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Moving To New Zealand


New Zealand

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Moving to New Zealand? Here at Burke Bros Moving Group we have over three decades of experience relocating couples and families. With our long established overseas New Zealand agents means your mind will be at rest with your relocation. You’ll benefit from an experienced New Zealand export packing team along from with our New Zealand Quarantine and Customs & Excise expertise. Plus, if required, UK Storage.

Moving  To New Zealand?

One of our experienced estimators will visit you in your home so we can accurately calculate the volume you wish to take and any of your packing requirements. Calculating the correct volume is key to a realistic quotation and the estimator can offer you some invaluable advice in preparation for your move.

Listen to our Sales Manager, Ben Hingley expert advice on planning your move to New Zealand

  • All of our removals men are trained overseas packers and will ensure your goods are safely packed. Other considerations are tailor made crates for items such as pianos, clocks and glass cabinets etc. Your items are then ready to be loaded on to the shipping container or can be put in to storage for any amount of time you require.
  • As you are shipping your personal effects to New Zealand you may require a full 20t, 40t container, we also offer part-loads or groupage containers, where you only pay for the space your possessions take up within a container.
  • We will arrive at your home to pack and wrap your items ready for shipment over a two to three day period with the container being loaded on the last day and the inventory checked, ready for the container to be locked, sealed and driven to the UK port.
  • We offer Marine Insurance on all of our international moves that is sufficient to cover your entire move, including cover for the cost of your goods and the cost of the shipment itself, on all effects, packed by Burke Bros.
  • Your items can take on average between 7 to 11 weeks to be shipped for a full container and 8 to 12 weeks on a groupage container. Times can also vary depending on the location of the port in New Zealand they are going to.
  • Upon arrival in New Zealand, one of our trusted agents will then take care of your goods and move. AII goods entering New Zealand must comply with strict Bio-security regulations and the MAP Bio- Security New Zealand (MAFBN) is responsible for protecting natural resources, plants, animals and people of New Zealand from the introduction of pests and diseases.

Documents needed:

There are several documents that you will need to ship your items to New Zealand, they include – Unaccompanied Personal Baggage Declaration N208218, MPI Supplementary Declaration, original or certified passport visa copies for all family members.

Clearing Customs & Quarantine Procedures:

MAF Bio-security New Zealand (MAFBNZ) along with New Zealand Customs Service and the department of immigration have specific requirements for people moving personal effects/household possessions to New Zealand. An inspector will assess documentation presented to MAFBNZ for possible risk goods and an inspection of your personal effects may be required. lithe shipment is a full sea container load of an inspection is mandatory and will be carried out by an Accredited Person or MAFBNZ inspector at our agent’s depot and may take between 10 to 14 days. Additional charges may be made by MAFBNZ and will be billed separately.

Delivery to your new home:

Once your items have been cleared our agent’s operations department will arrange a mutually suitable day for delivery to your new home, or your shipment can be placed in to secure storage facilities. Their services should include full unwrapping of all furniture items. reassembly of items that require non-specialist attention such as beds, dressers and bookcases etc. Other services may be available at an additional cost.

Prohibited items:

  • Canned/dried meat. spices. honey. dairy, egg.
  • Flick-knives, swordsticks, replica firearms and knuckledusters.
  • Controlled drugs, ornamental pipes such as Sheesha or Hookah.
  • Pornographic material.
  • Endangered wildlife products must have a CITES export permit issued by appropriate authority from the country of origin.

Restricted Items:

  • New or used items may attract duty / GST tax. as when belonging to persons who do not meet the qualifying criteria.
  • Alcohol can be imported duty free by persons who qualify and with a full list of type/size/proof/volume documents proof of previous ownership.
  • Tobacco will attract duty charges.
  • Radio transmitting equipment that does not comply with N2 regulations.
  • Medicines should be original and with accompanying doctors prescriptions.
  • Firearms and ammunition are strictly controlled and a Police Import Permit is required: www.pollce.gov.nz
  • Items of Specific MPI Interest: foodstuffs of any kind, biological specimens, garden & outdoor sports equipment, vacuum cleaners, untreated raw timbers or wood, bamboo, cane and rattan.

