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Moving to New Zealand?
Our door-to-door international removals service will get you there in no time.

Get a quote for household removals to New Zealand from the UK and discover our essential tips to make your move to New Zealand (Aotearoa) as smooth and stress free as possible

Imagining your future in New Zealand and need a top-tier removals service to help you get there? Our standout international removals to New Zealand package is ready and waiting to take on every part of your move, ensuring nothing is overlooked and making the transition as smooth as possible.

When you’re making a significant life change, like moving from the UK to New Zealand, it’s vital to keep everything organised and make decisions with care as you move to the other side of the planet. Known for its spellbinding landscapes, unique fauna and lively city life, New Zealand provides a relaxed lifestyle that’s bursting with possibilities.

As you get ready to make this big move, partnering with United International Removals, experts in removals to New Zealand from the UK, just makes good sense. We’re pros at dealing with all the logistics involved in international relocations to New Zealand, guaranteeing you a stress-free journey for you and your prized possessions.

Whether you’re drawn to the buzzing streets of Auckland, the eclectic melting pot of Wellington, the culinary delights of Christchurch, the charming heritage of Dunedin, or perhaps the raw natural beauty of the North Island or South Island, our team is all geared up to support you at every step. We serve every corner of New Zealand, ensuring your belongings safely reach your chosen location.

We’re perfectly positioned to provide the best moving service not only in the UK but also throughout your overseas removals to New Zealand. Our dedicated team, comprised of seasoned and well-trained experts, understands the fundamentals of stress-free international relocations and is committed to making your entire move as effortless as possible.

Why not let us handle the finer details of your relocation to New Zealand, so you can keep your attention on the fun part, such as which fun new outdoor hobbies you’re looking to take up? In no time at all, you’ll be embracing the laid-back Kiwi lifestyle, enjoying pristine beaches, lively local events, or exploring the breathtaking natural scenery.

Ready to get going? Simply fill out our online form, and we’ll quickly get back to you with a quote for your move to New Zealand. Or if you prefer a chat, feel free to ring us at 01942 55710. Our friendly team is always on hand to help with any queries.

We’ll Handle It! – No matter Where In New Zealand You Are Moving To!

Our comprehensive service and expert teams will take care of everything for you, no matter how big or small your move.

Our removals to New Zealand service includes:

  • Complete door-to-door service
  • Free video or home survey
  • Your own personal Move Coordinator
  • Highly experienced packing crews
  • Quality packing materials as standard
  • Full or shared load container shipping
  • Customs clearance dealt with on your behalf
  • Help with the required paperwork and documentation
  • Shipment Protection Cover available
  • Local teams to handle your delivery
  • Storage facilities available in the UK or overseas
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Our local customs agents will ensure everything goes smoothly on arrival in your country.

Frequently Asked Questions About International Removals To New Zealand

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How long do removals and shipping to New Zealand take?

Usually, we estimate around 6-9 weeks for a sole use or full container (FCL) to arrive at most major ports including Tauranga, Auckland, Wellington, Napier and Lyttleton. Shared containers (LCL) take around 8-12 weeks. Onwards removals and shipping to other cities such as Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill and Queenstown can take slightly longer.

Unfortunately, the timescales for shipping to New Zealand are not precise. We would love to be able to give our customers exact timings for international removals to New Zealand, but there are several factors that come into play when shipping internationally, and some of them are beyond our control.

On arrival, your shipping container will need to be cleared by customs and how long this takes can vary depending on how busy the port is. For this reason, all shipping times are only estimates. It is important to mention that there is a good chance that a part load container, sometimes referred to as a shared or LCL, will take longer to arrive than a full container load, FCL.

How much do removals to New Zealand from the UK cost?

The cost of removals to New Zealand will depend on a number of factors such as the volume of goods you are sending, what packing is required, and the distance you are from the port.

As a rough guide, expect to pay £1500 – £2900 for an apartment move and £7500 – £9100 for a full household removal to New Zealand.

There will also be additional costs to consider, such as optional insurance / shipment protection and New Zealand customs inspection fees that need to be paid on arrival.

The best way to get a more accurate price or estimate is to call our team or request a removals quote online. They can also advise on the best way to reduce your removal costs to get the cheapest removals to New Zealand..

NB: As prices are changing regularly, we highly recommend you contact us to get an estimate of current removal costs and book a free home or virtual survey so that we can give you a more accurate removals quote.

What is included in the cost for removals to New Zealand?

