Moving to NZ from Australia

How do I move my personal belongings to New Zealand?

When you need to move your furniture and other household goods to New Zealand, OSS World Wide Movers can provide safe and reliable moving & relocation services to all parts of NZ. Our professional packing and shipping service provides fast and efficient moving of your effects though customs via our NZ moving partners.
New Zealand is, and has always been, a popular and exciting destination for Australians and returning New Zealand nationals. Moving to New Zealand for lifestyle opportunities, family, to further one’s professional training, skill base, and/or career opportunities are common occurrences. For 40 years OSS World Wide Movers has been assisting individuals, business people, and Corporates, with the professional service and advice that comes from choosing a quality international moving specialist.
Choosing an international moving company will no doubt be one of the first and most important decisions you make in the relocation process. OSS World Wide Movers move thousands of Australians and New Zealanders to and from New Zealand every year. New Zealand remains  one of our busiest international removal routes. Being Australia’s only specialist international mover, OSS World Wide Movers can ensure a regularity of shipping to New Zealand that others cannot.
Coupled with the expertise and training of our staff, potential costly delays can be avoided. For your piece of mind and protection OSS World Wide Movers is a FIDI FAIM accredited company.

Can I pack my own personal effects when moving to NZ ?

If you are sending items which have been “owner packed” then they will attract more stringent inspection by Customs and MAF Biosecurity on arrival. Providing a detailed carton by carton inventory to assist Customs and Biosecurity in inspecting your effects may avoid delays. It is advisable to have your goods packed by your moving company if you are looking at sending larger consignments to ensure the clearance process can be conducted with a minimum of fuss.

Moving to NZ with Pets

Cats and dogs can be moved fairly easily between New Zealand and Australia. It is recommended to send your pet through a registered pet transportation agent who will be able to contact all the relevant agencies in New Zealand. More information about relocating pets can be found on our Moving Pets Overseas page.

Restricted and Prohibited items when moving from Australia to NZ

Herbal remedies, health supplements and homeopathic remedies that include animal or plant products. Dried flower arrangements. Items stuffed with seeds or straw. Items made of bamboo, cane, coconut or straw. All wooden items, drums, carvings, spears and masks. All items made of hair, fur, unprocessed wool, skin, feathers and bone.

Any hunting trophies or stuffed animals. Clothing and footwear used around animals, animal equipment, grooming and veterinary equipment, saddles, bridles and birdcages All outdoor, camping, sports equipment, hiking boots and other sporting footwear which could be contaminated with soil, seeds or water. Any meat, fish and shellfish. Egg products. Any milk, milk powder, butter, cheese and milk based baby foods Dried fruit and vegetables. Noodles and rice. Nuts, seeds, unpopped popcorn, herbs and spices. All seeds for planting including those commercially packaged. Dried mushrooms and fungi All plant material and items made from plants.

Electrical Goods and Compliance when moving to NZ

New Zealand appliances are manufactured to operate on 220-240 Volt AC supply which is the same as Australia. You should not expect any compatibility issues with appliances purchased and used in Australia.

New Zealand Consulate

This information will provide you with the correct guidance and may make your trip to New Zealand easier.

New Zealand High Commission Canberra, Australia

Includes contact information for the High Commission and the Consulate-General, and also a brief comment on the New Zealand-Australian relationship:

NZ Visa Information

General visa information can be found here:

NZ Passport Office

Apply for an adult New Zealand passport, a child passport, or renew an existing … you won’t need to print off forms, mail us anything or visit a Passport office:

NZ Immigration Information

New Zealand immigration information. Learn about visa requirements and how to apply for work, business, study and visitor visas:

NZ Citizenship Information

A guide to citizenship:

NZ Trade & Enterprise

Learn about exporting from New Zealand, buying New Zealand products and key investment sectors:

For your peace of mind and protection OSS World Wide Movers is a FIDI FAIM accredited company.

The following information relates to Customs requirements when moving to NZ as from March 2018 provided by FIDI
New Zealand Customs Guide By FIDI

NZ Moving Guide – Information about New Zealand

New Zealand is a unique land of breathtaking scenery that includes some of nature’s most surreal and stupendous ideas, from flightless birds to gigantic kauri trees. Superlatives abound here and visitors may struggle to adequately describe everything they see and experience.

