Moving to New Zealand

Here at Arrowpak International we’ve been moving families, businesses and individuals, to and from New Zealand since 1979 so you can be sure you’re in good hands. Wherever you’re moving to in New Zealand our specialist team will take care of everything to make sure your move goes smoothly and your household goods arrive at your new home safe and sound.

We realise that moving to another country can be daunting, so we will always be on hand to give you the help and advice you need at every stage of the journey, from expertly packing your fragile goods to arranging transport for cars, motorbikes and even the family pet. 

Whether you’re moving to a major city or a tranquil retreat in the countryside, our experts have the local knowledge, contacts and skills to make sure your move goes smoothly and there are no delays or bureaucratic hiccups along the way.

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New Zealand

The name New Zealand is derived from a Maori term meaning 'Land of the Long White Cloud'. The country comprises two major islands, North and South Island, surrounded by a scattering of smaller ones. North Island has dramatic volcanic mountains, while South Island, also mountainous, has spectacular scenery including tranquil lakes, glaciers, and lush green forests.

New Zealand is the youngest country in the world and has a diverse and dynamic culture with European, Maori and Asian influences.  Employment prospects are good for expats with the immigration service seeking over 45,000 new migrants each year to join a wide variety of industries.

Those relocating to New Zealand can look forward to a high standard of living, friendly people and the opportunity to enjoy a great outdoor lifestyle of both action packed and laid back activities.

Household effects

Household and personal effects can be imported without paying duty provided you have owned them for at least one year before arrival in New Zealand. The team at Arrowpak International will provide you with the correct documentation, which you will need to complete before departure.


Cats and dogs may be imported to Australia but there are strict conditions designed to manage biosecurity risks. For the latest import conditions applicable to your cat or dog please use the link at the bottom of the page.


Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Three-pin flat blade plugs are used but are different from those in most other countries, so adapters or replacement plugs are required.

Motor vehicles

All cars and motorcycles must be granted import approval, and are subject to import duty. Changes to the vehicle may be required to make the vehicle compliant with New Zealand standards.

Driving licences

Holders of a full UK driving licence may legally drive in New Zealand for up to 12 months. After 12 months you will need to convert to a New Zealand licence. 

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