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Removals to New Zealand

Are you looking to relocate to New Zealand? New Zealanders, known affectionately as ‘Kiwis’ place a strong emphasis on an outdoors lifestyle and a work-life balance. So, if you’re fed up with packed daily commuter trains and working unsociable hours, then a shift to the Pacific could be exactly what you need.

When it comes to planning your move to New Zealand you will need to think through your options carefully. Once you have secured your visas, booked flights and found a place to live the next thing to consider is what you will be taking with you and how you are going to transport it.

Packing and moving your possessions abroad is a totally different process to moving locally or in the UK. With 35 years’ experience moving people to international destinations all over the world GoodMove can assist you with all aspects of relocating your personal effects to New Zealand.

From packing for shipment to completion of customs and export documentation our move manager will guide you seamlessly through each stage of the process. Our trusted partners in New Zealand will ensure that your consignment arrives as quickly as possible and with minimum fuss.

GoodMove can also offer you short- or long-term storage should you require it. This service is frequently used by customers who intend to rent a property in New Zealand before they buy.

To find out more about any of our relocation packages or simply to submit and enquiry don’t hesitate to call our customer service team on the number listed above. Alternatively, fill out a quick quote form using the form above and we’ll get straight back to you.

Why choose GoodMove for removals to New Zealand?

Moving with GoodMove couldn’t be simpler. Our experienced and friendly team will be on hand to guide you throughout the process and will tailor your move to your time and budget.

We pack your belongings using a bespoke range of packing materials and deliver them right to your new home using our extensive fleet of vehicles. We can supply the following materials so all your items can be packed properly and avoid any damage in transit:

  • Boxes
  • Packing Paper
  • Packing Cases
  • Book Cartons
  • Packing Tape
  • Wine dividers
  • Acid free paper (for silverware)
  • Portable Wardrobes
  • Bubble Wrap

Once we ascertain the volume of effects being moved we will send you a free no obligation written quotation. If satisfied we will then provide you with a full schedule detailing every aspect of your move, ensuring everything runs smoothly on the day.

Why move to New Zealand?

Known as the ‘land of the long white cloud’ in homage to its Maori heritage and the swirling cloud formations above its many mountain ranges, glaciers and volcanoes, New Zealand is home to some of the world’s most breath-taking scenery.

The country consists of two main islands, North and South as well as Stewart Island and many other smaller complementary islands. New Zealand’s isolated location in the far-flung corners of the Pacific Ocean has historically meant much of the country has remained untouched.

In recent times this is being challenged by expats looking to leave the overcrowded UK to settle down in New Zealand. One of New Zealand’s biggest strengths in this regard is space. To put this into context, the population of New Zealand is just 4.8 million, compared to the UK’s 66 million, or London alone which is 8 million.

New Zealand is famed for its outdoors lifestyle and the country’s landscape is second to none. From mountain ranges, rolling farmlands, stunning beaches and the vast, flat Canterbury Plains, there is so much to explore. The country also benefits, from ‘Goldilocks’ weather, that is, a temperate climate that is neither too hot, nor too cold.

Kiwis believe life is for living and look to balance work equally with time for family and friends. Many expats report feeling instantly welcome regardless of whether they have come from Europe, Asia or the Pacific Islands. New Zealand is also considered to be one the safest places to work and raise a family and came second on a recent Global Peace Index.

Working in New Zealand

If you are moving to New Zealand, you will need to investigate what visas you and any family members will require.

New Zealand has a range of visa options depending on whether you want to work, study or invest.

Choosing the best option for your circumstances will likely depend on how long you want to stay, if there is a shortage of your skillset and whether you are coming with a partner or family.

Resident visas generally allow you to live and work in New Zealand indefinitely and access most publicly funded services.

The Skilled Migrant Category uses a points system based on factors such as age, work experience, your qualifications, and an offer of skilled employment to determine eligibility.

The economy has remained largely unaffected by the global downturn. There are many job openings for specialists in industries such as medicine, engineering and IT but there are also opportunities to contribute more generalist skills.

As mentioned above, Kiwis place a heavy emphasis on work-life balance and working conditions are more relaxed than the UK. The vast majority work 40 hours per week, but flexitime is becoming increasingly more popular.

Employers are also very sympathetic to the needs of employees who have families and annual leave is normally 5 weeks per year, excluding public holidays.

Buying and renting property in New Zealand

Overseas people are as a rule, excluded from purchasing property in New Zealand. The rules for buying or building property were changed recently so that only residents and citizens can buy homes to live in.

This is not to say, however that you will be excluded from buying forever, just that you will have to follow the route to becoming a resident. Much will depend on what visa you have, with other investment opportunities still available.

It is usually best therefore to start off by renting. That way you can take time seeing what is available and where you would like to live before you make a commitment.

Property is very varied and will be dependent on your personal circumstances. Options include suburban homes with large gardens, beach side properties, plots of land in the country and stylish city apartments and townhouses.

