primary Industries, as well as the New Zealand Customs service.

Required documents:

  • Detailed packing list
  • Passport
  • Customs & quarantine declaration forms
  • Visa
  • Prescriptions for any medications

To qualify to import your household goods tax and duty-free, you must:

  • Be in New Zealand when your goods arrive
  • Have an active visa or an Australian or New Zealand passport
  • Have lived in your country of origin for at least a year prior to your move to New Zealand
  • Have owned and used the household goods in your country of origin for at least a year.

You are strictly prohibited from discharging any of your household goods within a year of your arrival in New Zealand. That means that you can’t sell, rent, lease, loan, or other dispose of the goods without owing those taxes retroactively.


Like Australia, New Zealand has a unique and valuable ecosystem. The people of this country prize New Zealand’s natural resources and seek to protect it from unwanted pests or diseases. For this reason, all shipments into New Zealand are carefully inspected for contaminants, insects, diseases, or other pests. Most shipments will have at least a couple items that require quarantine or fumigation. One good rule of thumb is to avoid bringing items that have been in contact with bugs, soil, vegetation, or other natural materials.

Importing a Vehicle to New Zealand

To import a vehicle, it is recommended that you work with an experienced shipper, or at least, an entry certifier. Working with professionals will give you peace of mind as you make your way through this lengthy, complicated process. Even if you decide to move your vehicle independently, you should contact an entry certifier to pre-qualify your vehicle for import. You don’t want to ship your vehicle all the way to New Zealand only to have it rejected at the border when it’s too late.

To register your vehicle in New Zealand, you must prove that it meets the country’s frontal impact and exhaust emissions standards, and when necessary, to prove that electronic stability control requirements are met. Check with your entry certifier or shipper to determine what is required for your vehicle.

Three Men and a Truck

Working with an international moving company is the best way to move. From paperwork to logistics, Three Men and a Truck have the expertise to achieve a flawless move. By activating our network of international movers partners, we have the capacity to find you the best price, with the best shippers, at the best time. All you will have to worry about is getting yourself there. We can handle the rest. Contact Three Men and a Truck today for your free, no-obligation 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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