International Shipping to New Zealand
All you need to know for shipping to New Zealand from the UK, including how to get an immediate shipping cost quote online.
If you need to ship personal effects or household goods to New Zealand, you’re in the right place.
Whether you are a UK migrant shipping your whole house, or a New Zealand expat returning home with a few boxes and suitcases, PSS will manage and coordinate the whole process for you.
PSS has been shipping to New Zealand from the UK for over 40 years, and after all these years of performing international shipments, our priorities never waiver; to provide customers with outstanding service and affordable shipping costs from the UK to New Zealand.
Our overseas shipping to New Zealand service is intended to make your transition to life in New Zealand as trouble-free as possible. It doesn’t matter if you are shipping a few boxes or your entire household contents and a car, our professional teams fully organise your UK to New Zealand shipment – including customs and assistance with documents!
Shipping your belongings to New Zealand is easy with PSS
Home Survey or Quote
Get an online quote in 60 seconds or book a FREE home survey.
Help and Advice
Your dedicated Account Manager can help answer your questions and tailor your shipping requirements.
Quick and easy collection and shipping
Whether you are shipping boxes or furniture, choose either our self-packing or professional packing service.
Customs clearance & delivery to your new home
On arrival our agents will take care of customs clearance and deliver to your door.
“Why choose PSS International in 2022?”
- Free home or video survey
- Independent, family run business with 40 years of experience
- We only handle overseas removals & international shipping
- Members of BAR Overseas Group
- Protection by the BAR Advance Payment Guarantee Scheme
- FIDI Global Alliance (Worldwide Moving Association)
- FAIM Accredited (Removal Quality Assurance Standard)
Shipping to New Zealand from the UK
From the instant you let us know your interest, you are assigned a move coordinator to manage your UK to NZ shipping from a pre-home survey, right through to the unloading of your moving boxes.
Our experience as the UK’s leading personal shipping service means we have what it takes to move the belongings of families, expats, travellers or students to New Zealand, while making the whole process as smooth as possible.
We cover every New Zealand city and region, so no matter where you are heading in New Zealand, we’ll get your belongings there safely.
Some of the most popular towns and cities for our New Zealand shipping service include:
Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton, Dunedin, Rotorua, Napier, Tauranga, Nelson, Palmerston South, Palmerston North and Hastings.
International Shipping is made easy with PSS. We will provide you with a dedicated moves manager who will answer any questions about the process including customs clearance and documentation.
Our International Shipping services include storage facilities if required. This can be used if you are planning to ship items at a later date for example.
You can also use our packing materials to ship your goods. Our export wrapping team will make sure your goods are fully secure when shipping to New Zealand.
What does our international shipping service to New Zealand include?
- Door-to-door shipping service
- Free home/video survey
- Part or full load container removal service
- Dedicated Move Manager
- Help with documentation
- Export quality packing materials
- Choice of self-pack or professional packing service
- Advice on customs requirements
- Use of recognised accredited shipping lines
- Storage in UK or New Zealand if required
- Shipping Boxes, luggage and vehicles.
Our New Zealand shipping services include a free home survey. Our home survey or video survey will provide you with an accurate quote and will provide you with helpful advice about shipping your items to New Zealand.
For large shipping it is recommended to use a home survey in person – however, you can conduct a video survey remotely on your phone.
You can use Sea Freight or Air Freight for shipping to New Zealand. Air Freight will be the quicker service to New Zealand, whereas Sea Freight will be the cheaper service.
Shipping to New Zealand Reviews
Shipping to New Zealand cost calculator
Want to know how it will cost to move house to New Zealand? Our free online shipping to New Zealand cost calculator will help you calculate the volume of household goods you want to ship and provide you with an estimate of the cost.
With PSS you will receive a cost-effective New Zealand shipping service and save money.
The Ultimate Guide to Shipping to New Zealand
Below are answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions about shipping to New Zealand.
What size Shipping Container do I need for New Zealand?
