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Moving 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, Pickfords ensures that your personal effects are safely passed into the hands of Allied Pickfords at your destination.

11 offices throughout New Zealand

Allied Pickfords has 11 offices across New Zealand located in:

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

What happens when emigrating to New Zealand from the UK?

When your goods are packed and forwarded from the UK and Eire, your Move Manager will forward your paperwork to Allied Pickfords New Zealand, who will send you the customs forms for completion and, on return (with appropriate supporting documents) will arrange customs and MAF (quarantine) clearance and delivery to your new home.

Transit times when moving to New Zealand

When emigrating to New Zealand, your household effects will be secured in a large metal container and carried on a container ship.You can track your luggage using our shipment tracking tool, and transit times are dependent on the type of service that has been chosen.

Full container load (container for exclusive use)

  • Auckland   8 to 10 weeks
  • Christchurch   8 to 11 weeks
  • Wellington   9 to 11 weeks

Upon arrival at 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.

Groupage (shared container services)

  • Auckland   9 to 14 weeks
  • Christchurch   9 to 14 weeks
  • Wellington -  9 to 14 weeks

All timings are door to door.

What you need to know about customs when emigrating to New Zealand

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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