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Moving From NZ (International Move)

International shipping from New Zealand

NZ Van Lines is the country’s leading international relocation company and provide moving and shipping services to all overseas locations from New Zealand.

As New Zealand’s leading international movers we specialise in door-to-door relocation shipping of personal effects and household goods. Every year we assist thousands of individuals and families move overseas. We understand that no move is the same, therefore we tailor every relocation to suit your specific items and requirements.

NZ Van Lines have an extensive network of 13 office and warehouse facilities in: Auckland, Blenheim, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Invercargill, Nelson, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Central Otago, Tauranga, Wellington and Whangarei. We are equipped with the expertise, experience and resources to make your overseas moving experience enjoyable and stress-free.

NZ Van Lines, premium worldwide movers can deliver a complete ‘door to door’ international moving service to any corner of the globe.

#1 Shipping and Moving company

New Zealand Van Lines has developed strong relationships with partners in all major overseas destinations. These relationships are built on trust, a commitment to delivering excellent services consistently over the decades that we have been providing international moving services, through reciprocal business, and personal visits of our owner and international team to our partners’ facilities across the world, which is all wrapped up through our international accreditations and memberships of FIDI and OMNI, to deliver the security, expertise, and offer comfort for our customers relating internationally.

Shipping From New Zealand to a New Start Overseas 

In selecting overseas partners for international moves New Zealand Van Lines has no vested interest in the choice of provider at origin or destination. Our selection criteria is based on two critical aspects, proven service and price competitiveness; we only work with international movers who have an excellent reputation in the industry and the same global accreditations as ourselves. This ensures that your move is handled with the same high level of service and efficiency no matter where in the world you are moving to or from. 

Request your FREE, no obligation quotation for your international relocation today.

International Shipping

If you are considering an international move from New Zealand, NZ Van Lines will provide a seamless door-to-door process. As New Zealand’s biggest volume international mover you can be assured that NZ Van Lines has the best shipping options to meet even the tightest deadlines. 

Air Freight

Air Freight shipments are generally needed when there are specific personal effects required, within a short time frame. Many customers will have a smaller air freight shipment arriving in advance of their sea freight. This is a popular option for customers moving into longer term transit accommodation while they wait for their primary shipment, or self-employed workers setting up their home office.

Sea Freight Sole-Use Container

Sole-Use 20’ or 40’ shipping containers (full container load, FCL) are most often used for complete house loads, and in addition to shipping furniture can include additional items e.g. motor vehicles. 

Sole-Use containers are the most efficient and fastest option for a direct door-to-door service. 

Sea Freight Shared Container

Shared or Groupage Container Shipping is a popular choice, often being used for small shipments or when two to three households of personal effects can be consolidated into the same container. 

Generally, a less than container load (LCL) groupage service is very cost effective, as you only pay for the space you use. They are especially popular with less time sensitive customers.

Our international moving Services

Professional International Packing

As New Zealand’s premium worldwide moving company, our removals and packing team are the best in the industry. Our professional moving staff are trained to international packing standards, and have years of experience in export wrapping and packing, stowing, storing, and moving household goods. We will pack everything using materials that are specifically designed to protect your household effects in transit. 


NZ Van Lines will prepare a detailed inventory of all your items prior to loading; numbering, describing and labelling each item. This document key to ensuring the safe transit of your effects as it is checked and cross-checked while your shipment progresses from uplift through to delivery.

Loading and Transport

Your consignment will be loaded into a secured shipping container for shipment by sea or a customised airfreight container for transportation to Australia. NZ Van Lines will transport the consignment to the departure port / terminal.

Vehicles / Boats

Cars, motorbikes, trailers, boats etc. are received at our depot for loading, unless collection has been requested. A vehicle condition report will be completed upon arrival at our facility.

Vehicles will be secured in the container; in some instances these will be framed within the container when loaded along with household effects. Motorbikes will have custom built crates.


NZ Van Lines will prepare all the export documentation and arrange outward Customs clearance procedures, and manage payments of freight, port or terminal charges at origin and destination.


We will manage the clearance of the shipment, excluding Customs duties or taxes or any subsequent treatments ordered as a result of inspection.


Your household effects will be safely transported from the port of arrival to your residence. Please note this will be via store to meet local Customs and Quarantine inspection and clearance requirements.

Vehicles will be collected from our trusted partners facility, alternatively delivery can be arranged.


All items will be placed in the appropriate rooms in your new residence, furniture items disassembled by NZ Van Lines will be reassembled.

Items will be unwrapped and placed on a flat surface such as a bench top or table top. 

We will assist with the removal of waste packing materials following delivery.


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FIDI is the world’s largest global alliance of international moving and relocation companies, with members in over 100 countries. All FIDI affiliated companies have one thing in common: their high level of quality service - and we prove it.

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IAM (The International Association of Movers) is the moving and forwarding industry's largest global trade association. With more than 2,000 members, it comprises companies that provide moving, forwarding, shipping and logistics in over 170 countries.


OMNI (Overseas Moving Network International) is a network of the world's finest corporate moving and relocation companies operating on every continent. Represented worldwide by companies that have demonstrated the excellence of their service, market influence, financial security and innovation.


NZOMA (New Zealand Overseas Movers Association) is a national organisation for members who are quality accredited with a global industry specific standard, whose objectives include delivering high professional, financial, ethical, operational standards, and leadership for the New Zealand international moving industry.

international destinations



Move to australia

Are you moving to Australia from NZ? New Zealand Van Lines has been helping Kiwis ‘cross the ditch’ since 1986. We provide a range of comprehensive moving solutions to all destinations in Australia.



Move to the uk

The United Kingdom is New Zealand Van Lines’ second-largest overseas destination (behind Australia), and we are therefore proud to provide one of the most regular shared or sole-use container services to the UK available in NZ. 


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Move to the usa

Nicknamed the ‘land of opportunity’, the United States of America has always been a popular relocation destination. New Zealand Van Lines proudly offers quick, efficient and hands-on service for individuals and families moving between New Zealand and the ‘land of the free’.



Move to Canada

Whether you’re heading to Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary or the French-speaking Montreal, New Zealand Van Lines can provide a seamless door-to-door service throughout The Great White North.


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Move to asia

We have consistently delivered quality removal services to our clients making the move to China, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and everywhere in between since 1986.



Move to europe

Planning a move to Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands or another European destination? NZ Van Lines provide a one company service to Europe.


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South Africa is one New Zealand Van Lines’ most popular destinations and we are therefore proud to provide one of the most regular shared or sole-use container services to South Africa available in NZ. 


South America

Move to south america

New Zealand Van Lines’ are proud to provide regular shipping services to South America. Find out more about our quality removal services to Argentina, Brazil, Chile and everywhere in between.

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NZ Van Lines Customer Reviews

High praise for the service provided and compliments to the staff on their professionalism and helpfulness.


Excellent service and a great team of people to deal with at NZ Van lines, both in the office and on the ground when it came to uplifting our effects. Everything
was efficient and went to plan, and our effects arrived safely and on schedule in France. Highly recommend!


NZ Van Lines were a pleasure to deal with. They made the process stress-free and their team did an exceptional job with a fantastic, professional, and
flexible attitude.


In our 17 years and multiple moves to London, Hong Kong and New Zealand, you and your team have by far been the absolute best. Everything arrived in
perfect condition. The care and thoughtfulness that you and your team exhibited in arranging the pack was above and beyond. The communication was amazing.
Thank you.

Marc Holtzman

Lovely friendly team who was well run and organised getting our house items set up and delivered. Very happy with service.