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.
New Zealand 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 it's just the skis and a few cartons to ship to Australia, New Zealand Movers are the solution. New Zealand 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.
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 seamless 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.
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 wants to ensure you are not importing any prohibited/restricted items and collect any 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 and tax regardless of quantity.
Australian Quarantine Service*
Australia has a very strict Quarantine service and they are known as the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service or AQIS. Every single shipment entering 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 contaminants or restricted items then the Quarantine service may order selected items to be treated by way of fumigation or steam cleaning, or if they're prohibited then confiscated/destroyed. 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 New Zealand 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 an 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 TVs, golf clubs, hanging clothes, bikes, and artwork.
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 in both New Zealand and Australia. Storage costs in Australia are comparable with what we charge here. The advantage of storing in Australia is that when you are ready to receive your goods they can be delivered quite quickly. 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.
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 touches 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 microchipped 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 veterinary 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 XE Money Transfer
If you require currency exchange, we will introduce you to XE Money Transfer, 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 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, it's 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 motorcycle 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 New Zealand 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 and GST. In addition, the on-road costs are much higher than New Zealand as registration includes compulsory third party insurance cover.
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?
Can I take alcohol to Australia?
How long will it take to ship my goods to Australia?
The following is a guide to 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.