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NZ Van Lines is the country's leading international moving and storage company, and one of the world's most trusted and respected brands in worldwide moving today. We provide complete moving and shipping services to Canada from New Zealand.

Whether you are moving to Canada for family, work, retirement or to experience living in a different part of the world, NZ Van Lines are the experts in international relocations and can take care of everything making the whole moving process easy!  Founded in 1986, proudly 100% NZ owned and operated, New Zealand Van Lines has been moving individuals, families, and businesses for over 35 years within Aotearoa and around the world.

NZ Van Lines #1 Moving Company to Canada

Home to 35 million people from all ethnicities and walks of life, Canada is on the up and up when it comes to popular international destinations to call home. However moving house can be very daunting – especially when moving overseas.  Whether you’re heading to Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Victoria or the French-speaking Montreal, New Zealand Van Lines can provide a complete door-to-door service throughout The Great White North. Request a free, no obligation moving quote.

Helping Kiwis relocate to Canada since 1986 

NZ Van Lines offers a comprehensive door-to-door moving service to Canada through our extensive network of branch and warehouse facilities in the following locations: Auckland, Blenheim, Christchurch, Central Otago, Dunedin, Hamilton, Invercargill, Nelson, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Tauranga, Wellington and Whangarei.

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More than 35 years’ experience in moving individuals and families to Canada

Thanks to more than 35 years’ experience we’re proud to able to provide a seamless door-to-door service. When you move with New Zealand Van Lines, a dedicated moving consultant will assist you with your international move every step of the way. Co-ordinating the packing and uplift, container loading, voyage, export and importation documentation, container unloading and delivery to your new Canadian residence. 

Our FIDI-accredited international packers, who also move the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Royal New Zealand Ballet will pack your belongings to the highest standard. Therefore you know you’re in safe hands. Of course we know moving to Canada is not just about furniture, we can also assist with your pets and vehicles.

International Shipping to Canada

If you are considering a move to Canada we 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 with regular sailings to all major ports including Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax.

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 are most often used for complete house loads, and can include additional items e.g. motor vehicles. They are the most efficient and quickest option for a direct door-to-door service. 

Sea Freight Shared Container

Shared or Groupage Containers are 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 shared container is very cost effective, as you only pay for the space you use. They are especially popular with less time sensitive customers.

Our Services

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. 

Inventory

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 Canada. 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.

Documentation

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.

Clearance

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

Delivery

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 partners facility, alternatively delivery can be arranged.

Unpacking

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.

NZ Van Lines Movers Insurance

Moving from one location to another involves navigating many challenges, and one of them is concern for the safe transport of your household goods and personal effects.

NZ Van Lines provide a complete range of marine transit insurance options, while your possessions are under our care. You will have full protection for damages, partial or total loss, from the moment our packers arrive at your home, until you take delivery and are unpacked, at your destination.

Secure storage solutions

NZ Van Lines provides a broad range of storage solutions for both short and long-term requirements. We can assist with secure and affordable options in either New Zealand or Canada before or after your household goods are shipped to Canada.

our standards and accrediations

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Moving to Canada FAQS

We recommend you give us as much notice as possible, especially when you are planning to immigrate to Canada. As a general guideline you should book your move two to three months prior to the moving out date.

For customers requiring storage overseas in Canada we can provide secure short or long term storage through our network of approved agents and affiliates.

New Zealand Van Lines have partnered with XE Money Transfer, a trusted global payment and foreign exchange specialist to provide highly competitive exchange rates and tailored currency advice to both private individuals and businesses alike. XE is the world’s trusted currency authority used by more than 300+ million people a year.

XE Money Transfer makes international payments fast, easy and highly secure.

Any New Zealand citizen that plans to live in Canada and work in Canada will need to apply for a visa. To learn more about what visa you require to move to Canada click here