Moving to Auckland

How to Move to New Zealand

Looking to relocate to New Zealand, consider Abels to make your move as smooth as possible.

Why Choose Abels?

  • Over 50 years’ International Moving Experience
  • Friendly & Professional Team
  • FIDI-FAIM Quality Organisation
  • First Removal Company holding Investors in People
  • Holds Royal Warrant for Removals and Storage
  • Members of BAR, FEDIMAC, and IAM

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How to Move to New Zealand – Our Approach

  • Initial discussions with a member of our International Team
  • Needs assessment based on the information provided
  • Use of Questionnaires and Customer Site Surveys
  • How to Move to New Zealand proposal provided, tailored to Customers Needs.


We are adaptable to all situations and should you feel that our services do not meet your personal needs, we would welcome the opportunity to discuss your requirements and how we may be of assistance.

To find out how Abels can support you in your relocation to New Zealand,
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Considering a Move to New Zealand

Do you want to know how to move to New Zealand.Let Abels Moving Services provide you with a removal quotation for moving to 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 is therefore just over 10% larger than the area of the UK.With a population of only 4.4 million people this means that on average there is only 42 inhabitants per square mile in New Zealand compared to 666 people per square mile in the UK. So those moving to New Zealand with find it very much less populated than the UK.

New Zealand has two main islands and a number of smaller islands. The main North and South Islands are separated by the Cook Strait. After the North and South Islands, the five next largest inhabited islands are Stewart Island, the Chatham Islands, Great Barrier Island, d’Urville Island and Waiheke Island.

Moving to New Zealand will allow you to see how diverse the landscape is, with spectacular glacier-carved mountains, lakes, beaches and thermal springs. Because the islands of New Zealand are geographically isolation, much of the flora and fauna in the country is unique.

The climate in New Zealand has a mild and temperate maritime climate with average temperatures of 10 degrees centigrade in the south to 16 degrees centigrade in the north. 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 worth visiting when moving to New Zealand include Milford Sound, the Abel Tasman National Park and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Abels Moving Services have been providing discrete export packing and shipping services for discerning families and professionals relocating and moving to New Zealand for over 50 years.

Planning Your Move

When considering how to move to New Zealand it is important to speak with a specialist international removal company (not your local domestic mover!) as there are pitfalls throughout the process that you will be glad of their assistance.

Before calling, consider whether you want to send all your possessions or just a select few personal effects. To speak to an advisor call our head office on +44 1842 816600 or email and you will be contacted shortly to discuss your move.

For full house moves / large volumes it is recommended that a home survey appointment is made so that an International Customer Service Manager can personally visit your home and discuss your moving requirements, allay any concerns you may have and advise upon the process, assess the items to be packed and how best to be protected these during there transit and make judgement on the access to your property to ensure that positioning a larger removal vehicle or shipping container is possible. A full list of all items to be taken will be made by our colleague at this time. A detailed door to door removal proposal will be sent to you shortly following the visit after all costs are collated (including origin, freight, destination services)

So how to move to New Zealand when you have smaller volumes to be moved, these can be discussed over the telephone, email or provided via our online service . Your volume, access, packing requirements and shipping method, will be assessed from the information you provide. A detailed door to door removal proposal will then be produced and either posted or emailed to you for consideration.

After you book with Abels you will be introduced to a Customer Liaison Move Coordinator (who will work on behalf of your Customer Service Manager) booking, organising and managing matters when you wish to know how to move to New Zealand.

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 utilises either a 6 ply paper blanket that has a wax inner and a water resistant outer or tough bubble blanket that has a soft cloth inner and robust outer to ensure corners are not exposed. Certain items will need to be card covered, put into a carton or an additional layer of the above wrap to add extra protection for items such as polished furniture, antiques, delicate legs, mirror and glass fronted units.

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. Please remember that the goods will be “handled” many times including wrapping, loading the container, road journey to the port, container hoist removes and stacks, container hoist moves from the stack to the loading area near the vessel, loading the vessel crane gantry, sea journey and then the same in reverse. So the protection is paramount in ensuring the contents longevity.

With Abels Moving Services the highest quality export materials are utilised. (ensure you do not use materials that are designed to stay within the UK, the contents of the container will be stacked up to 2 metres and you want the carton at the bottom to stay in shape throughout its journey and protect its contents.

Fine Art & Specialist Packing Services

Moving Fine Art needs great care and will involve Enhanced Export Packing when shipping to Australia. 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.

Not only is the Export Packing of these items important, but also how they are dismantled prior to shipping to New Zealand. Grand Father Clocks will need their main components taken apart ensuring clearly the weights have been removed prior to casing the clock. Moving a barometer also need specialist packing services and careful handling to avoid any problem with the filled mercury, ensuring the tube is bunged to avoid spillage.

Training, training, training is the key with ensuring all packing teams are fully versed in the correct handling and packing techniques. Find more information about how to move.


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.

Shipping Services

Larger volumes and full house moves will be shipped within a 20ft or 40ft shipping container. If access permits we always try and load the container outside your residence. This allows you seeing our removal team’s skill and care of loading and stowing safely and the sealing of the container with our uniquely numbered container bolt seals. Where access is not suitable for this size of vehicle, goods may be loaded via Abels warehouse ( you are of course welcome to come and witness the loading ) or in a location close to your property utilising a small shuttle truck to ferry between your home and the container.

How to Move to New Zealand

New Zealand – Wellington Harbour Board Office

Shipping lines will offer some companies low cost freight yet there is a big risk to the quality of container that arrives and the transit time it then takes. Abels buy our containers through an organisation that negotiates for a supply of A1 class containers that are without fractures to the outer case, dry, clean, odour free containers on our behalf that have an almost guaranteed transit time.

If goods stay within a container that has an odour this will remain on the goods when delivered, fractures in the outer will gain water ingress.

Smaller volumes can be shipped as LCL (less than container load). Your possessions will be taken to Abels warehouse for loading into heat treated wooden crates ready for shipping.

Transit times to Various Ports in New Zealand from the UK, ie from port to port is normally between approximately 45 to 56 days on the water. Vessels depart the UK weekly to ports such as Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. Other ports within New Zealand include Lyttelton, Nelson and Tauranga. You should allow approximately 11 to 13 weeks door to door from your property in the UK to your property in New Zealand (times depend on delays due to weather, strikes, re-routing containers, vessel malfunction, customs inspections – however this guide is normally reasonably accurate)

Read more on these methods about shipping options when moving abroad.

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 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 and 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 of handling 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, letting you settle in as swiftly as possible.

Above all, we want you thinking 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 asking 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

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