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Move to Manchester, UK with NZ's Premium Moving Company

Many Kiwis are once again looking to take the leap and move to the United Kingdom. They are receiving a warm welcome as UK employers are clamouring to get their hands on skilled workers from New Zealand.

While this new wave of departures is predominantly ‘first timers’ on working holidays or taking up longer term employment, there is also a steady stream of Kiwis, UK citizens and other nationalities relocating to Manchester.

Manchester, situated in the north-west of England, continually rates as the UK’s most liveable city in the Global Liveability Survey. A top destination for job opportunities, history, arts and culture, education, diverse neighbourhoods and plenty to keep busy with sports, and activities to to do, see and enjoy.

Your Perfect Partner for Moving to Manchester

Whether it is for only a few years or forever NZ Van Lines is the perfect partner for your forthcoming move. Every year our removals group manages the highest number of relocations in the industry, both into and out of the UK. For over 35 years we have consistently delivered quality removal services to our customers making the move to Manchester. Request a free, no obligation moving quote.

New Zealand Van Lines has been helping Kiwis relocate to Manchester and all over the United Kingdom since 1986.

Moving with NZ Van Lines

Moving individuals and families to Manchester, UK for over 35 years

After 35 years of building our UK partner network NZ Van Lines can deliver a complete ‘door to door’ service to individuals and families moving abroad to Manchester, UK.

Our service starts at home with the appointment of a dedicated Moving Consultant to assist with your international move every step of the way. This includes everything from the packing and uplift of your shipment, the preparation and lodgement of key documents right through to a full clearance and delivery service to your new Manchester residence.

Relocate to Manchester from New Zealand

Whether you’re moving with just a few items, or a full house load we treat all customers as a priority. If your consignment is a smaller one, less time sensitive or you’re on a tight budget, our shared container ‘groupage’ service is a popular option. You still receive the same personalised packing and delivery services, but only pay for your share of the container costs.

Our service includes much more than moving your household goods. We can get you there by either air or sea, or a combination of both, depending on your requirements. In addition, we provide secure storage options, (at both origin and destination) pet moving, motor vehicle and motorbike relocationsfully comprehensive marine insurance, and a range of settling in programmes at destination.

NZ Van Lines is your perfect moving partner to Manchester, UK. Request a free, no obligation moving quote to Manchester online or call us on: 0800 362 236

International Shipping to Manchester

If you are considering an international move to Manchester, 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.

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. In some instances, we can deliver your personal effects from the same container that was loaded at residence.

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. 


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 the UK. 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 UK 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.

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 the UK before or after your household goods are shipped to the United Kingdom.

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.


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.

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Frequently Asked Questions - all you need to know before moving to Manchester

This varies a great deal and depends on numerous factors, but typically we recommend providing us with two to three months notice. In some circumstances this isn’t possible, we will work in with you at short notice if necessary. Call our friendly team on: 0800 362 236

For customers moving overseas marine insurance is highly recommended, 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. Learn more.

If we’re doing all the packing, – very little – we will pack directly from cupboards and shelves. If you are doing some or all of the packing yourselves, you need to have this completed by uplift date. Our Moving Consultant will prepare a quotation outlining what has been agreed to regarding dismantling and packing furniture, noting also any items which are not to be moved. However the following rules usually apply: 

  • Washing machines should be disconnected with drum-fixing brackets in place prior to moving day
  • Attics should be emptied unless we have specifically agreed to do this for you
  • Fridges and freezers should be emptied and dried. Placement of tea bags inside such appliances will prevent unpleasant odours
  • Items not to go with the shipment, such as important paperwork (especially passports!) and keys need to be placed out of the way to avoid inadvertent packing

You can import alcohol into the UK, however you will need to declare a complete list of all bottles, depicting alcohol type and style, size of bottle (ozs. or mls), % of bottle content if bottle not full, alcoholic content of liquor as a % of volume, country of production, value. All alcoholic beverages will be subject to customs duty and GST. Beer, Wine and Spirits all attract extremely high levels of duty and GST. 

Yes, our storage facilities rank among the best in the world! 

We have over 4000 storage containers available in secure company managed facilities, across all major New Zealand cities and regions. You’ll have ‘peace of mind’ knowing that your personal effects are secured within a Customs and Quarantine bonded warehouse.

For customers requiring overseas storage, we can also provide the same service and facility standards through our worldwide network of accredited international service
partners, but it’s cheaper in New Zealand. Learn more about our storage solutions.

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.

Yes, we move a lot of motor vehicles, boats, caravans, and motorcycles and can assist with shipping your vehicle to the UK. We will either move these with our own resources or make arrangements through our network of approved service partners.

Your pets are an important part of the family so getting them safely transported to your new home is an important part of our service. Of course, they can’t be packed away with your household goods, so we have a network of approved domestic and international service partners to ensure your pets are well looked after. Please discuss this with your Move Manager.

For more advise on how to relocate your pets read our helpful guide.