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Moving to New Zealand

Abels Moving Services have been providing discrete export packaging and shipping services for over 50 years. Request a quote today and let your very own journey begin.

About New Zealand

New Zealand is located 900 miles east of Australia and sits between the Tasman Sea and the South Pacific Ocean. Covering an area of 104,454 square miles it boasts just over 10% larger than the area of the UK.

With an average of only 42 inhabitants per square mile and a population of only 4.4 million people, New Zealand provides peaceful tranquillity for those in search of beautiful scenery and quieter nights.

The main North and South Islands are separated by the Cook Strait with the five next largest inhabited islands being Stewart Island, the Chatham Islands, Great Barrier Island, d’Urville Island and Waiheke Island.

Moving to New Zealand unveils a captivating array of landscapes, from majestic glacier-carved mountains to serene lakes, pristine beaches, and rejuvenating thermal springs. The country’s islands are geographically isolated and showcase a remarkable diversity, and unique flora and fauna, that sets them apart from the rest of the world.

New Zealand has a maritime climate that averages temperatures between 16°C in the north to 10°C in the south. Christchurch is the driest city, averaging only 25 inches of rain per year and Auckland the wettest, with 50 inches of rain per year.

The key exports of New Zealand are Wool, food and dairy products, along with wood and paper products. The country has trade deals with Australia, China, Japan and the USA.

Places to consider when moving to New Zealand include Milford Sound, the Abel Tasman National Park and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.


Planning Your Move

When planning your move to New Zealand, we advise that you speak to a specialist international removal company – not your local domestic mover! – to help navigate any potential pitfalls.

To speak with an advisor, call or email today and our expert staff will be in contact with you shortly to help.

When contacting our team directly, you will be given the resources to make a formal enquiry with a precise overview of the regulations we undertake to make sure your moving process to New Zealand is smooth sailing. This includes an overview of the approach we will take to complete a thorough, premium, end-to-end moving service.

When enquiring about moving from the UK to New Zealand, please provide us with the following: the volume, access, packing requirements and shipping method – so that we can provide the best reliable resources unique to your relocation.

After you book with Abels, you will be introduced to a Customer Liaison Move Coordinator, booking, organising and managing matters when moving to New Zealand.

Talk to our experts

Let Abels plan and coordinate your move to New Zealand or anywhere else in the world.

Export Packing

Abels Moving Services advises that Export Packing is a fundamental requirement for all your items and possessions when moving to New Zealand. So what actually is Export Packing, and how do I get advice on what will be required?

Export Packing is a way of protecting items when in transit. It considers external environmental impacts, providing water-resistant resources and additional packaging to preserve the items condition. Whilst also meeting the requirements for shipping goods from the UK to New Zealand.

The level of protection that is needed when moving items for example by road is less stringent but for moving your items travelling thousands of miles in either 20ft Containers or 40ft Containers on their sea journey to New Zealand then they will need additional Export Packing protection.

We take the protection of goods very seriously, your trusted advisor will provide an in-depth overview of the processes for exported goods. Including how your items will be handled and monitored through the moving process to New Zealand.

With Abels Moving Services the highest quality export materials are utilised. Our expert packing guidance provides a plethora of information which will offer resources to ensure your belonging are correctly preserved during your move abroad.


Fine Art & Specialist Packing Services

Moving Fine Art needs great care and will involve Enhanced Export Packing when shipping to New Zealand. Items such as Fine Art Paintings and valuable pieces of furniture along with delicate items such as moving a Grand Father Clock, packing and shipping Barometers, transporting chandeliers all need careful handling while being packed in a specific way.

The use of special cases built especially for these items needs to be utilised to give the highest level of protection. Find out more information about Moving Antiques, Fine Art, and Valuables.

Training is the key to ensuring all packing teams are fully versed in the correct handling and packing techniques. Find more information about moving abroad.


In New Zealand there are 4 main International Airports and 2 other International Airports providing a more limited service. The main International Airports include Auckland International Airport (AKL), Christchurch International Airport (CHC), Hamilton International Airport (HLZ) and Palmerston North International Airport (PMR). The other two smaller International Airports are Dunedin International Airport (DUD) and Wellington International Airport (WLG).

The two largest airports in New Zealand are the International Airport of Auckland which handles over 14 million passengers per year and that of Christchurch which handles over 5.5 million passengers per year.

With sea transit times for shipping your possessions from the UK to New Zealand taking in the order of 11 to 13 weeks, you may consider to send some of your consignment by Airfreight. Items for Airfreight will need to be Professionally Packed (due to security restrictions not permitting owner packed cartons) and are then loaded into heat treated modules of various sizes and then waterproof covered for added protection against the elements.

Please allow 2 weeks transit door to door for airfreight to allow for UK and New Zealand Security and Customs assessments before delivery is permitted to your new home.

See More information about airfreight shipments.

Enjoy a stress-free move abroad

Get in touch with our removal experts to see how we can help with your move today.

Customs Information

The import of your personal items and household goods into New Zealand are subject to import and export rules and regulations. 

Your Abels Move Manager will provide you with tailored information to guide you through this part of the relocation process.

For now, here is a little breakdown of what to expect to help you start planning your move abroad.  

For your items to clear customs, you will need to provide some specific documentation. Our friendly team will discuss these requirements with you ahead of your move, the documents required at customs will depend on your status and personal situation. 

Explore the FIDI Customs Guide for New Zealand, for further guidance ahead of your move consultation with a trusted member of the Abels team.

Immigration and passport control at the airport. woman border control officer puts a stamp in passport

Destination Services

Abels select our partners from those with the highest quality accreditations. These will normally hold the FIDI-faim quality award to ensure that the standards enjoyed with Abels Moving Services is continued to perform the Customs Clearance and Delivery Service. It’s too late to find that the agents selected are not of the highest standard, so we ensure we use the best on your behalf.

Our destination partners will be advised of your shipment shortly following the departure of the container from the UK. They will make contact with you near to when the container is due to arrive in New Zealand so that they can perform the Customs clearance process on your behalf.

Following Customs clearance our partners will contact you to arrange the delivery date of your possessions. Normal service includes delivery, unpacking, set up of normal furniture (not Ikea kit furniture unless agreed) removal and disposal of waste packaging materials and return of the shipping container to wharf. Should you prefer, arrangements can be made for a put away service / maid cleaning / relocation or settling in services – should you have specific requirements, please discuss with your Abels Customs Service Manager or Customs Liaison.

Our destination agent will have the professional experience and local knowledge to handle all the details of import documents, customs clearance and delivery of your possessions for you in New Zealand Abels Moving Services endeavours to ensure your arrival at your new home overseas is smooth and trouble-free, to allow you to settle in as swiftly as possible.


Above all, we want you to think of Abels for your next move and the one after that, we don’t simply wish to buy your current move at the risk of losing your future business, goodwill and recommendations!

In conclusion if you are moving to New Zealand you are welcome to ask Abels Moving Services to provide you with a removal quotation for your move. If you are moving to another destination other than New Zealand we would also be glad to assist you with your move.

Abels Moving Services:
Telephone: 01842 816600