Moving to Australia from NZ
Relocating to Australia from Aotearoa has long been the single biggest destination for people and their 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 family, Kiwis have long viewed that the grass is greener on the other side of the Tasman.
If you are making the move to Australia, we are ready to help with a complete door-to-door moving and storage service, either for your whole household or maybe just a pair of skis and a few cartons.
Over the last 42 years New Zealand Movers have moved thousands of people to Australia, request a quote today for a fast, competitive service.
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Australia Moving Services
We have always had a reputation for fast, efficient and reliable shipping to Australia with a huge number of shipments every year.
New Zealand Movers have partners in every Australian state who are there to collect and deliver your consignment in Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Adelaide, Melbourne or wherever you plan on setting up home.
Here are some of the shipment options available:
Sea freight in a sole use 20’ or 40’ shipping container
The fast way to move all your belongings if you are shipping the contents of a three bedroom house or more, and maybe a car.
Sea freight in a shared container
This is the most economic way of shipping a few items or a part household when moving to Australia from NZ.
Air freight carton service
The quick way to move a few boxes or the things that you really need in a hurry.
Contact us now to find out more about our moving services to Australia!
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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 move you seamlessly to any of these Australian destinations. Request a quote today.
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.
The Australian Customs service wants to ensure you are not importing any prohibited or 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.
Australia has a very strict quarantine service: the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service or AQIS. Every shipment entering Australia is subject to a physical inspection by AQIS to ensure it does not contain any prohibited, restricted or contaminated risk items. If it has, AQIS may order selected items to be fumigated or steam cleaned, or if they’re prohibited, then confiscated or destroyed. The charges can be very expensive, so to try and avoid them we recommend that you thoroughly clean all your items such as outdoor furniture, gardening tools, lawn mowers, sports equipment, bikes, camping equipment and vacuum cleaners before we pack them for shipping.
The following door-to-door transit times apply to Australia. These are average times, given as a guide to assist 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
We recommend that we professionally pack your goods. We use the best materials available and employ the latest techniques to ensure your goods arrive safely. We also have a variety of cartons, tailor-made 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 item moving will be packed either in a carton or export wrapped. Once packed all goods will be numbered with a label sticker and recorded on the removal inventory.
You are welcome to pack some or all of your goods yourself if you prefer. We can provide you with packing materials and a handy packing guide to help you.
We have storage facilities available in New Zealand and Australia. If you store at destination, your goods are ready more quickly when you need them. If you store them in New Zealand, you will need to wait until they arrive. If you are not sure what your final destination will be we can store your goods here in New Zealand until your plans are decided. This will avoid unnecessary shipping costs if you change your mind.
You should insure your goods during relocation to give you peace of mind and to provide protection, just in case. We offer a range of insurance options through Vero marine, one of the world’s largest and most reputable insurance providers.
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.
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 at destination. You must ensure that your cat or dog is up to date with all vaccinations and 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.
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. You will benefit from discounted fees and the best exchange rates available when you move to Australia with New Zealand Movers.
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 that to import a motor vehicle you will need to obtain a permit and for most cars you will have to pay import duty and GST. In addition, the on-road costs are much higher than in 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.