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Moving to New Zealand Checklist

Oct 13. 2022

Knowing where to start when it comes to planning a move to New Zealand can be difficult. There’s a lot to think about and it can be tough to know what to do first. Take a look at our ‘moving to New Zealand checklist’ for some useful pointers on what to include in your to do list.

New Zealand checklist:
• Ensure that you have a visa organized in advance good time and make sure your passport is valid.

• You may not want to take all of your possessions with you to New Zealand, so allow yourself time to sort through what you want to take, what can perhaps be given away to charity and what you may need to sell. Bear in mind what you’ll actually need for your new life in New Zealand and consider, for example whether such things as electrical items are compatible.

• Make contact with a reputable international moving company as far ahead in the process as you can. Opting for a professional company with experience and the British Association of Removers and FIDI accreditations will save you a lot of heartache in the long run.

• Be aware of the items that you can’t take into New Zealand. Your removal company should provide you with a list of these.

• New Zealand Customs will need to see the relevant documentation for your household goods, so be prepared. Again, your international removal company will be a vital help and point of reference when it comes to sorting out these documents.

• Keep all of your personal documents with you, such as proof of medication use.

• For all things financial, it’s best to plan ahead also. When it comes to moving money to New Zealand, it’s well worth making use of a currency transfer company rather than incurring the charges that a bank enforce for making the transfers for you. You can speak to your removal company about whether they can advise on a reputable and trusted currency company.

• Decide on whether you want to take your vehicle(s) with you. An experienced international moving company will be able to arrange this for you. Further information on this can be found here. Vehicles as well as such machinery as jet skis, lawn mowers and chainsaws also need to conform to biosecurity requirements. These are all inspected on arrival. Vehicles need to be really thoroughly cleaned inside and out. This does include underneath, around the wheels and wheel arches. Your international moving company will be able to help and explain the process to you.

At Burke Bros Moving Group we have over 40 years of experience in international removals and of moving people to and from New Zealand. Our expert team can help you every step of the way. Take a look at our dedicated page for New Zealand removals or speak to our team on 01902 714555 or via sales@burkebors.co.uk.


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