Shipping to New Zealand from Australia

Shipping Container to New Zealand | Moving to New Zealand from Australia

Shipping 20FT 40FT Containers & Less than Container Loads (LCL/Shared Container Services) to New Zealand

Moving your goods from Australia to New Zealand is quick and easy with our comprehensive services that help New Zealanders and first time settlers relocate their belongings overseas via direct service sailing routes.

Whether you are moving your goods to any of the popular New Zealand ports: Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Napier, Tauranga, Wellington or to any inland destination for both North and South islands

we can provide all the services you need: affordable international shipping, option of professional packing, loading, insurance, Door to Port and Door to Door options for both 20ft and 40ft containers.

We also provide affordable LCL shipping services to freight your goods in a shared container (Less than a Container Load) to most main New Zealand cities with very affordable sea-freight shipping rates to:

Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Invercargill, Lyttelton, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Port Chalmers/Dunedin, Tauranga, Timaru, Wellington.

Upon arrival in any of above mentioned destinations, you can either collect your cargo from the Depot or our agent can deliver goods to your Door.

What documents do I need when moving to New Zealand?

When you are entering New Zealand you will need to present the following documents to the authorities:

  • New Zealand visitor visa (only if applicable)
  • Passenger Arrival Card
  • A valid passport for each member of your family traveling with you

(Carry personal and shipping documents with you, do not pack them into your luggage)

  • If you are arriving into New Zealand with NZ$10,000 or more (or the foreign currency equivalent) you must fill out the Border Cash Report, please read the reporting requirements here.

As a returning citizen, resident or first time settler are my goods exempt from duties/taxes?

When entering New Zealand either as a returning citizen or resident, or even if you are settling for the first time, your household goods and personal effects will be free of Customs duties and GST for a reasonable time after you arrive, provided the importer (consignee) meets the following requirements:

  • You arrive in New Zealand and on the date of your personal effects being imported, you hold documents authorising residence in New Zealand.
  • For the whole of the period of 21 months before your arrival, you have lived outside of New Zealand.
  • You have owned and used the goods before the date of your arrival in New Zealand and the goods are for your own personal use and not intended for third parties or gifts/sale.

How do I import my motor vehicle into New Zealand?

When entering New Zealand either as a returning citizen or resident, or even as a first time settler, you can import your car free of GST if you have personally owned and used the vehicle for at least 12 months before the date on which your car is surrendered for shipping.

The car Importation requirements are determined by the class of a vehicle that will be imported. The New Zealand vehicle classes are listed here.

Considering your car meets the Importation requirements, the importer of the used car from Australia must provide the Proof of Ownership, Emissions Standards, Frontal Impact Standards, Fuel Consumption and Overall Standards, for more detailed information please read here.

If you have not previously imported a vehicle into New Zealand, we recommend contacting the New Zealand Transport Agency, the list of local NZ offices is provided here The New Zealand entry certifier can provide you with the professional guidance on importing your vehicle, listed here.

Once you are satisfied that your vehicle meets the above requirements you can arrange transport with us to ship it to NZ.

Your vehicle must pass bio-security and also a customs check at the port of entry into New Zealand before it continues to your final New Zealand destination.

If your vehicle is new and you are using a statement of compliance as the evidence, you may be required to obtain a test certificate which proves it was manufactured to required standards. An entry certifier can also advise whether this needs to be done.

We recommend that you clean your vehicle of all dirt and soil, and also to steam clean your motor vehicle prior to shipping, to possibly avoid the additional bio-security fees in New Zealand. (Proof of professional steam cleaning done to your vehicle should be kept and provided to Customs upon request).

You can also find Factsheet 44 on importing a motor vehicle into New Zealand from the top right hand side of this page or from the New Zealand Transport Agency page here.

What is restricted to import into New Zealand and what must I declare?

Restrictions items that must be declared include feathers, bones, tusks, furs, skins, hunting trophies, stuffed animals and reptiles, unprocessed wool and animal hair, items made from animal skin and equipment used on animals including riding equipment.

