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Moving to New Zealand

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The magic land of long white clouds, home to over 5 million people and six times as many sheep, New Zealand has become a dream relocation destination for thousands today. When moving to New Zealand, after you have conducted your research about the country and have gathered all the immigration documents, it is time to identify the best way to move overseas.

Moving to New Zealand from any country, apart from Australia, is somewhat challenging due to strict import laws and regulations. When packing to move to New Zealand, ensure your possessions do not fall under any of the prohibited categories or require additional import permits. There are a couple of ways you can move to New Zealand and depending on your needs, Hercules Moving Company will help you to choose the best one.

If you have already made up your mind and are ready to move to New Zealand, here are some of the important relocation tips and facets to consider.

Moving to New Zealand by Sea Freight

Moving to New Zealand by Ocean Freight is by far the most affordable way to move household goods overseas. When shipping to New Zealand, consider the following shipping methods.

Moving to New Zealand by Air Freight

Air Freight is the fastest way to move home goods overseas. The whole process will take only a couple of days allowing the customer to have his possessions immediately after receiving all the required documents.

Sea Freight
Air Freight
Sole Use Container
Shared Container

Sole Use Container, or in other words FCL (Full Container Load) is used when there is a large number of items to be transported. Whether you want to move your full house or simply wish to have a personal container you have the following options:

20 ft Container
40 ft Container
40 ft High-Cube

The term “Shared Container” refers to multiple shipments being sent in one container to a destination in close proximity. It is used when there are not enough items or no need in an entire shipping container. If you are bringing only essentials when moving to New Zealand, consider the following methods:

Groupage Shipping

When sending items via groupage shipping, your international moving company collects numerous small loads that have an area/location destination into one, allowing you to save on shipment, packaging and insurance fees. The moving company will keep your possession in the storage until enough shipments are gathered.

LCL shipping

The Less than Container Load shipping method is somewhat similar to groupage, however, here your items are packed in a custom-made wooden crate in which pieces will be relocated. After the items are placed in the lift-van, the shipment is handed over to the freight forwarder for placement in the container.

Sole Use Container

It is known that the fastest way to move from one place to another is by plane. Therefore, shipping your household goods by air freight is a convenient way to move to New Zealand if you need your items quickly and with minimum wait time. Your cargo will arrive in New Zealand in a matter of days. Choose one of the following shipment sizes when moving to New Zealand:

20 ft Container
40 ft Container
40 ft High-Cube
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Door to Port vs. Door to Door Moving

There are two shipping methods available when moving to New Zealand:

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Door to Port

This term refers to a shipping method where your moving company is responsible to transport your household goods from your home to one of the ports that are in close proximity to the relocation city. For those choosing door-to-port service, moving to New Zealand will allow the customer/shipper to import items that fall under the restricted category by personally presenting required permits during customs clearance.

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Door to Door

When shipping door-to-door, the moving company will arrange the packing, transportation and shipment of your goods directly to your new home in New Zealand. Moreover, movers will unpack and assemble the furniture and appliances for you. The door-to-door method fits best for those who want to work with only one international moving company for the whole overseas moving process.

Moving household goods to New Zealand

Customs Regulations
Restricted and Dutiable Items
Prohibited Items
Shipping a Car to New Zealand
Moving Pets to New Zealand
Electronics in New Zealand

Customs Regulations

Foreign citizens moving to New Zealand are allowed to bring their household goods tax and duty-free, providing that it has been previously in use for at least a year and they have the following documents/status:

  1. New Zealand permanent residency / returning resident visa
  2. Australian passport
  3. Australian permanent residency / returning resident visa
  4. Valid work permit/work visa exceeding 12 months or issued by these categories: the Long Term Business Visa / Permit and the Work to Residence (Skilled Migrant).
  5. Valid Visitor’s visa for a minimum of 3 years

Import of inherited items will be a duty-free copy of the Death Certificate, Will and list of valuables provided.

It is recommended to be present in New Zealand or assign someone on your behalf to collect the shipment, otherwise, delays and customs charges could be applied.