Electrical Items:

Electrical items should generally work on the New Zealand, though its worth checking with the manufacturer if you have concerns.


Most modern UK televisions will work in New Zealand as the broadcast systems in UK and New Zealand are both PAL-based. However, as they are differing versions any UK TV will need to be connected to the NZ equivalent of a UK Digital Satellite Cable receiver.


Pets are permitted entry into NZ. but will be subject to the following:

  • Rabies Vaccinations, HNATT {Rabies Antibody Titre Test). Quarantine.
  • Import Permit. DEFRA Export Health Certificate. The logistics of moving a pet are complex, please ask us for a recommendation for an approved specialist in this area.

Motor Vehicles

All vehicles being imported to New Zealand are subject to New Zealand design, age and emission regulations it is critical the requirements are met before considering shipping to New Zealand. All motorised vehicles are potentially included-cars, motorbikes. ride-on mowers, children’s motorised scooters. farm equipment and battery operated push bikes.

The following Link gives the 4 Steps for importing vehicles in to New Zealand



Overseas Removals New Zealand – Our Complete Coverage:

Moving to Auckland, New Zealand?

Our shipping to Auckland takes between 39 to 41 days to the Ports of Auckland, Waitemata Harbour and Manukau Harbour. The Auckland urban area, in the North Island of New Zealand, has a population of 1.5 million. Auckland ranges from Runciman in the south, Waiwera in the north, to Kumeu in the northwest. The section from Waiwera to Whangaparaoa Peninsula is separate from its nearest neighbouring suburb of Long Bay. Between the Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean and the Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea, Auckland has two harbours on two separate significant bodies of water.
Official Website: https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/Pages/default.aspx

Moving to Tauranga, New Zealand?

Our shipping to Tauranga City takes between 40 to 42 days to the Port of Tauranga Harbour. As the most populated city in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand, Tauranga City lies in the north-western corner of the Bay of Plenty on the south-eastern edge of Tauranga Harbour and is the centre of the sixth largest urban area in New Zealand, with a population of around 124,000. The Port of Tauranga is New Zealand’s largest export port.
Official Website: https://www.tauranga.govt.nz

Moving to Wellington, New Zealand?

Our shipping to Wellington City takes between 42 to 44 days to the Port of Wellington Harbour. As the capital city of New Zealand, it’s the world’s most southern capital city of a sovereign state, with nearly 400,000 residents. It is the major population centre of the southern North Island, located at the south western tip between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range. The Wellington urban area comprises four cities: Wellington City, on the peninsula between Cook Strait and Wellington Harbour, Porirua on Porirua Harbour, Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt known as Hutt Valley.
Official Website: https://wellington.govt.nz

Moving to Christchurch, New Zealand?

Moving to New Zealand

Our shipping to Christchurch City takes between 42 and 44 days to the Port of Lyttleton Harbour. As the country’s third most populated urban area, Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, lying one third down the South Island’s East Coast, just north of Banks Peninsula, with the population of Christchurch City being just over 340,000. Christchurch became a city by Royal Charter in 1856, making it the oldest officially established city in New Zealand, sitting on the river Avon.
Official Website: https://www.ccc.govt.nz

Moving to Dunedin, New Zealand?

Our shipping to the City of Dunedin takes between 43 and 45 days to the Port of Otago Harbour in the Otago Peninsula. As the second largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and principle city of Otago region, it has a population of 120,000. Being the remnants of an extinct volcano, the city suburbs extend onto the strip of the Otago Peninsula, along the shores of the Otago Harbour and the Pacific Ocean. Dunedin is home to the University of Otago.

Moving to Nelson, New Zealand?

Our shipping to Nelson City takes between 42 and 44 days to Port Nelson. The City of Nelson is on the Eastern shores of Tasman Bay. It’s the second oldest settled city in New Zealand and the oldest in the South Island, with a population of 45,000. It borders the West and South West areas by the Tasman District Council and the North East, East and South East of the Marlborough District Council, but does not include Richmond. It’s known for hosting the Nelson Arts Festival and Wearable Art Awards.
Official Website: https://nelson.govt.nz

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