Whether you require full or shared-container shipping to New Zealand depends on the quantity or combined dimensions of your items.
Shared Shipping Containers to New Zealand (Groupage)
For small moves, we load items into a shared shipping container from the UK to New Zealand alongside the boxes of other PSS customers, this is also known as our groupage service.
Part-load container shipping (sometimes called LCL – Less than Container Load) is an easy way to send a single box of clothing or personal goods and sports equipment, smaller furniture items, or household contents from a single room up to a small flat. You will only pay for the space you use.
Full-Load Container Shipping from the UK to New Zealand
For larger loads to send to New Zealand, our sole-use container shipping to New Zealand, also known as Full Container Load (FCL), is the most beneficial shipping option.
For those sending a large family home of furniture and personal items, PSS can provide a 20ft or 40ft shipping container intended for your sole use. The cost of container shipping to New Zealand from the UK is then calculated based on the size of the shipping container used.
Our 20ft and 40ft shipping containers have plenty of space, and it is up to you how you fill that container. A standard 20 ft shipping container is large enough for the contents of the average three bedroom house. Whereas a 40 ft shipping container is usually big enough to fit the goods of a 4 bedroom house and car.
The quoted cost includes a full, professional packing service.
Another advantage of having your own sole use shipping container, is that it leaves immediately on the next available ship bound for New Zealand. There is no waiting around for other customers to fill the container.
How Much Does Shipping to New Zealand Cost from the UK in 2022?
How Long Does Shipping From UK to New Zealand Take?
Shipping times to New Zealand can vary. Shipping groupage in a shared container takes longer than shipping a full container load as different customers shipments need to be consolidated to fill one container.
|Port in New Zealand||Full Container Load (FCL)||Shared Container (Groupage)|
|North Island including Auckland, Wellington, Tauranga & Napier.||7-10 weeks||8 -12 weeks|
|South Island including Chirstchurch, Nelson, Dunedin and Invercargill.||7-10 weeks||8 -12 weeks|
NB: These are approximate sea freight shipping times to ports in New Zealand only. You will need to allow additional time for customs clearance and final delivery to your destination.
How Long Does Air Freight Shipping to New Zealand take from the UK?
For sending excess baggage or boxes to New Zealand by air freight allow approximately 7 – 14 days.
Do I Need Maritime Shipping Insurance or Shipment Protection Cover to New Zealand?
It is highly advisable to take out maritime shipping insurance or shipment protection cover before you ship your personal effects or household goods to New Zealand.
Although it is unlikely to experience problems when shipping items from the UK to New Zealand, it is still smart to have shipment protection cover when sending goods overseas, especially for items of significant financial value.
PSS International offers very flexible Shipment Protection Plans. You can cover your whole shipment or choose the individual items you wish to cover.
Your PSS Move Manager will explain the different options available to you and guide you through completing the Shipment Protection Valuation form.
Customs Guide for shipping personal effects to New Zealand
If you meet the criteria below you may be able to import your belongings without paying any duty or tax. However, other fees and charges from NZ MPI may still apply.
For more details we recommend you read our FIDI Customs Guide for New Zealand and speak to our team.
- Household goods imported by returning New Zealanders are admitted free of duty and GST provided they have resided outside New Zealand for more than 21 months and that the goods have been owned and used overseas by them.
- Household goods imported by migrants are admitted free of duty and GST where the migrant holds a permanent residency visa, a “work to residence” visa or a work permit (valid for at least 12 months) in their passport upon arrival of the goods in New Zealand. The goods must have been owned and used overseas prior to importation.
- The owner of the goods must be in New Zealand upon importation to qualify for duty and GST free entry, or within 6 months of arrival of the goods against payment of a monetary bond (Minimum NZ$500). If the owner does not arrive within 6 months any bond paid is forfeited and an additional processing fee will apply.
What Can/Can't I Ship to New Zealand?
New Zealand has unique flora and fauna and so has stringent biosecurity to protect the environment.