We offer a fully comprehensive removals service to New Zealand which will take care of everything for you. The removals service includes door-to-door pick-up and delivery (not door to port), export packing by professional international removal packers, specialist cartons, crates and antique packing as required, help with customs paperwork and inventory listing, shipping via accredited shipping lines, transport to and from the port, customs clearance service.

Additional fees that are not included in your removal costs quote include customs inspection fees, duties and port fees payable on arrival in New Zealand, storage services and maritime insurance or shipment protection cover which is recommended but not required.

Beware of cheap removals quotes to New Zealand which do not include all the costs.

Whats is the container shipping or removals process to New Zealand?

Your household belongings and furniture will be shipped to New Zealand via a sea freight service. The overseas removals service can be quite complicated, but with United Removals’, our expert teams will make the process as easy and stress free as possible. You can sit back and let us do all the heavy lifting!

Our New Zealand removals service includes the following steps:

1) A home or video survey to provide you with an accurate quote or removal estimate.

2) A personal Move Coordinator to plan and manage all aspects of your home removal.

3) They will guide you through completing all the necessary paperwork for sea freight shipping, customs clearance and shipment protection.

4) On move day, our movers and packers will take care of all the packing and export wrapping of furniture and other belongings.

5) If you require a full load container (either 20 ft or 40 ft), the shipping container will be delivered to your property and loaded by the packing crew.

6) For shared or part load containers, your household goods and personal belongings will be taken in our removals van to one of our depots for loading onto the shipping container as groupage.

7) The container will then be sent by sea freight to New Zealand.

8) On arrival at port (we ship to all major ports in New Zealand), our local partner agents will handle the customs process for you. Once your shipment has been cleared and all customs fees and duties paid, it will be released for final delivery.

9) Your belongings will then be delivered to their final destination to your new home address or to storage if required. Our partner, New Zealand removals service, will then unload your goods and unpack furniture to ensure all your belongings arrive safely.

What about small moves to New Zealand?

If you are only sending a few personal belongings such as luggage and boxes, we recommend our baggage or box shipping service.

We can deliver boxes and other packing materials for you to self-pack. Once you are ready, we can collect them and deliver them to your address in New Zealand.

Our baggage shipping service for small moves includes up to about 20 boxes or suitcases and can include items such as TVs, bicycles, surfboards and toolboxes.

It does not, however, include large items of furniture.

Are there any prohibited and restricted items for New Zealand I need to be aware of when packing?

When planning to travel or relocate to New Zealand, it’s important to be aware of the country’s list of prohibited and restricted items that cannot be brought into the country. Whether you are visiting or moving permanently, it is crucial to check whether the items you intend to bring are restricted or prohibited and take appropriate action.

Prohibited Items:

  1. Objectionable Material: Items such as videotapes, films, records, CD-ROMs, and publications containing objectionable material containing themes such as excessive violence, cruelty or crime are not allowed to be imported.
  2. Weapons: Weapons disguised as other objects, flick knives, butterfly knives, swordsticks, and knuckle-dusters are strictly prohibited.
  3. Drug Equipment: Importing equipment intended for the use of cannabis or methamphetamine is not permitted.
  4. Crime-related Items: Any item that is planned to be used in a crime is prohibited.

Restricted Items:

  1. Endangered Species and Wildlife: Species protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), including ivory in all forms, carvings, and jewellery made from ivory, as well as products made from or with whalebone or bones from marine animals, require a permit or exemption for import.
  2. Carnivorous Plants: Importing carnivorous plants is subject to restrictions and may require pre-approval.
  3. Luxury Goods and Natural Resources of Russian Origin: Luxury goods originating from Russia, such as vodka, seafood, precious stones, clothing, footwear, and personal electronics, valued at more than $1000, necessitate a permit or exemption for import. This requirement also extends to coal, oil, gas, and gold of Russian origin, emphasizing the need for proper authorization or clearance prior to importing these valuable resources.
  4. Medicines: Some medicines, especially controlled drugs or those containing pseudoephedrine, may not be allowed to be brought into New Zealand. Prescription medicines may be permitted with a valid doctor’s prescription.

Additionally, certain items, such as artworks, antiques, and specific animal products, may have specific regulations or requirements. If you have antiques valued at NZD$1000 or above, you will need to complete an import declaration. Antiques over 100 years old can be imported duty-free with a Certificate of Antiquity.

