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Moving to New Zealand from Australia

Moving to New Zealand from Australia? We make it easy.

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Moving to New Zealand

New Zealand continues to be a popular and exciting destination for many moving families and individuals. Whether you are moving to New Zealand for the magnificent lifestyle, family, and/or career opportunities, Wridgways will ensure you and your precious belongings arrive safe and sound. We move thousands of Australians and New Zealanders to and from New Zealand every year! New Zealand remains one of our busiest international moving locations and having safely moved individuals and families household items around the world since 1892, your move is in our very capable hands.

We’re here to help! Move to New Zealand with complete peace of mind. Enjoy a complete door-to-door service from an experienced and professional international team.

Contact us today or get a FREE quote for your move to New Zealand.

Moving to Australia from New Zealand? Contact our partners, New Zealand Van Lines!

Wridgways Complete Moving Service to New Zealand

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Moving to New Zealand or anywhere overseas requires careful planning and preparation. Knowing when to go, what to take, and how to get there can be difficult without the right assistance. That’s where Wridgways come in – contact us before you start making arrangements, you will be pleasantly surprised at how much of the process we can handle. We offer a comprehensive range of professional services to anyone moving overseas to New Zealand.

Take away the hassle and stress of moving by allowing Wridgways to manage all aspects of your international move. From the professional packing to managing the secure transport of your household treasures, as well as insurance, customs and quarantine clearance, and even unpacking your cartons at the other end – we have it all covered! We specialise in transporting not only your personal possessions and vehicles across the Tasman but your much-loved pets too.

We are happy to assist with the numerous other aspects you might face when moving overseas, like as purchasing or renting a home; arranging passports and visas; school search programs for the kids and more.

Prompt and Secure Sea Freight and Air Freight Delivery

Shipping to New Zealand

Via all the main ports Wridgways provide a complete door-to-door moving service to Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington, in fact anywhere in New Zealand. Offering a range of air freight and sea freight transport options, we tailor each relocation based on your time constraints and individual budget. We have the capacity to handle any size move, from a few items to a large family home; your goods will be safely transported by our accredited removalists.


Wridgways Global Capacity

Part of the Santa Fe Group, spanning Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East, Wridgways is part of a global network with 96 offices in 47 countries. Our accredited international partners in New Zealand are experienced in all aspects of importing personal and household goods and are ready to meet your moving needs.

An Accredited International Moving Company

To further assure you are choosing the right international movers, Wridgways is a fully accredited removalist company. Proudly members of:

This means we not only have years of moving experience, but the necessary equipment, transportation methods, premises and staff training needed to complete a professional international move.

Helpful information about New Zealand:

Currency – New Zealand’s unit of currency is NZ$. Coins have values of 10, 20 and 50 cents, $1 and $2 and notes have values of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Tipping in New Zealand is not obligatory – even in restaurants and bars, however, if you choose to tip for good service or kindness this is at your own discretion.

Weather – The average New Zealand temperature decreases as you travel south. January and February are the warmest months, and July is the coldest time of the year. The average maximum temperature in summer ranges between 20-30ºC and in winter between 10-15ºC.

Geography – Lying in the south-west Pacific, New Zealand consists of two main islands; the North Island and the South Island. The North Island consists of a ‘spine’ of mountain ranges running through the middle, with farmland on both sides. The Massive Southern Alpsps form the backbone of the South Island. To the east of the Southern Alps is the farmland of Otego and Southland, and the Canterbury Plains.

The people of New Zealand – Today there are approximately 4.4 million people living in New Zealand. Approximately 69% are of European descent, 14.6% are indigenous Māori, 9.2% Asian and 6.9% non-Māori Pacific Islanders.

Important Quarantine restrictions – To help protect their countries precious community, economy and environment it is compulsory for anyone moving to New Zealand to declare goods like prescription medicines, food, cigarette lighters, children’s crayons, their toys and more. But don’t stress, Wridgways moving consultants will provide you with the relevant documentation and arrange this for you.

Find more information about New Zealand here.

Moving services

When you are moving home, it isn’t simply enough to just take your possessions and move them to another home. There are a lot of other details that need addressing during your move, such as moving your pets, the insurance and cleaning. Our removalist teams are on hand to assist with all of these aspects of your move in Australia regardless of whether you are moving interstate, locally or even internationally.