Thrust into the world’s spotlight by the success of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the country has seen a massive surge in visitor numbers and continues to reap the benefits of this cinematic triumph; and if the country overwhelmed and wowed viewers on the big screen, it’ll leave them breathless when they arrive and explore its remote, rugged and remarkable landscape in reality.

New Zealand is deceptively diverse and complex, punching well above its weight in terms of what it can offer to both the first-time and repeat visitor. The North Island is less dramatic visually than its southern counterpart, but is home to around two thirds of the country’s inhabitants. The majority of the major urban centres are here, including the capital Wellington and the largest city Auckland, creating a vibrant and multicultural region. But nature’s still a major player, with volcanoes, swathes of forest, gushing rivers, spectacular thermal regions and a mass of outdoor activities to undertake.

The South Island, in contrast, is home to far fewer people, but boasts the country’s most spectacular scenery. Empty beaches, soaring mountain ranges, glaciers, fjords and wide-open expanses are all waiting to be discovered. Outdoor enthusiasts are really spoilt for choice, with superb tramping (hiking), cycling, climbing, white-water rafting, caving and other adrenaline-fuelled activities such as zorbing and, of course, bungee jumping on offer.

New Zealand revels in its status as a world leader for ecotourism and has developed into one of the cleanest and greenest countries in the world. There are 14 national parks throughout the country and almost a quarter of New Zealand is protected land. Home to a mass of animals and birds including the reclusive kiwi, fur seals, yellow-eyed penguins, Hooker’s sea lions, dolphins and whales, New Zealand is also a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and birdwatchers. Native trees and indigenous flora provide spectacular surrounds in which to seek out these local residents.

Pair the country’s natural traits with a cultural resurgence that’s seeing local films, literature, painting, sculpture and design gaining more and more attention, and there’s a destination that’s becoming increasingly cosmopolitan. Maori culture is thriving and the overall blend of indigenous and European culture provides a unique combination that’s worth exploring in galleries, museums and theatres across the country. Throw in some exceptional local food and world-class wine, a slow food scene, thriving café culture, and a mass of regional specialities, and there’s yet another reason to tour the country.

Essentially, New Zealand is everything a visitor could envisage and much more. Once considered a far-flung, distant backwater, the land affectionately known as Aotearoa (The Land of the Long White Cloud) in Maori, is now a sophisticated, cosmopolitan, welcoming destination for travellers of all interests. If visitors take the time to tour the country and to escape the crowds and clichés, their senses will be bombarded and they will come away with one powerful memory after another.

New Zealand Geography

New Zealand is located near the centre of the water hemisphere and is made up of two main islands and a number of smaller islands. The two main islands (the North Island, or Te Ika-a-Maui, and the South Island, or Te Waipounamu) are separated by the Cook Strait, 22 kilometres (14 mi) wide at its narrowest point. Besides the North and South Islands, the five largest inhabited islands are Stewart Island, the Chatham Islands, Great Barrier Island (in the Hauraki Gulf), d’Urville Island (in the Marlborough Sounds) and Waiheke Island (about 22 km (14 mi) from central Auckland).The country’s islands lie between latitudes 29° and 53°S, and longitudes 165° and 176°E.

New Zealand Facts

Full country name: New Zealand
Area: 268,021 sq. km
Population: 4,718,115
People: 74% Chinese 13% Malay 9% Indian 3% Others
Language: English, Maori, Samoan, French, Hindi and Northern Chinese
Religion: 74.0% European 14.9% Maori 11.8% Asian 7.4% Pacific peoples
1.2% Middle Eastern, Latin American, African 1.7% Other
Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Monarch: Elizabeth II
Prime Minister: Jacinda Ardern
Major industries: Agriculture, horticulture, fishing, forestry and mining
Major trading partners: Australia, United States, Japan, China, and the United Kingdom
Health risks: None
Time: NZST (UTC+12)
Electricity: 230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs have three angled flat pins. Most hotels provide 110-volt AC sockets (rated at 20
watts) for electric razors only.
County code: +64
Mobile Phone network: GSM 900, GSM 1800, 3G
Weights and measures: Metric with local variations

New Zealand is long and narrow (over 1,600 kilometres (990 mi) along its north-north-east axis with a maximum width of 400 kilometres (250 mi)), with about 15,000 km (9,300 mi) of coastline and a total land area of 268,000 square kilometres (103,500 sq mi) Because of its far-flung outlying islands and long coastline, the country has extensive marine resources. Its Exclusive Economic Zone, one of the largest in the world, covering more than 15 times its land area.

