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Moving house to New Zealand? Compare My Move is the place to find a reliable and experienced international removal specialist. New Zealand is a sought-after location for immigrants, with thousands of people flocking from all over the world to live in this vast and beautiful country. Relocating to such a far-off place will take careful planning and consideration but rest assured, our dedicated team is here to help.
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There are many options available when it comes to moving your belongings to New Zealand. At Compare My Move, we can help you save as much as 70% on typical international moving costs, reducing the stress and strain that comes with relocating to another country.
When you choose Compare My Move, you can rest assured that you’ll be working with a qualified and reliable company that has the expertise, experience and skill required to get your belongings over to New Zealand safely. Every partner that enters our network must show proof of Goods in Transit and Public Liability insurance to ensure you and your items are completely protected.
Using shipping containers is the most commonly chosen method for freight shipping to New Zealand. You can normally opt for 20ft or 40ft containers, or instead, save even more cash by sharing a container with others.
You may also wish to opt for air freight when planning your removal to New Zealand, though this can be incredibly costly and therefore better suited to smaller loads. When shipping a small 1-bedroom apartment, you can expect to pay in excess of around £7,500. It usually takes 8-10 days for containers to arrive at their destination via air freight.
Read our ultimate guides on Compare My Move today to find out more about shipping freight and air freight ahead of your move to New Zealand.
The costs of moving to New Zealand can be determined by a range of factors, such as the method that you are using, the size of your load and your insurance costs.
To give you an idea of what to expect, a 20ft container will normally cost somewhere in the region of £1,300-2,900, with a 40ft container resulting in a fee between £1,900-5,400 on average.
Many people choose to send their belongings via sea freight and a few select essentials by air freight. As you might expect, it is substantially more expensive to send a household to New Zealand via air freight, which is why so few people choose to do so. A typical 4-bedroom house load will cost between £10,000-15,000 to ship overseas.
Some people choose to sell some of their furniture and utility goods and replace them when they arrive to keep costs down.
It’s wise to book well in advance of your removal date to secure your slot, especially if you have decided to opt for a shared container. It will take between 31-36 days for your goods to reach you via sea but around 1-3 for them to get across through the air.
After your goods arrive in New Zealand, they will need to go through customs clearance and delivery, which can take between 5-14 days.
It’s important to be aware of what you can and can’t take into New Zealand before you start packing, as well as researching the national restrictions. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, New Zealand has been especially strict with its rules, thus highlighting the importance of researching before your international move.
Entry into New Zealand has remained strictly controlled since the spread of COVID-19. Travellers who are classed as being from “safe-zones” are now allowed into the country quarantine-free - this does not include the UK, however. British citizens travelling to New Zealand will be required to isolate themselves for 14 days.
From 1st November 2021, all non-New Zealand citizens aged over 17 will have to prove they are fully vaccinated - the list of approved vaccines does not include the usual UK vaccines. Travellers will also be required to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result.
You won’t need to pay duty on your personal effects or household goods as long as you have owned them for a minimum of 12 months.
New Zealand customs will expect you to provide an inventory as well as import documentation. At Compare My Move, our partners can help if you do need assistance with the paperwork.
You may face problems if you attempt to take in plants/plant material, inflammable goods, firearms/ammunition, alcohol, tobacco, perishable and non-perishable food.
Read up on New Zealand customs regulations if there is anything you remain unsure about.
Once you are aware of what you can and cannot take into New Zealand, the packing process can begin. You need to pack your belongings as safely and securely as you can.
One way to avoid confusion and stress is to start packing the rooms at the top of your house and work your way down. You should also start packing early as the process generally takes longer than is initially expected.
Make sure all the boxes are labelled clearly with details about their contents and which room they will be taken into once the move is complete. If any boxes contain easily-breakable or particularly valuable items, write the word ‘fragile’ on them. Remember, your belongings might be in transit for weeks.
All important documents should be filed away together, especially those related to your move. You don't want to be standing in line and realise your vital documents are hundreds of miles away on a container ship.
If you do need assistance during the packing process, we can help by directing you to highly-experienced international movers with vast expertise to draw upon. When you have this kind of support behind you, you can avoid added costs and reduce the chances of breakages.
If you're looking to send your items by air, remember that air freight will need to be packed by certified professionals.
There are many rules and regulations you need to meet when it comes to importing your car to New Zealand.
It may turn out that it’s more cost-effective to sell the car and buy a new one after your international move, so the research measures up to the costs.