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Secure Storage

Whether you need long term or short term storage, we have you covered.

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Let us make your move easy with our team of experienced packers.

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Settle into your new home without the stress, by using our friendly unpacking team.

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Make your next move a breeze and ask about our cleaning services.

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Vehicle Transport

From cars and bikes, to boats and more! We’ll move your vehicles wherever they need to go.

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Pet Transport

Give your furry friend a smooth transition to their new home with our range of pet relocation services.

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Santa Fe Connect

Give yourself a break and get all of your services connected in one place.

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Significant Investor Visa

On 24 November 2012, Australia introduced a significant investor visa category.

This category is being introduced as a new stream within the existing business innovation and investment (provisional) visa category subclass 188 which was introduced on 1 July 2012 and offers applicants a clear pathway to permanent residence. Apart from satisfying the usual health and character requirements, applicants applying under this category will be required to invest AUD 5,000,000.00 of their own capital into complying investments in Australia for a minimum of four years.

There are a number of benefits for applicants under this new visa category including:

In this regard, complying investments include:

Applicants may hold investments in each of the above investment options in any proportion and may also change between the complying investments provided they meet specified reinvestment requirements.

To qualify for permanent residence apart from maintaining their investments in Australia, applicants are only required to physically reside in Australia for 161 days over a four year period and this can be extended by two further periods of two years each.

Applicants under this significant investor visa category will require sponsorship by the State Government in the State of Australia where they intend to reside before being eligible to formally lodge an Immigration Application.

Please do not hesitate to contact Ivan Chait (Registered Migration Agent No: 9253612) at or Jane Simpson at for further information.

Thinking Relocation? Think Santa Fe.

Santa Fe provides the full range of relocation services to support businesses with international interests from diverse industry sectors. Santa Fe is conveniently located in 52 countries with 122 offices globally and offers holistic relocation solutions to support businesses and relocating employees.

Last year, we handled 110,000 relocations globally. Our core services are Immigration, Moving, Relocation, Real Estate and Records Management.

We make it easy.

Get Connected With Your Relocation – Download Santa Fe’s NEW Mobile App Today!

Have your entire relocation at your fingertips, like never before. Download the new FREE Santa Fe Relocation Mobile App today!

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Santa Fe’s new App is designed for relocating individuals and provides a wealth of information and interactive features to make your relocation easy. Receive instant access to a broad range of useful tools including:

Get Connected With Your Relocation, Download The Mobile App Today!

Santa Fe’s Relocation App is available now and completely FREE to download via Apple’s iTunes App Store or Google Play. Simply search “Santa Fe Relo”.

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Regulation Changes for Pets Travelling From Australia To New Zealand

Pets Moving House Travelling International

Keeping your pets safe and comfortable during a move to your new home is of key importance here at Wridgways. A significant inclusion of this process is keeping you up to date with the procedures and requirements involved with the preparation and duration of your pets’ journey.

Proposed regulatory changes put forward by The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will affect the veterinary animal inspection times available at international airport locations of New Zealand – Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington – as well as animal arrival inspection fee prices. These changes are expected to come into effect on December 1st, 2014. (more…)

Moving House in the Rain? Make it easy with Tips from Santa Fe Wridgways!

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So you’ve booked a removalist well in advance, the packing has started and the house will be cleaned and clutter-free all in preparation for the big day! But as moving day approaches Mother Nature decides to intervene; now you’re just going to have to move in the rain!

While it’s not an ideal situation, our experienced removal team deals with harsh weather constraints on a daily basis. So who else is better equipped to guide you through tips for moving in the rain than Wridgways? Follow these tips to make in the rain moving as painless as possible:

  1.        Ensure that you and your family/friends moving safely:

Everything will be more slippery than normal so remember to wear sturdy boots with a heavy tread.  Consider wearing gloves to give you that extra grip if you are planning on moving furniture and boxes around on the day.

  1.        Use the right removal boxes

Protecting your precious belongings is of course a priority, especially on a rainy day. Be careful what kind of boxes you use to pack and move your belongings. Boxes collected from supermarkets and fruit stores might lose their structure and ability to protect your items when they get wet.  Choosing purpose built removal cartons will ensure durability on the day and added protection for the items inside. If you will be moving some of the boxes yourself make sure to hold the boxes from the bottom for support, and keep them under shelter as much as possible.

