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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Moving Internationally to New Zealand


1.The Guidelines for Preparing a Vehicle to be Shipped to New Zealand

When shipping a vehicle from Canada to New Zealand, there is a fair amount of preparation to be done to ensure that it is done properly. The first step to importing a vehicle into New Zealand is contacting NZTA to ensure that the vehicle that you are looking to import is allowed into the country. Your vehicle must comply with the ‘Frontal Impact’ and ‘Emission’ standards laid out by the country. Once your vehicle enters the country, it will be immediately subjected to a physical inspection. Preparing the vehicle for the physical inspection is the step where most people’s mistakes are made. If the vehicle is not properly prepared and is determined to be ‘dirty’ in the eyes of the New Zealand Biosecurity and Quarantine Inspection Services, it will be subjected to costly steam clean. For a vehicle to be deemed ‘dirty’, it generally contains soil, plant material, insects, or animal material. To best prepare your shipping vehicle, it is important to review the forms for properly importing a vehicle into New Zealand (https://huliinternationalmovers.ca/moving-forms-documents) and it is always recommended to get your vehicle professionally cleaned to minimize the likelihood of needing the costly steam clean.

If you are worried about not adequately understanding the vehicle preparation process, please do not hesitate to contact us (https://huliinternationalmovers.ca/contact)!

2. Shipping From Canada to New Zealand Can Be Faster Than You Think

Depending on the items shipped, the destination city, and the chosen mode of transportation, shipping times can vary drastically! Despite the times below seeming long, with the option of 2-5 day air freight, it is a reasonable and relatively cost-effective solution to ship the goods that you need immediately via air freight and wait on the bulk of your goods to arrive via ocean freight. However, if the budget allows, it is possible to ship your goods to New Zealand entirely via Air Freight and have all of your goods within a week.

Approximate Transit Times for Shipping Goods to New Zealand From Canada

Auckland/Tauranga/New Plymouth: 4-5 weeks by sea freight

Christchurch: 5-6 weeks by sea freight

Dunedin: 9-10 weeks by sea freight

Air freight: 2-5 business days

These are expected average times to assist you in the planning process.

3. Most Types of Vehicles Can be Shipped to New Zealand

When properly prepared, nearly any vehicle can be shipped to New Zealand from Canada. Below is a shortlist of the vehicles that are most commonly shipped from Canada to New Zealand.

  • Cars/Automobiles
  • All-terrain vehicles/ATVs
  • Motorcycles
  • Snowmobiles
  • Boats and Yachts
  • Jet Skis
  • RVs and Motorhomes
  • Heavy Equipment.

4. You Can Import Alcohol to New Zealand 

You can import alcohol to New Zealand. However, there is a limited alcohol allowance that permits you to import your home collection, for personal consumption, provided the alcohol is declared and within reason.

When Duties and Taxes are Collected?

Though it is highly unlikely that you will have to pay duties and taxes at all, personal belongings that are owned and used for under 21 months are subjected to the appropriate duties and taxes when being imported to New Zealand.

5. Transporting Pets to New Zealand is Generally Not as Difficult as You May Think

Many people think that it is extremely difficult to bring your pet with you for your move to New Zealand from Canada. Though it is sometimes the case that your pet is difficult to bring, if your pet meets the eligibility criteria listed here (https://www.govt.nz/browse/immigration-and-visas/bringing-things-into-new-zealand/bringing-pets-into-new-zealand/), it is very possible to bring your pet. The link also outlines the steps and an overview of the importation process.   

*Disclaimer: The information that we provide is to be used as a general guide and is subject to change without notice.
We recommend that you contact the appropriate authorities to verify that your information is up to date.