It’s essential to consult the official New Zealand Customs Service website or contact them directly for more detailed and up-to-date information regarding prohibited and restricted items for import into New Zealand.


Do you provide an air freight service to New Zealand?

If you only have a small number of personal effects to send to New Zealand, then our air freight removal service is for you. We can provide you with boxes and cartons, or you can use your own bags and suitcases. This is the quickest removals service but also the most expensive. Many people, therefore, use a combination of both air freight and sea freight shipping services.

What if I have other questions about removals to New Zealand?

You can check out our more detailed New Zealand International Removals Guide below or why not give one of our advisers a call on 01942 557102?

They will be happy to answer all of your questions, give you some guideline prices and arrange a home survey consultation to provide a more accurate price.

We move hundreds of people and families to New Zealand every year…

No matter where in the UK you are moving from and where in New Zealand you are moving to, we are to help and provide a friendly, personal removals service.


Popular New Zealand Destinations Include:

  • Auckland
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch (Canterbury)
  • Hamilton (Waikato)
  • Tauranga (Bay of Plenty)
  • Dunedin (Otago)
  • Palmerston North (Manawatū-Whanganui)
  • Napier-Hastings (Hawke’s Bay)
  • Nelson (Nelson-Tasman)
  • Rotorua (Bay of Plenty)
  • New Plymouth (Taranaki)
  • Whangarei (Northland)

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The United Removals complete guide to household removals to New Zealand from the UK

Essential tips to make removals to New Zealand easier and stress free

If you have not undertaken an international removal before then it can be daunting. There are a lot of things to consider. Our guide below gives you a quick overview of what you need to know about overseas removals from the UK to New Zealand​.

However, remember, your United Removals Move Coordinator will guide you step by step through the process and take care of the details for you.

Planning your move – Start early!

When it comes to any type of house move, planning and preparation are the most important things you should consider, and this is particularly important when you are moving overseas.

The best advice that we can give you when it comes to removals to New Zealand is to start planning everything early. Do not leave everything until the last minute otherwise, you could find that you forget something important.

We would recommend that you begin by booking your initial free home survey with us at least 3-6 months before you plan to move. Whilst we do our best to accommodate last minute and urgent moves, your relocation will be a lot smoother and stress free if you have time to prepare in advance.

Get quotes from about 3 specialist international removal companies

We recommend getting a few quotes for your move so you can compare the different styles of companies and ensure you are happy with their service. Make sure, however, that you are comparing like with like. For example, are the volumes the same? Is everything included?

Also, overseas removals are very different to domestic moves. It is therefore essential to ensure that your removalist is experienced, if not specialising in international moves.

We are confident that you’ll find your quote from United Removals to be very competitive and can be assured that standards of service are second to none.

Find the right balance of what to take and what to leave behind

In recent years, shipping costs have increased so you may want to keep this in mind when you consider what you want to take with you to New Zealand and what you can leave behind. However, it isn’t all bad news; remember it becomes relatively cheaper as you ship more.

You do need to think about the cost that could be involved in replacing some of your items in New Zealand if you are not sure about shipping them. Even when they are only small items, this cost can soon add up, particularly if there are a lot of items.

Research the cost of replacement items as some things are more expensive and some may not even be available – it may turn out that shipping them may be more economical in the long run.

Storage services for your household goods in UK or New Zealand

Will you need storage in the UK or New Zealand?

Moving from one location in the UK to another is rarely the smooth process that people hope for, so it goes without saying that when you move to another country, the entire process can become a little trickier.

Often people find that they have a period of time once they have sold their property and before they move when they need to place their belongings in storage, which we can help you with.

We have several storage solutions depending on your needs. We can arrange storage for your personal effects in the UK before they are shipped or in New Zealand after they arrive – whichever suits your situation.

If the issue is that you do not have a fixed address in New Zealand to ship your belongings to then we can arrange for your household goods and personal effects to be placed in storage in New Zealand whilst you sort out accommodation.

Once you have a property ready, our local movers can arrange delivery of your belongings from storage.

Packing for your move to New Zealand

Your belongings must be appropriately packed for shipping to New Zealand. The journey is lengthy, and they will be moved around from one form of transport to another more than once.

This means that there is chance items could move within your shipping container and if they are not adequately protected, then they could become damaged.

A high standard of export packing is, therefore essential, so it is recommended that you use a professional packing service. This will also save you a lot of time and stress.