  1.        Engage in the services of a professional removalist:

Your experienced removalists will be there on the rainy day to assist with all of the heavy lifting! We have been moving in the rain for over 120 years, so there’s no one better placed to handle your move with efficiency and care. Our experience, combined with our specialised packing materials, will provide the best possible protection to your precious belongings on a rainy day. Leave the hard work to us! (more…)

How To Reduce Removal Costs

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5 Ways to Save Money On Your Removal!

Moving house can be a costly exercise, with so much involved relocating your precious belongings to a new residence, and the other associated moving costs. It is easy to become overwhelmed by the long list of things to do prior to moving day, even if it’s just to the next suburb. But with a little preparation and a few tips, you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars. So take time to consider these 5 easy steps to make moving house as cost effective and easy as possible:

  1. De-clutter – Everyone has furniture and other items in their home they no longer use. Moving house is the perfect time to get organised and de-clutter your home. Sell and dispose of any unwanted items to arrive at your new abode feeling tidy, organised and stress-free. If you haven’t used an appliance, piece of furniture or an old picture frame in the last 12 months, there is a very good chance you won’t use it again. Save yourself the hassle and added price of moving it with you to your new home, just sell or dispose of it. Both packing and unpacking will be made much faster and easier as a result too.
  2. Don’t go with the cheapest removalists – If you find one moving company provides a significantly lower price than others, there is probably a very good reason for this. Ensure you check their reputation and what is really included in the costs. Are they an accredited removal company? Are there any other additional costs? There is a good chance you will find hidden costs that will end up making your move a lot more than was initially quoted, such as paying to use protective covers or paying by the hour to suddenly realise the crew are moving very slowly! Accredited removalists will follow a strict Code of Conduct in all aspects of your move. This includes best practices for wrapping, packing and transporting of your precious possessions. Using a professional, accredited removal company will ensure that your precious furniture and valued possessions are in caring and capable hands, saving you a lot of money in the long-run. Ask for a fixed-price removal quote so you are not hit with unexpected extras on moving day.
  3. Insure your move – Most people insure their goods when they are safely sitting in their home doing nothing, but ask why they require insurance when their precious belongings are being handled, wrapped, moved and transported across the town, country or even the world! Did you know that professional removalists rarely damage goods when moving but almost 90% of accidents and damage are out of their control such as: road collision, train derailment, fire, flood, acts of God and more!! Insurance is for your peace of mind and a small investment in the scheme of a relocation. Ask your removalists consultant for a copy of the insurance Product Disclosure Statement to ascertain what is best for you.


DIY Real Estate Photography in 5 Easy Steps!

A photograph is the first impression a potential buyer has of your house, influencing their decision to view it, or continue hunting through the list of potential properties. A will engage more potential buyers than showcase your home for best impact.

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Buying a Home Overseas – 5 Points to Consider

Buying a house overseas handing keys over to ownerYou might be buying a home overseas to live in, as an investment, or even as a holiday home. Whatever the reason, there are certainly a few key points you will need to consider prior to this commitment, aside from style of course! Spend time to consider these 5 points:

  1. Firstly, you will need to know what you intend to do with the house you’re purchasing. This will help determine where you choose to buy, the type of property and how much you’re willing to spend. For example, if looking to buy a home to live in yourself, you will most likely be led by your emotional responses to the area and look of the home, more so than the price. Having a firm idea of why you want the property and what you want to get from it in the long term will make it easier to narrow your search.
  2. Before you start looking at individual properties, make sure you are 100 percent sure about the country and region you’re looking at. Whether you’re intending to live in the property or not, it’s always better to have visited the area beforehand. If possible, spend time researching and speaking to locals or other foreigners who live in region. Check out local town halls, restaurants, sports facilities etc. Always look into the property market in the area your considering. Is the value of housing going up or down and are there any factors which could significantly alter the value of your property over time?
  3. When purchasing a property, it isn’t uncommon to experience delays and unexpected additional costs. Therefore, knowing exactly how you’re going to be funding your purchase is important. Before you make any firm decisions, determine a realistic budget. Factor in all costs; this includes things like getting the utilities connected and the furnishing / decorating for your property. In the event of an emergency, it is always handy to have back-up funds for a flight home. Having an idea of the average cost of a flight just in case will help you set aside funds for this. (more…)