The South Island is the largest landmass of New Zealand, and is divided along its length by the Southern Alps. There are 18 peaks over 3,000 metres (9,800 ft), the highest of which is Aoraki / Mount Cook 3,754 metres (12,316 ft.). Fiordland’s steep mountains and deep fiords record the extensive ice age glaciation of this south-western corner of the South Island. The North Island is less mountainous but is marked by volcanism. The highly active Taupo Volcanic Zone has formed a large volcanic plateau, punctuated by the North Island’s highest mountain, Mount Ruapehu (2,797 metres (9,177 ft.)). The plateau also hosts the country’s largest lake, Lake Taupo, nestled in the caldera of one of the world’s most active super volcanoes.

New Zealand has a mild and temperate maritime climate (Köppen: Cfb) with mean annual temperatures ranging from 10 °C (50 °F) in the south to 16 °C (61 °F) in the north. Historical maxima and minima are 42.4 °C (108.32 °F) in Rangiora, Canterbury and −25.6 °C (−14.08 °F) in Ranfurly, Otago. Conditions vary sharply across regions from extremely wet on the West Coast of the South Island to almost semi-arid in Central Otago and the Mackenzie Basin of inland Canterbury and subtropical in Northland. Of the seven largest cities, Christchurch is the driest, receiving on average only 640 millimetres (25 in) of rain per year and Auckland the wettest, receiving almost twice that amount.

Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch all receive a yearly average of more than 2,000 hours of sunshine. The southern and south-western parts of the South Island have a cooler and cloudier climate, with around 1,400–1,600 hours; the northern and north-eastern parts of the South Island are the sunniest areas of the country and receive about 2,400–2,500 hours. The general snow season is about early June until early October in the South Island. It is less common on the North Island, although it does occur.

New Zealand Culture

Early Maori adapted the tropically based east Polynesian culture in line with the challenges associated with a larger and more diverse environment, eventually developing their own distinctive culture. Social organisation was largely communal with families (whanau), subtribes (hapu) and tribes (iwi) ruled by a chief (rangatira) whose position was subject to the community’s approval. The British and Irish immigrants brought aspects of their own culture to New Zealand and also influenced Maori culture, particularly with the introduction of Christianity. However, Maori still regard their allegiance to tribal groups as a vital part of their identity, and Maori kinship roles resemble those of other Polynesian peoples. More recently American, Australian, Asian and other European cultures have exerted influence on New Zealand. Non-Maori Polynesian cultures are also apparent, with Pasifika, the world’s largest Polynesian festival, now an annual event in Auckland.

The largely rural life in early New Zealand led to the image of New Zealanders being rugged, industrious problem solvers. Modesty was expected and enforced through the “tall poppy syndrome”, where high achievers received harsh criticism. At the time New Zealand was not known as an intellectual country. From the early 20th century until the late 1960s Maori culture was suppressed by the attempted assimilation of Maori into British New Zealanders. In the 1960s, as higher education became more available and cities expanded urban culture began to dominate. Even though the majority of the population now lives in cities, much of New Zealand’s art, literature, film and humour has rural themes.

Religion in New Zealand

New Zealand is nominally Christian, with Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Presbyterian denominations being the largest. In the 2006 Census, 55.6 percent of the population identified themselves as Christians, while another 34.7 percent indicated that they had no religion (up from 29.6 percent in 2001) and around 4 percent affiliated with other religions.

The main Christian denominations are Anglicanism (14.8 percent), Roman Catholicism (13.6 percent), Presbyterianism (10.7 percent) and Methodism (5 percent).

