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Moving to Australia

Moving to Australia from New Zealand has long been the single biggest destination for individuals and extended families leaving New Zealand for a new life overseas.

Whether it's the better climate, potential work opportunities, or to be closer to friends and families, Kiwis have long viewed that the grass is greener on the other side of the Tasman.

Australia

NZ Movers are the answer for your move to Australia and are ready to help with a complete door to door service for the entire house contents, or if its just the skis and a few cartons to ship to Australia NZ Movers are the solution. NZ Movers has been trusted with thousands of moves and shipments to Australia, so contact us for a competitive and quick service.

Australia Moving Services

New Zealand Movers has an enviable reputation for fast efficient and reliable shipping to Australia. With our partner offices covering each state and the large volume of shipments heading across to Australia, we are able to offer the following reliable and regular 'door to door' moving services to Australia at very competitive pricing.

Sea freight in a sole use 20' or 40' shipping container – the fast way to move all your belongings if you have a 3 bedroom house-lot or larger/household plus a car.
Sea freight in a shared container – the most economical way to ship your possessions when you are only shipping a portion of your household furniture or only cartons.
Air freight carton service – the quick way to move a few boxes or a very small amount of household goods.

Contact New Zealand Movers now and we'll demonstrate the quality and professionalism of our moving service to Australia.

Australia Moving Destinations

We have all of Australia covered, from the main cities of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Darwin and Perth where we have our own network of accredited partner offices, to everywhere in between including the kiwi favourites of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Even with the mining boom cooling, Kiwis are still moving to destinations a little more off the beaten track such as Kalgoorlie, Emerald, Mt Isa, and Karratha. We have the knowledge and experience to provide you with a seemless move to any of these Australian destinations.

Get a Quote for Moving to Australia

We don't need much to work out the cost of moving your belongings to your new home in Australia. Whatever your requirements, New Zealand Movers have a variety of quote options to suit your moving needs. To get started simply complete the Free Quote request form on this page and we'll be in direct contact with you.

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Moving Your Household Goods to Australia*

When moving to Australia there some key pieces of information you need to know. New Zealand Passport holders do not require a visa to live and work in Australia. In order to get your goods into Australia they must be cleared by both the Customs and Quarantine services. This is a benefit of a door to door move to Australia with New Zealand Movers, with our experience we will guide you through the Customs and AQIS declaration forms, called an Unaccompanied Personal Effects Statement, and we will need to obtain a copy of your passport details page.

Australian Customs Service*

The Australian Customs service want to ensure you are not importing an prohibitied/restricted items and collect and duty and tax which may be payable. To import your household goods into Australia free of duty and tax you must have owned and used them for 12 months or more. All alcoholic beverages and cigarettes are subject to duty & tax regardless of quantity.

Australian Quarantine Service*

Australia has a very strict Quarantine service and they are known as the Austalian Quarantine Inspection Service or AQIS. Every single shipment entering into Australia is subject to a physical inspection by AQIS to ensure your shipment does not contain any prohibited/restricted items or contaminated risk items. If your shipment has any contaminents or restricted items then the Quarantine service may order selected items to be treated by way of fumigation, steam cleaning or if prohibited confiscated/destruction. The charges can be very expensive, so to try and avoid them we recommend that you thoroughly clean all of your outdoor furniture, gardening tools, lawn mowers, sports equipment, bikes, camping equipment and vacuum cleaners and the like before they are packed by NZ Movers for shipping.

Approximate Transit Times to Australia

Depending on the method of shipping we can advise the following approximate door to door transit times to Australia. These times are based on average and given as a guide to assist you in your planning. The transit time for shared containers can vary and are subject to having enough shipments to fill a container. Australia is our number one destination and we have very regular shared container services to the four main ports of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

  • Brisbane/Sydney/Melbourne: Sole Use Container 4-6 weeks, Shared Container 4-8 weeks
  • Adelaide: Sole Use Container 5-7 weeks, Shared Container 5-9 weeks
  • Perth: Sole Use 6-8 weeks, Shared Container 7-11 weeks
  • Air freight: 1-2 weeks

Packing Your Belongings

It is our recommendation that we professionally pack your goods. We use the best materials available and employ the best techniques to ensure your goods arrive safely in Australia. We also have a variety of speciality cartons purpose designed for items such as flat screen TV's, golf clubs, hanging clothes, bikes, and artwork.

Packing and Moving Flatscreen TVs

We also custom build wooden crates for fragile and precious items. Every single item moving will be packaged in some form, thus if it is not packed inside a carton it will be export wrapped. Once packed all goods will be numbered with a label sticker and recorded on a removal inventory. Whilst it is our recommendation that we pack your goods it is not mandatory, you are welcome to pack some or all of your goods yourself. We can assist you in this process by providing you with our packing materials and a handy packing guide.

Storing Your Belongings

We have storage services available both in New Zealand and Australia. Storage costs in Australia are comparable with what we charge here. The advantages or storing in Australia are that when you are ready to receive yours goods they can be delivered quite quicky. Whereas if you store them in New Zealand you will have to plan around shipping transit and wait for their arrival. On the other hand if you are not sure whether your stay in Australia is going to be a permanent one we are able to store your goods here in New Zealand until you are ready to make your decision. This can reduce unnecessary shipping costs if your change your mind.