If you do decide to take your car, it will need to be checked, registered, certified and licensed before you can drive it in the country.
The process of getting permission to drive your imported car on the roads of New Zealand is known as ‘entry certification’. You may wish to enlist the services of an Entry Certifier whilst you are still in the UK to find out whether your car is suitable to be imported. This can save you a great deal of time, money and hassle.
The car will definitely need to be in roadworthy condition and should be able to pass a Warrant of Fitness (WoF) test, which is similar to the MOTs we have in the UK.
If your car is over 20 years old, you may not have to prove the vehicle meets all the usual criteria if other expectations can be met.
You may be able to take your pets with you to New Zealand as long as certain criteria are met. There may be substantial paperwork to deal with and your pet may require a range of vaccinations, but there is guidance available.
The vast majority of pets will need to be at least 12 weeks of age, have a passport and be vaccinated against rabies. When moving dogs to New Zealand, you will need to ensure they receive tapeworm treatment. Parasite treatments may also be necessary, with the general preparation period for importing dogs lasting around 180 days.
Make sure your pets become used to their travel crates long before the move so they can relax during the flight.
Our international moving partners can provide you with all the advice that you need on New Zealand pet import and moving pets to New Zealand. At Compare My Move, we work with reputable international removal companies that can provide you with all the advice you need on meeting regulations and transporting your pets to New Zealand safely and securely.
Here's some guidance on what you need to know ahead of moving to New Zealand.
Once you have been working temporarily in New Zealand for a certain period of time, you will be able to apply for a Permanent Residence Visa.
Although this won’t make you a citizen of New Zealand, you will be able to enjoy various benefits also given to the country’s citizens, including health care, education and the right to vote.
You will need to meet at have been living in New Zealand on a continuous basis for two years and must have spent a minimum of 184 days in the country for each of these two years.
If this is not the case, you will need the right documentation to prove your tax residence status or will need to have invested more than 1,000,000 NZD in the country for two years.
Alternatively, you will have at least 24% in shares in a business based in New Zealand that is of benefit to the country. You may also get the visa if you own a family home in the country and have been in paid employment for a minimum of 9 months during the 24-month period.
Your chances of getting a New Zealand residence permit may be bigger than you expect.
There are many different types of New Zealand visas available in the UK, giving you the chance to live, work and study in the country. It should be noted that the UK leaving the EU has not impacted the visa arrangements for those moving to New Zealand.
UK citizens do not require visas, however, if they are planning to stay in the country for less than 6 months. For shorter stays, you will simply need New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) before visiting. If you’re looking to live or work in New Zealand for longer than 6 months, then you will need to apply for a visa.
You will need to meet requirements relating to character, health and English-speaking ability and prove that you are a skilled migrant. If you do have any questions about getting a visa in New Zealand, the country’s immigration department can assist you.
To get the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa, you will need to be aged under 56, have an excellent standard of English, have desirable qualifications and have a vast amount of work experience.You will need to pass a police check and meet the minimum 100-point requirement. The more points you can amass, the better your chances of making a successful New Zealand visa application become.
If you cannot get the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa, you may wish to apply for the Work to Residence Visa. This New Zealand visa is a particularly popular one thanks to the way it grants you permanent residence once you have been in employment for two years.
You may also gain the right to live in New Zealand if you are offered a job in an area featured on the country’s Essential Skills List. Should this be the case, you could get a visa for a maximum of 3 years.
If you remain in your job for at least a year, you can boost your points tally which could help you gain residence as a skilled migrant later. Once the 3-year period runs out, you may still be able to access future permits if you remain in employment.
Let's go through some details about opening a New Zealand bank account, organising utilities and dealing with your bills in the UK.
The documentation you need to open your account will vary depending on the bank in question, but you will normally need a passport or driving licence as well as proof of address.
Opening a bank account in New Zealand is easy if you ensure you have the correct paperwork.
You will also need your IRD number from the tax office. In New Zealand, there are many different banks enticing new customers with attractive offers and interest rates. You may well wish to research your options before you exit the UK.
Some banks will require you to start your account with a balance of around $500, though you can open some accounts with just $10.
Royal Mail will continue to offer mail forwarding to New Zealand for up to a year after you leave the UK.
You will need to inform your utility providers and HMRC that you are leaving the country and may wish to get in touch with utility providers in New Zealand prior to making the move.
Most homes will already be connected to gas, electricity and water, so the entire process should be as straightforward as it would be in the UK.