Our team of professional packers are expertly trained to deal with all the issues encountered with export wrapping. The boxes that we use to transport all of your smaller items are double-walled, and we also ensure that all of your furniture is export wrapped to ensure that it arrives in good condition at your destination.

For those delicate and fragile items, such as artwork and antiques, we can arrange specialist packing to offer better protection to your articles. This includes custom built crates.

Our expert packing team is here to help you with as little or as much of your packing process as you want. We offer all of our customers the following packing services:

  • Full international export standard packing & wrap service
  • Fully trained export packers
  • Provision of export quality boxes, cartons, packing paper & packing materials
  • Custom wood casing/crates if required
  • Professional antique wrapping for delicate items
  • Advice on preparing your items for transport to New Zealand
  • Premium grade disinfectant available for outdoor items
  • Complete inventory list for customs

You may wish to start packing some boxes before your move day. Speak to our team about using export quality cartons and remember you’ll need to keep an inventory of items for customs.

Preparing your items for removal and shipping

The New Zealand government is incredibly stringent when it comes to biosecurity issues to protect their unique environment. As such, your items must be cleaned thoroughly in preparation for shipping. This is especially the case when it comes to any outdoor items.

If you are planning to ship tools, bikes, garden equipment and BBQ, these must be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly. Our team can offer a professional disinfecting service that should clean all your belongings thoroughly enough to keep the Customs inspectors happy.

Shipping furniture to New Zealand

Our international removals service is perfect for shipping your furniture to New Zealand from the UK.

For furniture removals, every item is carefully packed or ‘export wrapped’ using packing materials such as blanket wrap. All furniture pieces, including sofas, armchairs, beds, tables and cupboards, can be packed and shipped in a container.

As large items are bulky, you consider which are cost effective to send. For example, most houses and apartments in New Zealand have built-in wardrobes, so shipping these might not be worthwhile.

Arranging collection and shipping from Self-storage in the UK

You may wish to put your belongings in self-storage units whilst you are selling your property or waiting for your visa to come through.

Shipping your belongings to New Zealand from storage is a simple process. If your household belongings and furniture are in self-storage units in the UK, our team can arrange to collect them and professionally pack them for shipping either at the self-storage unit or back at our depot.

If you wish to pre-pack yourself, please ensure you have appropriate international shipping cartons/boxes and that everything is carefully wrapped and packed for its journey.

Customs clearance and inspection

Many of our customers worry about customs clearance for all of their belongings when they arrive in New Zealand. This is something that we can help you with. However, you may find the following information useful when planning your move.

If you are a returning New Zealand citizen or a migrant with a permanent visa who has been away from New Zealand for over 12 months, there will be no Customs Duties or GST to pay on any household effects you ship. It is important to check if you meet these criteria. However, other customs-related charges, fees and duties may need to be paid. Antiques, for example, are free of any customs duty; however, there is a 10% GST that will need to be applied.

Customs regulations and duties are subject to change, so it can be a good idea to check for the most up-to-date guidelines and information.

In the event that you do not meet the criteria for household effects, or it is deemed that your goods are commercial imports, then Customs duty and GST may be applied.
On arrival in New Zealand, your household goods and personal effects will require inspection and clearance from Australian Customs before they are allowed into the country.

For your shipping container to be released, you will need to pay any customs inspections and customs fees, and also any quarantine fees. These will be payable locally. Our agents in New Zealand will be able to assist you with the customs clearance process.

The personal Move Coordinator who is assigned to you when you choose us to assist with your removal will be able to advise you with information regarding what you can and can’t take with you to New Zealand and also how you can prepare and clean your items for shipping. If you prefer, our expert packers can help you with this.

This information is essential as it can help you minimise customs inspection and quarantine fees that New Zealand Customs Service and Biosecurity may change.

Insurance and shipping protection

United International Removals take great care to ensure your belongings are well-packed and taken care of during their journey. We only use accredited shipping lines and partners to ensure the highest levels of service.

However, due to the nature of international shipping and removals, it is recommended that you take out your own maritime insurance policy or shipment protection cover for complete peace of mind. Just like when you mail a parcel overseas, the shipping company cannot cover the full value of your goods in the unlikely event of something going missing or being broken.

We can offer and recommend Shipment Protection Cover that is highly flexible and will offer you lots of advantages.

This cover is simple and easy to put in place. All that is required is the completion of a shipment protection valuation form detailing the items that need to be covered and their value.

The shipment protection costs are calculated on the value that you want to cover and are based on whether you have packed the items or they have been packed professionally.

