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Moving to New Zealand from USA

There are numerous reasons for moving to New Zealand from the USA. Few places are more stunning on Earth in which to relocate to. With beautiful vistas and people who speak the language, New Zealand offers an easy transition for many Americans.

Schumacher Cargo Logistics has dedicated more than 40 years to helping individuals and families relocate to New Zealand, as well as offering international removal services to destinations such as Australia, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Read our guide on how to move to New Zealand from the USA below and start your international relocation with SCL.

How to Move to New Zealand from the USA

There are a lot of opportunities as an American moving to New Zealand from the US. This has caused an influx of American expats in the country. With so many people thinking about coming here, we compiled info on how we help complete a move. 

New Zealand Moving Services Include:

  • Door to Door full service moves
  • Enclosed storage
  • Packing and wrapping
  • Pickup and delivery to the warehouse/port from anywhere in the USA
  • Customs clearance and documentation
  • Surveys for accurate quotes of your volume
  • Flexible options to fit your budget and timeline

How Much Does Moving to New Zealand Cost?

To start your move with SCL, you need to begin with getting a quote. The cost for moving to New Zealand depends on specific factors to your shipment. Some factors that change the price are volume of goods, origin/destination, and service selected. For example, a move to NZ from LA would have a different price than a move to NZ from NY even with everything else the same. With this in mind, our international move representatives create custom quotes for all inquiries. This way, we can tailor a process that will best fit your budget and time frame.

To get a custom quote for your move, fill out our Online Quote Form today!

Moving Household Goods to New Zealand from the USA

New Zealand is in high demand among international expats and we have great groupage rates from all five company locations across the US with containers leaving every two weeks.

Our locations include Houston, Savannah, Miami, New York, New Jersey and Los Angeles. However, most clients prefer moving household goods to New Zealand from our west coast facility in Los Angeles due to the shorter sail times and lower ocean freight costs.

We offer door to door service from anywhere in the US to all cities in NZ. This service handles the move from beginning to end, so we take care of everything from the initial packing of your goods all the way to unloading in your rooms at your new home.

How Long Does Moving to New Zealand Take?

There are plenty of variables that affect the overall amount of time your move will take. In most cases, sail times, meaning time on the water from the West Coast to New Zealand will be around three weeks. From the East Coast it is usually 30 days to the base port. Generally from door to door, moving to Germany takes about 6-8 weeks, but shipments vary from shorter or longer.

*We do everything possible to meet estimates but these should serve as a guide rather than exact times.

Importing Goods to New Zealand

The import process when shipping household goods to New Zealand is an intricate process but the following information should clarify some common questions.

There are numerous factors to take into consideration regarding imports. These include concessions, allowances, immigration status, depreciation, and other factors. They can affect the amount you actually pay on the household goods you bring in.

In some instances, you may not have to pay duties or GST(goods and service tax) when moving to New Zealand from the US.

In order to qualify for duty and tax free import to New Zealand, NZ customs requires that you meet ALL the requirements:

  • Settling for the first time and have the right to residence document
  • Present when the effects are imported
  • Lived outside NZ for the previous 21 months
  • The items in question are owned by you and used before arrival
  • Goods are for personal use only

For more information regarding imports into New Zealand, visit their customs website.

Popular Destination to Relocate to in New Zealand

A majority of our customers are moving to Auckland when they choose New Zealand. We can move to most cities in the country, though our most popular destinations are listed below:

Auckland Hastings Wellington
Tauranga Hamilton Napier
Palmerston North New Plymouth Christchurch


Moving to New Zealand Auckland Panoramic Ocean View

Different Household Goods Shipping Services

  • Shared Container Service
  • Sole Use Container 20ft or 40ft

The main difference between the two services above relate to volume and overall costs. When shipping household goods to New Zealand in a shared container, you’re not only sharing the cost of the container with others, but also the destination charges as well. 

When using your own ocean freight container to move, the sail dates and arrival times may be quicker, however the costs will be more for both the shipment and destination fees. Now, if you are relocating to New Zealand with a vehicle or a full four bedroom household worth of belongings and furniture, then booking your own 20ft or 40ft container makes sense. Then you are getting the value from the whole container and are not wasting any space.

However, most people elect for the shared container when moving to New Zealand from the USA as it offers the most value for the volume. 

More Info

Fill out our Online Quote Form and start moving to New Zealand today!

For further information, call and discuss with one of our Moving Specialists at: 800 599-0190 // 562 408-6677

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Schumacher Cargo Logistics utilizes insured, secured and bonded facilities. We provide warehousing, packing, crating, trucking and loading services out of our own warehouses here in the USA - Los Angeles, Houston, Savannah, Miami, New York, and New Jersey. All other worldwide destinations are covered by our affiliated organization member companies.