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Removals to New Zealand FAQs

May 02. 2024

When it comes to making a move from the UK to New Zealand, we understand that our customers have a lot of questions about the relocation and how the process of removals to New Zealand works. Whilst our experts are on hand to answer any queries and to guide our customers every step of the way, here we’ve pulled together some of the questions that we are asked most frequently.

Can I take pets to New Zealand?

New Zealand has strictly enforced regulations to protect their flora and fauna. The exact stipulations depend on the type of pet, so it’s important to research this very thoroughly when you’re considering the move. For example, the requirements can cover vaccinations, health checks and quarantine, microchipping and rabies vaccinations. You’ll also need to factor in the costs for these procedures.

Many types of animals are allowed into New Zealand (cats, dogs and chinchillas) but there are some animals that are prohibited. Certain dog breeds also have restrictions (unless meeting specific criteria, such as being a registered service animal.) Take a look at the New Zealand government website for further details.

Working with our trusted partners worldwide, we can offer a customised travel plan for your pets to New Zealand and worldwide. 

How much does it cost to move to New Zealand?

When it comes to shipping household effects and possessions to New Zealand, one of the most common questions is, of course, what will it cost? In answer to this question, there are a number of factors that will dictate the final cost of removals. Primarily, the cost will be dependent on the volume of effects that you want to take with you and the method of transportation that you opt for. For example, if you want the items moving quickly and opt for air freight, this will be more expensive than sea freight. It will also be affected by which destination in New Zealand you are moving to.

Many international moves involve storage for some period of time, so the cost of either storing your items in containers or in self-access storage rooms needs to be factored into your budget. To obtain an accurate indication of costs, it’s important to have a pre-move survey conducted by a professional international shipping company either in-house or via a video survey. During this process they will assess all of the afore-mentioned variables to provide a quotation, but also impart advice on a number of areas from removals to customs and quarantine procedures.

How should I go about doing my packing?

We’re often asked this about all kinds of moves, but when it comes to moving overseas, the best advice really is to leave it to the professionals. Quite simply, they are quicker and have the right packing materials to hand. Many people underestimate the work involved in packing. Moreover, if the remover packs, their work is protected by insurance.
We advise that you keep personal valuables with you and if you do pack any items yourself, ensure that you give a list to the moving company. Most countries will have restrictions on what you can import. Your moving company will advise on this and will signpost you to up to date rules on importing.
Be sure to isolate your travel documents and passport don’t let these be packed.

How important is it to take out insurance for my removals to New Zealand?

Whilst your remover should take every possible care with your goods, moving abroad will realistically involve many people handling your shipment and your effects travelling a considerable distance. Taking out insurance gives you peace of mind and saves the heartache, should the unforeseen occur.


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