Wherever you choose, you can rest assured that you won’t spend half your life commuting.

Rents continue to rise in the big cities such as Auckland where there is huge demand for rental accommodation. As a result, most choose to rent in the suburbs or further afield, where rent is cheaper and there is more space.

Currently, the average purchase price for property in New Zealand is NZ$ 550,000 (£275,000).

As a guide, the weekly rent for a three-bedroom unfurnished apartment ranges from NZ$ 485 (£242) outside of the city centre to NZ$ 665 (£332) in the centre.

Education in New Zealand

New Zealand has an excellent reputation for providing good quality education.

In recent years it has become a popular choice for international students looking for a decent but affordable education overseas. All eight of the country’s universities appear in the top 500 QS World University Rankings,  and five are in the top 300.

School is compulsory for children aged 6 to 16 years with plenty of further, higher and vocational education opportunities. In contrast to the UK, the vast majority of primary and secondary schools are state-run and free.

Parents entering the country on a temporary visa will need to apply for a student visa for each of their children. This visa will allow each child access to free education within the public-school system.

In terms of nursery and pre-school education, the government full funds the first 20 hours of early childhood education.

Expats moving short-term, are able to send their children to one of New Zealand’s various international schools.

These schools offer the International Baccalaureate and the IGCSE/A-Level qualifications, all recognised in the UK. Bare in mind however, that as these are not state-funded, fees are often very high.

Healthcare in New Zealand

Getting seen by a doctor is usually easy (unless you live in a small town or somewhere very remote), and healthcare is quite affordable and of a very high international standard.

Under the public healthcare system, essential healthcare services are provided for all New Zealanders and people residing in New Zealand on a work permit valid for two years or longer.

It is worth checking with your employer if you are being sponsored to see whether they offer you a private healthcare plan as part of your relocation package.

Private healthcare in New Zealand is comprehensive. It includes specialist services, primary care and private hospitals which provide non-urgent and elective treatments.

These services complement the public health service’s focus on urgent and essential treatments.

There are also access to many private accident, emergency and medical clinics. These provide services outside the usual hours of doctors and clinics in the public system.

Travel in New Zealand

Public transport in the main cities is easy to use, reliable and affordable. It mainly consists of buses, trains and ferries with some cities such as Auckland also offering tram services.

Outside of the main cities, the public transport network is nowhere near as extensive or regular. As such, many people living in the rural areas of the country rely on cars as the main form of transportation.

You can drive in New Zealand using your UK driver’s license. However, you may only do so for a maximum period of 12 months from the date of your arrival.

Following this you must apply to the New Zealand Transport Agency for a domestic license.

Currency

New Zealand’s unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$). All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand, with Visa and MasterCard accepted most widely.

You won’t struggle to find an ATM in New Zealand. However, most banks charge a foreign transaction fee and an ATM access fee on every ATM withdrawal. Local ATM operators may also charge fees.

Shipping my effects to New Zealand

The whole moving experience can be incredibly stressful, especially so when relocating abroad.

Goodmove, has over 35 years’ of experience moving people to destinations all over the world including Australia and New Zealand.

We can arrange a free no obligation home survey and quotation to be carried out by one of our qualified surveyors. They will be able to answer any of the questions and concerns you may have and offer advice where necessary.

The purpose of the survey is to determine the volume of effects you will be shipping. The cost of shipment is based on the space your effects will take up in the container.

Following the visit, you will receive a free written, no obligation quotation.

Export packing for UK removals to New Zealand

Rest assured that with GoodMove your possessions will be treated with the utmost respect an care throughout your door-to-door service. Our experienced teams located across the UK will pack and prepare your valuable, fragile and bulky furniture ready for export.

We use a modern range of environmentally friendly, purpose-made packing materials and can pack everything for you prior to your move. All china and glassware will be wrapped in special paper and then packed in double-thickness cartons.

Furniture can be wrapped in bubble blanket for extra protection. Items requiring specialist care, such as antiques, can be packed in made-to-measure wooden crates.

Upon arrival at your residence in New Zealand, our trusted agents will deliver your belongings and place boxes and furniture in appropriate rooms as directed. They will then unpack your belongings onto flat surfaces and dispose of all packing materials.

Storage services

You may find you need to store some or all of your possessions for a period of time prior to moving abroad. If so, GoodMove has storage facilities at all of its branch depots across the UK. Our depots offer secure containerised storage in personal dedicated storage containers.

All our warehouses are clean, dry, secure and accredited to European standard BS EN 14873. Just speak to our surveyor for further information.

Our partners in New Zealand can also offer you storage. You may be renting for a while and may not need all of your effects to be delivered immediately. If so, you can arrange for certain items to be delivered and once settled in your new home, the rest can follow. Please note that storage rates may apply.

Contacting GoodMove

For further information on our removals service to New Zealand, or any other international destination, contact our international office on the number listed above. Alternatively, complete the form below with your details and we will contact you.

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