Restricted and Dutiable Items

  • Alcohol
  • Food products
  • Bee products: honey, propolis, honeycombs, etc.
  • Animals and plants (alive and dead)
  • Tobacco (only with a permit)
  • New and unused items apart from clothes, shoes, washroom necessities, etc. may be subject to duty or tax.
  • Radio transmitting equipment
  • Medication

Refer to the New Zealand Customs Service and MAFBNZ for a detailed list of prohibited and restricted objects and items that are subject to biosecurity regulations.

Prohibited Items

  1. Ammunition
  2. Narcotics and drugs
  3. Explosives
  4. Weapons, firearms
  5. Controlled drugs, unless holding a licence from the Ministry of Health.
  6. Endangered species/ CITES ( only allowed with approval)
  7. Explosives ( must gain a permit from Environmental Protection Authority)
  8. Hazardous substances
  9. Materials with pornographic content
  10. Products and materials manufactured using prison labour
  11. Radioactive substances
  12. Some food products: meat, honey, dairy, egg, etc.

Shipping a Car to New Zealand

Any vehicles that are being imported to New Zealand for personal use are tax-free provided that the owner holds required immigration documents, lived outside New Zealand and used the vehicle for one year prior to the move.

When moving a car to New Zealand, it becomes subject to biosecurity requirements and is examined upon arrival. Your vehicle must be well-cleaned prior to shipping to New Zealand, otherwise will be sent for re-inspection with additional charges applied. Moving a car to New Zealand requirements:

  1. Must meet the requirements of the New Zealand Department of Transport vehicle standard
  2. Vehicle must be deep cleaned, fumigated ( for particular countries) and emptied from any personal effects before shipment. Vehicles from the US must be treated with heat OR Methyl Bromide 48 hours prior to shipping
  3. Written approval is required for left-hand driven cars
  4. Purchase invoice with a cost and date
  5. Proof of ownership, service book
  6. Proof of identity
  7. Condition report

Moving Pets to New Zealand

If you plan to move pets to New Zealand, you might be required to pay some fees and duties depending on where you are coming from and the kind of animal you are bringing. Another important factor is whether your pet meets specific health standards, otherwise, the entry could be denied. Pet could be sent to a quarantine facility during the clearance that will be paid by the owner.

Electronics in New Zealand

Be mindful when moving to New Zealand that their appliances operate on 230v with an I plug type that is similar to the one in Australia.

Customs Forms

Here we have collected all the necessary forms and documents you will need in order to import your personal effects into New Zealand. In addition please check if you need any additional documents/forms on the official Border New Zealand Website

Hercules Moving Company - Australia Customs Bringing Personal Household Goods into New Zealand - Form NZCS 218 Form PDF
Bringing Personal Household Goods into New Zealand - Form NZCS 218
Hercules Moving Company - Australia Customs Bringing General Items into New Zealand - Form NZCS 263 Form PDF
Bringing General Items into New Zealand - Form NZCS 263
Hercules Moving Company - Australia Customs Bringing a Pet or Other Animal - Form NZCS 231 Form PDF
Bringing a Pet or Other Animal - Form NZCS 231

How We Work

We could have wrote 100 beautiful words here - but instead take a look on how we move below
Crating & Taxidermy
Fine Art Moving
Fragile Packing
Furniture Handling
Furniture Protection

Hercules can build custom measured crates and containers to meet your specific long distance shipping needs. If you are moving, and have a taxidermy collection, the experts at HMC can help. Our crateless system is effective for securing any type or size of trophy.

Hercules goes the extra mile to ensure that all of your most valuable art is protected. Expert wrapping and packaging methods start the highest quality moving & packing materials. Our mover training program ensures that every team has an expert who can safely pack any item so it arrives in the same condition it left.

To avoid damage to fragile items during a long-distance move to your new residence, office or storage unit Hercules will use all the right materials and implement the proper packing techniques for maximum protection.

With the right training and proper equipment, your furniture will be handled safely in any situation.

Not all furniture is the same size. Hercules uses various materials to prepare furniture for moving: moving blankets, cardboard, bubble wrap, or alligator wrap. HMC movers and packers will pack your furniture the right way.