New Zealand, therefore, has an uncompromising list of items that are either prohibited or on restricted entry into the country, which you should observe before your consignment is shipped.
Also, you must ensure that you thoroughly clean any outdoor items before shipping.
What Items are prohibited to Ship to New Zealand?
- Weapons disguised as any other object
- Weapons such as butterfly knives, flick knives, swordsticks, knuckle-dusters
- Objectionable material on videotapes, films, records, CD-ROMs, magazines etc.
- Equipment used for the consumption of cannabis or methamphetamine
- Anything planned for use as part of a crime
Restricted imports to New Zealand where pre-approval may be required are:
- Ivory in all forms, including carvings and jewellery
- All meat or food derived from dolphins, whales, cranes, pheasants and sea turtles
- Tortoise or sea turtle shell jewellery and ornaments
- Carvings and products made from or with whalebone or bones from marine animals
- Cat skins
- Medicine containing musk, or tiger or rhinoceros derivatives i.e. bone or horn
- Carnivorous plants
- Live species including hawks, owls, eagles, parrots, cacti, orchids, cycads and cyclamens
- Trophies of all big cats, rare reptiles, sea turtles, cranes, pheasants, bears, deer and antelope
Artwork and Antiques
If you have antiques valued at NZD$1000 or above you will need an import declaration. You can import antiques over 100 years old free of duty if you can provide a Certificate of Antiquity.
Shipping Tools / Toolbox to New Zealand
Shipping your tools to New Zealand from the UK is recommended as you may find them quite expensive to replace. All types of types of tools can be taken to New Zealand including building, garden, plumbing and carpentry tools. It is important to ensure your work tools are thoroughly cleaned to avoid any problems with customs.
You can ship a box of tools cheaply by sea freight with your other personal items or if you need them urgently for work we offer a cost effective air freight service.
The cost of shipping tools to New Zealand is calculated based on volume and for air freight also weight.
Most UK power tools will work fine in New Zealand but speak to our team about requirements for shipping batteries as there are different rules for air and sea freight.
To get a quote or cost for shipping tools to New Zealand use the cost calculator on this page.
What type of shipping company should I use?
When exporting sentimental items or expensive furniture overseas, you need to have full confidence in the international shipping company you choose. There are some key pointers to look for that can help determine the best global shipping companies to New Zealand.
Accreditations and associations are the best indicators of how trusted a company is within the industry and how safe their services are. PSS’ continued efforts and dedication to shipping to New Zealand from the UK is echoed in our memberships and achievements:
- FAIM Accredited – the only globally recognised independent quality assurance standard for the international moving industry.
- FIDI Global Alliance Members – providing customers with the same superior standards in New Zealand as in the UK.
- British Association of Removers Members – the leading British quality standard and ensures customers financial protection with the BAR Advance Payment Guarantee Scheme.
- Movers Trading Club (MTC) – Members of this organisation join together to negotiate the best service and shipping rates with leading international shipping companies. Members are therefore able to offer lower shipping rates to customers.
PSS International Shipping Services to New Zealand
We offer a full menu of shipping options to New Zealand, whether you are sending personal items, furniture, extra boxes, pets or vehicles, our New Zealand movers have a solution ready and waiting for you:
Shipping Personal Effects to New Zealand from the UK
Shipping personal effects from the UK to New Zealand is simple with PSS. We send personal items to New Zealand for countless customers each year, from clothing and shoes, makeup and toiletries, to sports equipment, tech, musical instruments and beyond, your shipping options are limitless.
Shipping Furniture and Household Goods to New Zealand
Shipping household goods to New Zealand is a PSS speciality. Using our freight services and industry expertise, PSS can ship furniture of any weight, dimensions and any quantities from the UK to destinations across New Zealand.
Our team of experienced international packers will ensure your items are carefully export wrapped and packed for their journey.
The best way to get started for our international furniture shipping service is to book a free home or video survey so we can give you an accurate quote.