There are also significant numbers of Christians who identify themselves with Pentecostal, Baptist, and Latter-day Saint churches. According to census figures, other significant minority religions include Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam.

The indigenous Maori tend to be associated with Presbyterian and Latter-day Saint churches, but the census showed that the New Zealand-based Ringatuand Ratana religions had experienced considerable growth.

Language in New Zealand

English is the predominant language in New Zealand, spoken by 98 percent of the population. New Zealand English is similar to Australian English and many speakers from the Northern Hemisphere are unable to tell the accents apart. The most prominent differences between the New Zealand English dialect and other English dialects are the shifts in the short front vowels: the short-”i” sound (as in “kit”) has centralised towards the schwasound (the “a” in “comma” and “about”); the short-”e” sound (as in “dress”) has moved towards the short-”i” sound; and the short-”a” sound (as in “trap”) has moved to the short-”e” sound. Hence, the New Zealand pronunciation of words such as “bad”, “dead”, “fish” and “chips” sound like “bed”, “did”, “fush” and “chups” to non-New Zealanders.

After the Second World War, Maori were discouraged from speaking their own language (te reo Maori) in schools and workplaces and it existed as a community language only in a few remote areas. It has recently undergone a process of revitalisation, being declared one of New Zealand’s official languages in 1987, and is spoken by 4.1 percent of the population.

There are now Maori language immersion schools and two Maori Television channels, the only nationwide television channels to have the majority of their prime-time content delivered in Maori. Many places have both their Maori and English names officially recognised. Samoan is one of the most widely spoken languages in New Zealand (2.3 percent), followed by French, Hindi, Yue and Northern Chinese. New Zealand Sign Language is used by about 28,000 people. It was declared one of New Zealand’s official languages in 2006


The economy of New Zealand is the 53rd-largest national economy in the world. New Zealand is primarily thought of as an agricultural country and, although the sector employs less than 10% of the workforce and contributes just 5% of GDP, it accounts for 30% of the country’s export income, primarily from wool, meat, dairy and wood products.Energy-related natural resources, principally coal but also natural gas, have been heavily developed. There are also deposits of iron, goldand silica.

Between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s, New Zealand underwent one of the most radical economic transformations of any Western industrialised country, with wholesale privatisation, abolition of subsidies, tariff barriers and corporate regulations, and dismantling of many welfare systems (although spending has risen sharply to tackle the pensions crisis afflicting the developed world). The reforms have also led to New Zealand being more dependent on foreign trade.
Like the global economy, New Zealand slipped into a recession in 2008, amid drought, high energy costs and a housing market slump.

The economy pulled out of recession late in 2009, however, and achieved 1.7% growth in 2010 and 2% in 2011. Despite this growth, trade sectors remain delicately poised.

Australia is New Zealand’s largest trading partner, and the two governments have established a completely free trading regime. New Zealand is a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the South Pacific Forum and the AsianPacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) forum.

The largest conference centres are in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. Many hotels also have facilities. There are more than 20 regional convention bureaux in New Zealand, most of which are members of Conventions and Incentives New Zealand.

Most public phones take cards purchased from bookstalls; some also accept credit cards, but very few still accept coins.

Mobile phone
Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good.

There are internet cafés in cities and town central business districts. Travellers can access the internet at many hotels and youth hostels.

Airmail to Western Europe takes four to five days and to the USA three to 10 days.

Post office hours
Mon-Fri 0900-1700 and Sat 0900-1230 in some larger towns.

New Zealand’s media scene is very liberal and the broadcasting sector was deregulated in 1988. Television stations include the stateowned Television New Zealand (Channels One, Two, Six and Seven), the private TV3 and Prime TV, and the public Maori Television. Radio broadcasters include Radio New Zealand, the Pacific Island-focused Niu FM, and the Maori-language Ruia Mai.

The English-language daily newspapers with the highest circulation include the New Zealand Herald,The Dominion Post, Otago Daily Times and The Press. For current affairs, look out for a copy of North and South. Other quality periodicals include New Zealand Geographic, New Zealand Wilderness and New Zealand Outside.