New Zealand Movers Storage Warehouse

Insuring Your Belongings

It is very important to consider the protection of your goods during relocation to Australia as there is always an element of risk. We are able to offer a range of insurance options to ensure your personal possessions are well covered should the unlikely happen. You are in good hands with our policies being underwritten by Vero Marine, one of the world's largest and most reputable insurance providers.

Special Moving Services

And to top it off and make your move complete we can provide house cleaning services after emptying your home, arrange the transferring of your funds to Australia with foreign exchange services and perhaps even valet unpacking at your destination to really put the finishing touch in place.

Transporting Yours Pets to Australia

Moving pets such as cats and dogs from New Zealand to Australia is quite a simple process. You may even be able to book your pet to fly on the same plane as you. All cats and dogs are required to be micro shipped prior to sending to Australia and there is no quarantine period required in Australia. You must also ensure that your cat or dog is up to date with all vaccinations and you obtain a vetinery health clearance. Here is a link to the Australian Department of Agriculture for more information on bringing cats and dogs (and other pets) to Australia.

Foreign exchange transfers with NZForex

If you require currency exchange, we will introduce you to NZforex, one of New Zealand's leading Foreign exchange companies, to arrange the transferring of your funds to Australia. With discounted fees and the best exchange rates available as a benefit to you by moving to the Australia with New Zealand Movers.

Shipping Your Motor Vehicle to Australia*

Thinking about shipping your car to Australia? There are many reasons why people consider shipping their cars to Australia – low resale in NZ, its your pride and joy and you're attached to it, or perhaps it's sort after and has a higher value in Australia – but there is much to know when shipping a car or motorcycles to Australia. The cost of shipping can range between $2500-$4000 for cars (depending on size and if running or not) so get a quote from NZ Movers for your car shipping. Australia has a very regulated motor vehicle industry. This means to import a motor vehicle you will need to obtain a permit to import and for most cars you will have to pay import duty & GST. In addition, the on-road costs are much higher than New Zealand as registration includes compulsory third party insurance cover.

Shipping Your Car

All cars are subject to a physically inspection by the Quarantine service upon arrival. If a vehicle is considered 'dirty' then it will require steam cleaning which can be very expensive. To try and avoid these expensive charges we recommend that you have your vehicle thoroughly cleaned on the interior and exterior before shipping.

* Disclaimer: All information provided is a general guide only and can change without notice. We suggest making contact with the appropriate authorities for verification.

Moving to Australia FAQ

Can I ship my car to Australia?

Yes you can, however you will need to obtain an approval to ship your car first. You will also have to pay duty/tax to import your car to Australia.

Can I take alcohol to Australia?

Yes you can, however you will need to declare what you are importing and pay import duty/tax on it.

How long will it take to ship my goods to Australia?

The following is a guide of the average door to door transit times you can expect.  Shipments can be planned to quicken or lengthen the shipping times based on your own requirements.

  • Brisbane/Sydney/Melbourne:  Sole Use Container 3 - 5 weeks, Shared Container up to 8 weeks. 
  • Adelaide: Sole Use Container 3 - 5 weeks, Shared Container up to 9 weeks.  
  • Perth: Sole Use 4 - 8 weeks, Shared Container up to 11 weeks.

Can I store my belongings in Australia?

Yes you can. New Zealand Movers have secure modern and accredited storage services available in Australia and New Zealand.

Will my belongings be fumigated when they arrive in Australia?

There is a possibility that this may happen, however it is important to know that if any of your goods require treatment such as fumigation it is usually limited to specific items as opposed to your whole shipment.

Will my car be steam cleaned when it arrives in Australia?

With Australia's strict Quarantine service there is a good possibility that this may happen, so to try and avoid this and the expensive charges we recommend that you have your vehicle thoroughly groomed on the interior and exterior before shipping. Special attention to the wheel arches, engine bay and other areas that could trap contaminants.

Will I have to pay duty on my household goods in Australia?

The good news is if you have owned and used your goods for 12 months or more then you will be allowed to import your general household goods free of duty/tax.  This excludes items such as alcoholol, cigarettes, and commercial items.

Do I have to clean my goods before shipping to Australia?

Yes, we recommend that you thoroughly clean all goods of an outdoor nature such as garden furniture, gardening tools, lawn mowers, sports equipment, bikes, camping equipment and vacuum cleaners etc before they are shipped.

Can I pack my own belongings?

Yes you can, but it is important that your follow our Packing Guide to ensure you meet the satisfaction of the Customs and Quarantine services, otherwise inspection costs and re packing in Australia will be expensive. The cost for NZ Movers to pack to Customs and Quarantine standard is very competitive, and we will complete the inventory to the standards required by Customs and AQIS.

Can I use banana boxes for packing?

No you can't, unfortunately banana boxes are of high risk and can carry contaminents and would require fumigation.

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