Some items are illegal for the importation into New Zealand, examples are most foodstuffs such as fruit, sandwiches, sausages, cheese snacks and similar. High risk items include fresh fruit and veggies, egg cartons, honey products, straw, dried flowers, seeds, cane and bamboo, pine cones, potpourri and most other organic matter.

More on what to declare is provided here

What is prohibited to import into New Zealand?

Prohibited items include coral, clam, turtle and tortoise shells, products of endangered species or ivory in any form, unless you have a CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) certificate to allow you to do so.

More on prohibited imports is provided here.

How much tobacco and alcohol can I bring with me into New Zealand?

Importing alcohol and tobacco may be subject to heavy duties, please check the NZ Allowances and Duty Free Page for allowable limits and applicable duties/taxes.

What are the procedures for importing firearms into New Zealand?

If you wish to export firearms from Australia contact the Australian Government Department of Defence and complete the Restricted Goods Permit for Export (RGP) form available on the right hand side of this page.

Also, please read the detailed guidance from the New Zealand Police pages below and be sure to contact them to confirm your firearms are permitted for import.

  • Firearms approved for use in New Zealand are listed here
  • Firearms licensing guide in New Zealand is available here
  • Firearms licensing application from the NZ police is available here

You may consider contacting your local embassy in Australia to find out more information regarding tax minimization on used personal effects being imported into New Zealand.

Find your New Zealand Embassy here

Timing of your Move and Tips

Moving to New Zealand can be easy with the right planning, the right advice and the right people to move your world.

Can I use my Australian driver’s license in New Zealand?

Yes, you can, within the first 12 months from date of arrival only and you must hold a driving permit from Australia. After or during the first 12months you need to apply for a New Zealand drivers license.

To find more information regarding this please see here.

It is a great idea to bring your driver’s record and insurance record with you, it helps you get much better car insurance deals in NZ.

Call your current insurance company and ask them to provide you with your “history of claims”. For a driver’s record contact your local Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) office, you can find your local RMS motor registry

Moving Your World is an Australian based company which provides shipping services from Australia to New Zealand and the world.

We have experienced staff who can answer all your logistical and shipping associated inquiries.

We are committed to providing you comprehensive, reliable shipping services at affordable prices, obligation free consultation regarding your shipping and insurance needs.

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Preparation for shipping overseas

  • Plan what you intend to ship to New Zealand, and how much space you will need for your move

Capacities for common container sizes

Shipping Containers
LengthWidthHeightVolume
20 ft (6.1 m)8 ft (2.44 m)8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)1,360 cu ft (38.5 m3)
40 ft (12.2 m) 8 ft (2.44 m)8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)2,720 cu ft (77 m3)

If you need a larger 40 ft container we can organise a High Cube container which is 9 ft 6 inches in height.

  • Make a comprehensive packing list of your goods that you want to ship overseas from Australia. You can use our packing list templatee here.
  • Carefully plan when you want your goods to arrive in New Zealand, average shipping transit time to New Zealand is between 4 and 15 days from the vessel departure, with weekly vessel sailings
  • Make a booking with us in advance of at least 3 weeks prior to shipping, this will help reserve space on the particular container vessel that arrives into New Zealand at the most suitable time for you.
  • Avoid weekends and public holidays for any container or LCL drop-off and pick-up, this way you are not paying for unnecessary extra charges.
  • If you have decided to do the packing yourself, ensure all your goods are packed before the container arrives at your premise. If you require the container at your premise for a few days to load, we can plan with you container delivery within the free period prior to vessel departure, therefore avoiding the extra hiring charges from the carrier that is leasing the container to you. If you require us to do the packing for you, not a problem, we will arrange everything on time, every time!
  • Check that your chosen place of residence at the destination can accommodate the goods you wish to ship.
  • Contact us, we are a team of professionals who will take care of all your shipping needs.
  • Unfortunately, there is always a possibility of damage to any cargo or a mishap on the carrier vessel during transit, being adequately covered will put your shipping worries aside. We highly recommend to insure your goods for the actual replacement value of your cargo.

Shipping to New Zealand is quick and easy with Moving Your World, contact us today for a free non-obligatory and hassle free quote.