Shipping cars and other motor vehicles with your removal

As cars are expensive and people drive on the left side in New Zealand, it is certainly worth considering shipping your car in a 40 ft container alongside your house contents.

New Zealand does have strict import criteria for cars so speak to our team to ensure that importing your vehicle is feasible and cost effective.

Some paperwork will be required but we can help you ensure it is all completed correctly and our agents will take care of customs clearance for you.

A Practical Guide To Moving To New Zealand

Essential advice to help make your move to New Zealand a breeze!

Moving is never easy, and when it comes to moving to a new country, this makes some things like looking for a new home, finding a new job and even working out the best areas to live just that little bit harder.

Whilst we can’t really help you with this, we have put together a short guide to give you some tips.

Where to move to in New Zealand?

New Zealand (Aotearoa) boasts an array of enticing destinations, promising moderate climates, picturesque landscapes, engaging work opportunities, and a laid-back Kiwi lifestyle. No matter where you decide to plant your roots, we can help get your treasured belongings there. Our relocation services cover all regions of the UK and will safely transport you to any city or town in the Land of the Long White Cloud!

1. Auckland and North Island:

Auckland, the bustling hub of North Island, is renowned for its stunning skyline, iconic Sky Tower, and a blend of urban and coastal living. It offers a cosmopolitan lifestyle, magnificent beaches, and a diverse cultural spectrum. While living costs are comparatively high, Auckland provides a range of job opportunities across various sectors, complemented by a vibrant arts scene. North Island is also home to unique geothermal landscapes, serene coastal towns, and the enchanting mountains of Tongariro National Park.

2. Wellington and Lower North Island:

Wellington, the capital of New Zealand and the heart of the lower North Island, is famous for its coffee culture, art scene, and stunning waterfront. It offers a rich cultural experience, excellent public transportation, and a generally mild climate. The lower North Island also features attractions like the wine regions of Wairarapa, Kapiti Coast’s beaches, and the ski slopes of Mount Ruapehu. Wellington often ranks high among the world’s most liveable cities.

3. Hamilton and Waikato Region:

Hamilton, set in the Waikato Region, is known for its lush gardens, relaxed lifestyle, and friendly locals. The city provides a relatively lower cost of living than Auckland and Wellington, while still offering job opportunities and a growing arts scene. The Waikato region is home to iconic attractions such as the Hobbiton movie set, Waitomo glowworm caves, and the scenic Coromandel Peninsula.

4. Christchurch and Canterbury, South Island:

Christchurch, located in Canterbury, South Island, is characterized by its English heritage, serene parks, and the Avon River. It has a flourishing tech industry, providing various job opportunities. The Canterbury region boasts unique landscapes, including the Aoraki/Mount Cook, the beautiful Kaikoura coastline, and the charming vineyards of Waipara Valley.

5. Dunedin and Otago Region, South Island:

Dunedin, the principal city of the Otago Region, is known for its Scottish heritage, impressive architecture, and excellent educational institutions. It offers a relaxed pace of life, affordable living, and easy access to nature. Otago is renowned for its diverse landscapes, such as the rugged Central Otago, the stunning Otago Peninsula, and the world-famous Central Otago wine region.

6. Nelson and Tasman Region, South Island:

Nelson, situated in the sunniest region of South Island, is famed for its art scene, golden beaches, and the nearby Abel Tasman National Park. It offers a relaxed lifestyle, affordable living, and a thriving horticulture industry. Tasman region is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, boasting three national parks, idyllic beaches, and a bustling local craft beer and wine scene.

7. Invercargill and Southland Region, South Island:

Invercargill, the southernmost city of New Zealand, is known for its rich heritage, friendly locals, and proximity to some of the country’s most pristine natural environments. It provides a relaxed pace of life, affordable living, and an authentic Kiwi experience. The Southland region is famous for its iconic wildlife, such as the Fiordland penguin, the stunning beauty of the Catlins Coast, and the majestic Milford Sound.

8. Tauranga and Bay of Plenty:

Tauranga, the harbourside city in the Bay of Plenty region, is characterized by its sunny climate, beautiful beaches, and the iconic Mount Maunganui. It offers a vibrant lifestyle, a growing job market, and an array of outdoor activities. The Bay of Plenty is a horticultural powerhouse, known for its kiwifruit and avocado production, and is a gateway to the geothermal wonders of Rotorua.

