Removals to New Zealand

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Pickfords is part of the world's largest and most integrated moving network. If you are moving to New Zealand, we ensure that your personal belongings will arrive safely at your new home in New Zealand.

Offices throughout New Zealand

Pickfords has offices across New Zealand located in:

Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Invercargill, Nelson, Palmerston North, Tauranga, Timaru, Wellington, Whangerei

How does it work?

  1. Fill out our online international removals quote form.
  2. Our team will contact you to arrange a video survey and provide you with your free quote.
  3. On move day our teams will arrive and professionally pack your goods ready for transportation to New Zealand. 
  4. Your belongings will be sent via sea to New Zealand either in a full load container or a shared container, depending on the service you choose.
  5. Our international agents will help to get your belongings through customs and clearance and delivered to your new address.

Our service options

  • Shared Container (Groupage). This is recommended if you're not shipping a whole house load to New Zealand. You'll share a container with other customers moving to New Zealand and only be charged for the space you use. This option is great if you're moving on a budget and you don't mind waiting slightly longer for your items.
  • Full Container Load (FCL). This is designed for customers shipping a whole house load to New Zealand. You'll be charged for a full 20ft or 40ft container to fill how you wish. Your exclusive container will be delivered to your UK residence, packed for you and then shipped to New Zealand and delivered it to your new home. This option costs slightly more but is much quicker than a shared container.

How long will my New Zealand removals take?

Our door-to-door transit times for our international removals to New Zealand vary depending on which shipment method you decide on as well as where you're moving to in New Zealand. The good news is you can keep track of your belongings using our shipment tracking tool.

Full container load (container for exclusive use)

  • Auckland: 10 to 12 weeks
  • Christchurch: 10 to 12 weeks
  • Wellington: 10 to 12 weeks

Groupage (shared container services)

  • Auckland: 10 to 16 weeks
  • Christchurch: 10 to 16 weeks
  • Wellington: 10 to 16 weeks

When your container arrives at the port in New Zealand, Customs and Quarantine may take between 10 to 20 working days to complete; this has been allowed in the overall door to door totals quoted.

The transit time detailed is for guideline purposes only and may be subject to variation dependent upon prevailing market conditions, shipping line capacity and actual sailings. Your Move Manager will keep you updated following collection of your shipment.

Customs and clearance

Importation of used personal and household effects on a duty free basis is dependent on your status on arrival into New Zealand (i.e. the type of visa you hold).

Please discuss your circumstances with your local Pickfords representative.

New Zealand quarantine inspections

MAF Biosecurity New Zealand leads New Zealand's biosecurity efforts, protecting the health of New Zealanders and ensuring the welfare of the environment, flora and fauna, marine life and Māori resources. They manage risk prior to and at the border, including import and export trade inspection and official assurances.

Most larger consignments of household effects contain some items that require inspection by the MAF when emigrating to New Zealand.

If you have any questions about moving to New Zealand, make sure to check out the guides in our moving advice centre or contact us to speak directly to one of our friendly removals experts today.

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