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Planning your move from Australia to New Zealand

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Planning your move from Australia to New Zealand
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July 10, 2020
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Exactly what to do when moving to New Zealand from Australia

A move to a new country takes a lot of organising. It can be easy to forget things when you have to pack up all of your belongings, organise a removalist, and make sure everything is crossed off your extensive to-do list! If you need help in preparing how to move from Australia to New Zealand, this guide will provide you with all the tips and tricks.  

If you are moving from Australia to New Zealand, let WridgWays help!

What to do when moving to New Zealand from Australia

Where to start

Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming to know where to start when you move, so you are best to create a to-do list, or use our moving checklist to keep you on track for moving day.

A move overseas is a big deal, so it is a good idea to start by going through your belongings to decide which items you are going to take with you, and which items you will donate or discard.

Next, start to investigate international removalists to help you make your move overseas a stress-free experience. Make sure that your removalist is accredited with organisations such as AFRA or FIDI to ensure that they know how to correctly pack and handle your household belongings.  


Packing is a mammoth task and moving overseas means that there is additional risk of damage to your belongings. So, why not save your time and use the professionals. WridgWays are experts in packing and unpacking to ensure your belongings are protected for their journey. Our teams are AFRA certified and understand the complexities in careful planning and using the correct packaging to get the job done correctly.

If you choose to pack your belongings yourself, know what you are doing. Use professional packing containers and correctly pack items to ensure your belongings are safe during transit.

Preparing for your move

You will need to book flights and ensure you hold a valid passport.  If you are moving for work, you will likely need to obtain a working visa. In addition, you will need to notify providers of your move and this may include contacting the ATO, utility providers, the electoral commission, and the post office to redirect any mail.

We also recommend that you understand the differences in cost of living before you go. It will make settling into a new place easier. Visit Numbeo or the New Zealand Now to gain an understanding expenses or calculate costs.  

Settling in

Although Australia and New Zealand are quite similar, however there are still differences that you will need to adapt to. Take your time to get settled, try some of the local cafes and just relax the first few weeks you are there. When you move to a new city, it can be fun to get your bearings by trying the transportation system or catching up with friends you know in the area.

If you don't know anyone, why not take up a new hobby, join a sporting club or find a meet up group. It provides a good way to meet new people and understand and adapt to the culture.

Once you have been there for there may be a few things you need to finalise if you haven't already - things like setting up a bank account, or changing your driving license over and if you have children finding and enrolling in a school will help make the transition to a new country a smooth one.

How WridgWays can help

WridgWays offer an end-to-end moving services which means that we can cover each aspect of your move from start to end. Let us take the stress of moving overseas. We can organise each aspect of your move, from packing, insurance, storage and can even assist with visa and immigration services.

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