Buying property in New Zealand

Entering the real estate market in New Zealand can feel somewhat daunting, particularly for those unfamiliar with the country’s property landscape. Although property prices tend to be higher than in the UK, particularly in main city centres, exploring residential areas in the suburbs or smaller towns can often uncover affordable and attractive housing options.

Recent shifts in the property market have seen a welcome downward trend in housing prices, which comes as excellent news for newcomers to New Zealand. Median property values across the country vary significantly, depending on location. Auckland, for example, boasts a median value of over $1 million, while in Wellington, the median is around $820,000. Lower values can be found in other regions, such as Christchurch and Tauranga, where the median property prices are $550,000 and $740,000 respectively.

Navigating the process of purchasing property overseas can be complex, and it’s where the expertise of a local real estate agent becomes invaluable. They can guide you through the unique aspects of New Zealand’s property market, such as the bidding process and legal requirements, which may be significantly different from what you’re accustomed to in the UK.

While buying a home might be your ultimate goal, it’s often wise to consider renting a property initially when you first arrive in the country. This allows you to take some time to familiarise yourself with different neighbourhoods, discover what amenities are important to you, and decide on the area that suits your lifestyle before making a long-term commitment. After all, purchasing a home is not only a financial investment but also an investment in your lifestyle and future.

Relocating your pets

If you intend to bring your furry family member, like a cat or dog, along with you to New Zealand, you’ll need to adhere to some specific requirements. First and foremost, your pet must have an ISO-compatible microchip implanted. You can consult with your vet, who can either verify the presence and compatibility of an existing microchip or implant a new one.

In New Zealand, biosecurity is taken very seriously to prevent the introduction of foreign diseases. Therefore, the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) requires an official veterinary certificate confirming your pet’s fitness for travel. This documentation forms part of your import application, check the website here.

The MPI mandates that all pets entering the country must have a valid import permit, and they must undergo a mandatory quarantine period at an MPI-approved quarantine facility. The length of quarantine depends on the country of origin, but for most, it is 10 days for dogs and cats.

Due to the specific and sometimes complex regulations surrounding pet importation to New Zealand, many choose to engage the services of a specialist pet relocation company. Such firms can streamline the process, ensuring that all necessary documentation is completed correctly and that your pet’s move and transportation are as stress-free as possible. Always make sure the company you choose is familiar with New Zealand’s stringent pet importation regulations.

Looking for a job in New Zealand

If you’re making the move to New Zealand with a job already secured, your transition will likely be significantly smoother. In such cases, your employer or recruitment agency will generally manage the fine details, ensuring all necessary paperwork and visa requirements are handled on your behalf. This support can be a significant relief, allowing you to focus on other aspects of your move.

However, if you’re setting foot in New Zealand in search of employment, it’s important to begin by conducting thorough research into the current job market. The demand for specific roles and skills fluctuates and is influenced by various factors, including the economy and immigration policies.

Visas for moving to New Zealand

You’ll need to secure a visa or be a New Zealand citizen before moving and shipping your belongings to New Zealand. Various visa options are available; check the official government page here for more info, awarded on a points-based system, with points allocated based on factors like age, skill set, experience, and English language proficiency. It’s advisable to consult with companies that specialise in visa requirements for relocation.

Before moving to New Zealand, it’s crucial to apply for the correct type of visa suitable for your specific needs. New Zealand offers a range of visas for various purposes, including work, study, investment, or enjoying a vacation. You should consider if you need a shorter term working visa or a longer term permant residency visa if you’re planning to become a fully fledged Kiwi!

Work visas are among the most commonly sought, particularly the Essential Skills work visa and the Long Term Skill Shortage List work visa. The Essential Skills work visa is for those with a job offer from a New Zealand employer in an occupation on the Essential Skills in Demand Lists. If your skills are listed in an area of long-term skill shortage, and you have a job offer in that occupation, you could opt for the Long Term Skill Shortage List work visa. For those planning to set up their own business in New Zealand, the Entrepreneur Work Visa could be a feasible choice.

Another major category is residence visas. The Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa is the most common type intended for highly skilled workers. Eligibility is determined using a points-based system, considering factors such as age, work experience, and qualifications.

Transferring money to New Zealand

There are no limits on money transfers, but for large sums like proceeds from selling a house, it’s advisable to consult with a foreign currency specialist. Timing your transfer well and getting better exchange rates can result in significant savings.

We hope this information proves helpful, and if you’re looking to relocate to New Zealand, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team to help you plan your packing and removal at every stage of the move.  

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