Should you take your belongings to Australia or should you buy new over there? Find out…

Moving, whether across the street or across the pond can be very stressful. Moving to Australia wants to make your move easier. Here you will find tips and advice on moving your personal effects to Australia from New Zealand that will help remove a lot of the stress from this process.

Find out why using a professional moving company will save you a lot of stress.

Editor’s Note: I have moved to Australia twice. The first time I was young and didn’t have anything worth taking with me. Second hand bed, I brought another. However, the second time I was older and had a household of personal effects.

I did a cost comparison of how much it would cost to take everything with us and how much it would cost to replace everything. For us, it worked out a lot cheaper to take our possessions with us. It saved us money and more importantly time. I was not keen to have to sell everything second hand before I left and then buy everything in a city was not familiar with.

I highly recommend contacting Grace Removals. They are Australia’s largest removal company, with competitive pricing and they offer a service like no other in New Zealand. Grace pride themselves on being not just a moving company, but a resource you can use to make the transition to your new life an easy one.

Door to Door or Port to Port

The very first thing you should be thinking about is the question of door to door or port to port. Your answer really comes down to the cost. You want to get a competitive moving price for your move either way.

Obviously it’s going to cost you less going from port to port, but are the savings worth the inconvenience of having to move all of your belonging from the port to your home. You will also have to deal with Australian Customs and Quarantine directly and negotiate handling and clearances charges with an agent in Australia (which you will also have to find).

Therefore we highly recommend selecting the door to door option, this way all your costs are known up front and you will have an experienced agent looking after your shipment. If using Grace Removals you will also get true door-to-door service when moving to Australia. With branches across New Zealand and Australia, Grace handles the entire process for your peace of mind.

Don’t you already have enough to do? Find out much it will cost you to take your household effects with you.

Added extras you should ask of your mover

Your moving company can help you organise a lot more than packing up your house hold and unpacking it in Australia. They offer additional services that you can utilise to take even more off your to do list, even completely unpacked and set up in Australia.

Whether you want to take specific items or all your household items with you to your new home in Australia. Using one company is so much easier than using five. See below a list of extra services you are going to need anyway and a few that are a complete bonus, knowledge shared to help you out:

  • Complete packing and unpacking service including cars
  • Valet unpacking services (yes everything)
  • Home cleaning services
  • Help with all your documentation
  • Customised deliveries (multiple if needed)
  • Branches in New Zealand and Australia – bonus
  • Moving insurance
  • Storage (at either end)
  • Help with temporary accommodation – bonus
  • Visa and immigration help – bonus
  • School search service – bonus
  • Tempory accommodation – bonus
  • Branches in New Zealand and Australia – bonus

With this website and Grace Removals you’ve got all the information you need to have a successful and happy move. As Grace say – let Grace Removals deal with the logistics of your move so that you can focus on the more important aspects of moving to Australia, like finding your favourite beach!

They’re available to help you with any requirements that will reduce the stress and added pressures that come with an international move. Check out what they can do for your now, Grace Removals.

Car/Vehicle Shipping

Moving your car to Australia is not as easy as moving your bed. There is very specific documentation required to ship your car to Australia. Without it your car will not be allowed entry and would be stuck at the port. There are also other considerations you need to know about like length of ownership and tax payable issues.

It’s not always worth taking your car with you expense wise, but it’s worth finding out how much it will cost to take it with you, especially if you are taking your household stuff anyway.

Request a no obligation quote on car sipping.

Find out if it is worth shipping your car

You will need to do two things:

  • Get a car shipping quote and find out how much it will cost to ship your car and the taxes involved (Grace Removals)
  • Research how much it will cost to replace your car in Australia (

Professional Packing vs Home Packed

You can’t simply throw your belongings in a box as you might do if you were moving down the street. Packing your household goods will require a number of extra steps that you may not even think about. Make sure your goods are safe and secure.

You don’t want to unpack broken cups and vases, or have scratched TV’s and tables. We highly recommend that your items are professionally wrapped and packed by a specialist international moving company. It is worth the cost and effort it saves you.

Read more about Grace’s packing, unpacking and valet packing services on my Grace post.

Transit, Storage and Moving Insurance

No matter who packs or unpacks your belongings, there are risks that come with every move. Believe it or not containers are still lost overboard in rough seas.

Most moving companies offer a range of insurance options. For very reasonable rates you can insure your shipment against all foreseeable issues.

Find out more about moving insurance and get the answers to the FAQ you and many other people have.

Shipping Times

Shipping your belongings to Australia takes approximately 6 weeks, but there are a lot of things to be to taken into account. There is the availability of space on board the ship, the loading and unloading time, customs, and possible quarantine delays that can delay your shipment in Australia.

Shipments generally take 5 to 8 weeks to get Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane and a little longer to Perth.

These are just of few of the issues you need to take into consideration when planning the moving of your personal effects to Australia from New Zealand.

Want to know how much it will cost to move your household goods to Australia?

Click on this link to receive a no obligation quote from Grace Removals. Grace are not only reasonably priced but their service far exceeds all other moving companies to Australia.


  1. Mr Welsh

    August 6, 2018 at 12:58 am

    I am moving a 2 bedroom home from Highland Park to Sydney New South Wales Australia. Thanks

  2. Mr Welsh

    August 6, 2018 at 12:50 am

    I am planning to move to Sydney new south wales. What do I need to do to prepare?

  3. Lovine Teri Laulu

    August 20, 2017 at 7:42 am

    We are wanting to ship over the following:
    1. One Vehicle
    2. Four Animals
    We aim to live and work in Australia 5 year goal plan. Taking our vehicle and our animals is compulsory.


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