Moving To New Zealand  New Zealand flag

If you are planning on moving to New Zealand, whether to Wellington, Auckland or Christchurch, Britannia Movers International has the expertise and the local knowledge to tailor the move to your individual needs.
Time Zone : NZST[n 6] (UTC+12) - Summer (DST) NZDT (UTC+13) (Sep to Apr)
Calling Code : +64
Currency : New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

Moving personal effects to New Zealand Moving Personal Effects To New Zealand

Shipments of household goods and personal effects are allowed duty free entry, provided that they have been owned and used for at least 12 months prior to importation. To move your household goods to New Zealand, you will need an inventory, and appropriate import documentation that Britannia will supply you with before the arrival of your goods. You will also need a passport or visa to enter New Zealand.

Prohibitions and Restrictions in New Zealand Prohibitions And Restrictions

In general it is in your interest not to import the following items:

Firearms & ammunition
Inflammable goods & substances
Plants & plant material
Foodstuffs, perishables or otherwise
Narcotics and dangerous goods
Offensive materials
Alcohol & Tobacco

Transit Times in New Zealand Transit Times

Groupage or shared load consignments usually take 8 to 14 weeks door to door. However, this can vary depending on volumes being shipped, customs or immigration delays and prevailing weather conditions. Sole use containers usually take 6 to 8 weeks port to port, and there is a weekly service to all major ports.

Bar Coding Bar Coding

All Groupage consignments will be bar coded before they are loaded into the shipping container. This will ensure that no items are left at origin.

Moving Domestic Pets to New Zealand Domestic Pets

Britannia can recommend a specialised shipper of animals to assist you in sending your family pet(s) from home to home.
They will coordinate all documentation and necessary veterinary procedures.
To find out more about pet transport, take a look at our Additional Services section or email

Moving motor vehicles to New Zealand Moving Motor Vehicles To New Zealand

The importation of motor vehicles to New Zealand will be subject to import compliance. Migrants and returning New Zealanders can apply for a concession to import a single motor vehicle free of taxes and duties. To find out more about importing motor vehicles please contact Britannia Movers.

Transferring money Transferring Money

When you are moving overseas it's often more cost effective to use an international currency exchange company. Britannia Movers works with IFX; a well known, reliable brand that has been a leading operator within this market for many years. Using IFX can not only save you money but can also help make your move overseas smoother and more efficient. 

To find out more about transferring money, take a look at our Additional Services section or email

Migrant Banking services Migrant Banking Services

Whether you are moving to New Zealand to live, work, study or for a working holiday, BNZ (Bank of New Zealand) understands that you have lots of things to consider. That’s why they have kept the setting up of your migrant banking in New Zealand, before you leave home, simple.
Opening a bank account before you leave the UK means that you can transfer your money to New Zealand, so that it’s all ready for you when you arrive. It also means you have a way to have your salary/wages paid in New Zealand!
To find out more about BNZ take a look at our Additional Services section or email

Pension transfer and tax services Pension Transfer & Tax Services

Did you know over 55% of your hard earned UK pension fund can be lost on emigrating from the UK? Prism Xpat are the pension transfer and tax experts for emigrants from the UK to New Zealand. Prism Xpat will provide advice to guide you through the financial pitfalls of the move so you are not caught out on your arrival.
Did you know that by moving to New Zealand:

you can lose over 55% of your UK asset and pension values in taxation?
you can obtain significant pension rebates prior to emigrating?
You can save all your capital gains tax (including on properties)?
you can lose out through tax on currency moves?
you can mitigate your inheritance tax liability

To find out more about Prism Xpat take a look at our Additional Services section or email

Moving To New Zealand With Britannia

  • Customs Clearance - It normally takes 5 to 14 days for customs clearance and delivery. This time can be affected by government policy, or the inspection of goods for example via the New Zealand Customs Service.
  • Packing & Delivery - Our trained removers can pack and wrap all your items to ensure that they are transported safely. If you choose a full door to door shipping service to New Zealand, Britannia will deliver the goods to your new home. We can then unwrap your furniture and unpack your moving boxes onto a flat surface.
  • Additional Removal Services – Britannia can provide a variety of additional removal services when moving to New Zealand. We are authorised to provide comprehensive insurance, can arrange storage prior to delivery, and can also take care of your pet transport.