Shipping Excess Baggage & Unaccompanied Luggage from the UK to New Zealand
Using PSS to ship boxes, luggage, suitcases and excess baggage to New Zealand cuts out the extortionate charges issued by airline carriers and makes your journey to New Zealand more manageable by reducing the amount of luggage you have to carry.
We can supply you with a variety of box sizes or you can use your own bags/suitcases.
Whether you have one box, two suitcases or ten loads of excess baggage, our baggage shipping to New Zealand is an ideal service!
Shipping Boxes to New Zealand from UK
If you only have small items to ship to New Zealand, we recommend our box shipping service. Your boxes will be shipped along those with other customers in a shared container (Groupage) so you only pay for the space you use.
We can supply a variety of box and carton sizes including packing and wrapping materials such as bubble wrap. We also have custom cartons for items such as bicycles.
Shipping Cars and Vehicles to New Zealand
PSS provides a range of shipping options to make car shipping to New Zealand feasible – regardless of your vehicle. Whether you want to send a car to New Zealand in a container of its own or alongside personal and household items, our New Zealand vehicle shipping options make it possible.
In addition to shipping cars we can assist with shipping all kinds of other vehicles to New Zealand including motorcycles, bikes, caravans, motorhomes and boats.
Shipping Pets, Dogs and Cats to New Zealand
Pet shipping to New Zealand can be daunting for any pet owners and pet relocation is a very specialised service. We, therefore, work with trusted partners for transporting animals from UK to New Zealand. Whether you want to take your cat or dog to NZ, you can entrust PSS and our partners to relocate them safely.
Shipping Parcels and Small Packages to New Zealand
For small parcels and packages, it is probably best to use Royal Mail especially for less than 2kg. For larger or multiple boxes you can save by using a personal shipping service like that from PSS.
Shipping Goods and Freight to New Zealand
At PSS International we specialise in personal shipping services for people moving or relocating to New Zealand.
If you wish to ship commercial or non-personal items to New Zealand then it is best to contact a freight-forwarder.
Express Air Freight and Fast shipping from UK to New Zealand
If you need to ship items to New Zealand quickly then we recommend our priority Express Air Freight Service.
This takes about 7 – 14 days and is ideal if you wish to send some boxes or bags of personal belongings to arrive ahead of your household container.
It is also commonly used by tradesmen wishing to ship tools to New Zealand so they can begin work immediately on arrival.
Packing your Items for Shipping to New Zealand
PSS provides two packing options, the first being a full professional packing service, or if you prefer, you can self-pack with our “You Pack, We Ship” service.
Professional Packing Service
When you opt for our professional overseas packing service, a specialist team will arrive at your home on the day of your move to pack the required items in sturdy packing materials and moving boxes ready for sending to New Zealand. For furniture we offer a full export wrapping service so that they are well protected.
We can also provide custom made wooden crates and antique wrapping for delicate items.
Our packing teams also create an inventory to ensure our customer is aware of every item that we will ship to New Zealand.
If you are only sending a small number of items in boxes or suitcases, you can opt to self-pack your belongings in the comfort of your own home. This “You Pack, We Ship” is an increasingly popular option.
We understand the importance of the safe handling and delivery of your goods to New Zealand, so we still provide all moving boxes, tea cartons and packing materials such as bubble wrap when you self-pack
Once you are ready, we’ll pick up your boxes and deliver them to your new home in New Zealand.
Where in New Zealand do you ship to?
We have regular shipments going to all the major ports in New Zealand and provide a door to door shipping service from anywhere in the UK to anywhere in New Zealand.
As we endeavour to provide you with the fastest and cheapest shipping options to New Zealand we might not always ship to the nearest port to your final destination. This especially applies if we can ship it more more quickly and cheaply via another port.
Examples of ports and cities we ship to include:
North Island, New Zealand
- Lower Hut
- Bay of Plenty
- Hawkes Bay
South Island New Zealand
- West Coast