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Packing Options

Based on our customers needs we have created 3 Packing Packages you can choose from, it is also fine if you pack yourself.
$14 - $300
Selected Items Packing
Great for people who want to pack themselves, however wish not to risk for valuables
  • Flat Screen TVs
  • Art / Statues
  • Antique Furniture
  • High Value Items
from $500
Full Packing
Get an all-inclusive service, you wouldn’t even dream about doing something
  • Kitchen Packing
  • Closets Packing
  • Knick-Knacks Packing
  • Packing of Everything Else
$300 - $900
Fragile-only Packing
Great for people with a lot of crockery, glass cabinets or just fragile items
  • Glass/Fragile Furniture Packing
  • Extra Fragile Items Crating
  • Pictures Packing
  • Kitchen Packing
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Why Choose

Hercules Moving Company?

Besides the standard coverage we do provide the Replacement Value Protection plan for our clients. The charge is dependant on the value of the items to be moved. Hercules Moving Company is 100% Bonded & Insured.
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Assembly Disassembly
We know how hefty and hard could be the moving day, and dismantling and assembling the furniture not the pleasant things to do when you are tired. We have you covered, and can put all furniture together quick & with no damage.
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Dedicated Coordinator
When you become our client, you become part of our family! Every client assigned a moving concierge, anything you need from charges explanation to organizing the supplies delivery or debris removal, just inquire your moving coordinator.
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Packing Materials
Every single move includes the protection via Heavy Duty Moving Blankets & Stretch Wrap. However, we also carry great variety of materials, virtually for any piece of furniture. We also offer custom crating/packaging solution.
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Free On-Site Estimate
We understand that you might not have time, or your property is too large for the phone conversation. We provide both Physical & Virtual on-site estimates, for your convenience.
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Upfront & Transparent
We tend to provide as much accurate estimates as possible. At the same time we will inform you on potential charges that might happened in certain situations. If you have a question, just give us a call at (844) 462-6683.
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What Clients say About Us

Anastasiya Mamayeva

These guys are amazing. They are fast and reliable. They are reasonably priced compared to other big companies. They moved 3br appt on a very short notice with no extra charge. All my furniture arrived in the same condition as before the move. I would definitely recommend them!

Candice Singlair

These Guelph movers were the nicest movers and so efficient. I highly recommend them to anyone. Even my interior designer complimented them. Thanks Hercules.

We moved a piano with Hercules office movers from an old apartment in Ottawa last week. The piano was precious for our family and movers had treated it as responsibly as we expected. Thank you for careful work and attention to details.

Professional and hardworking. I’ve used them many times and would highly recommend for storage Toronto services and moving services! They’re the best in Toronto.

Matt Singer

I used Hercules Moving to move a piano from my basement to a purchaser. They were very professional, packaged the piano carefully, put down mats on flooring and removed it very efficiently. I'd recommend these guys for any moving needs for sure!!

Hercules moved my piano from an old bungalow to the second floor of my place. At the old house, there was tricky stairs and front yard fence to navigate. At the new place, there was a tall set of stairs which they had to move this heavy piano up. It definitely looked exhausting, but they did a great job and I'm very happy with their service.

If you still in doubt of what piano movers in Toronto to choose - hope you read my review :) Hercules Movers did an excellent job of relocating a grand piano from a music school to my house and additionally advised me a professional piano tuner. Extra care service, friendly and skilled movers, which were extremely accurate and protected the piano as well as floors, walls and stairs.

You guys were totally amzing, I had hired two other piano movers prior and both companies had difficulties moving the piano. But your crew had no difficulties. They were very carful, fast clean and so nice to talk too. I did post pictures on Face Book and people wanted your number from me. I will highly recommend you GREAT JOB.Thank You

Gentle Giant

We initially hire Hercules to move our piano, but after our bad experience with our previous mover we hire them for our 2nd move with our entire household content. They were efficient, helpful and most importantly stronger than over mover. They blanketed old furniture and disassembled and reassembled the furniture back in place. They were accommodating and had stair mats and cover on the floor so that we didn't have to do major clean up after the move. We really appreciated their patience in positioning our grand piano into the exact angle we needed in the room. I will recommend them. My elderly mother also hired them and they took care of her move as well. She really appreciated the hassle free experience.

Discipleof Christ

The Hercules moving crew did an amazing, fantastic job in moving my mother's upright piano. The two brothers crew are incredibly strong, expedient, courteous, and professional. The company gave the best quote, the fastest appointment booking, and was the most polite when compared to all the other piano moving companies I called in Toronto and the GTA. I absolutely recommend this company for anyone who needs to have their piano and/or heavy objects moved.

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