Our removals service, How does it work?
We offer a full or part load removals service. This includes either full load consignments that take your belongings direct from point A to B, or part loads that are delivered shortly after your arrival.
Upon arrival at your local depot, all effects are transferred to the export warehouse to await loading into a 20ft or 40ft container.
The container is booked with the shipping line onto the first available vessel destined to the closest port of entry to your final destination.
If you are moving with fewer items or are staggering your move to Auckland you may want to opt for a part load service.
The service is completely the same but we will combine several customers’ loads onto one high-capacity truck to save time and reduce transport costs.
How is the cost calculated? For Removals to Auckland
We can arrange a free no obligation home survey and quotation, carried out by one of our qualified surveyors. They will answer any questions you have and offer advice where necessary.
The survey will determine the volume of effects you will be shipping. The total cost of shipment is based on the space your effects will take up in our vehicles.
Regular removals to Auckland
White & Company runs regular removal services to various towns and cities in New Zealand, including Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Wellington, Queenstown and many more.
Our extensive fleet of vehicles, specialist local knowledge and experienced staff make us the standout choice for all removals to New Zealand.
Export Packing & Wrapping Service
When the client has accepted the quoted price and a move date has been secured, the vehicle and removal team will arrive at residence.
The removal team will proceed to export pack and wrap all items being transported in special breathable bubble wrap.
Special made-to-measure wooden creates can also be used for difficult to move or fragile items.
Our dedicated team in New Zealand will ensure all the relevant paperwork and customs clearance is processed correctly. They will arrange the unloading and unpacking of your household goods.
White & Company offers secure containerised storage facilities via its own depots. We have 19 secure units dotted throughout the UK and our partners in New Zealand can also offer storage facilities.
All our warehouses are clean, dry, secure and accredited to European Standard BS EN 14873.
We are founder members of the British Association of Removers – the voice of the UK removals industry in the UK.
As such we are responsible not only for meeting the highest sets of standards but listening to our customers on how we can continue to improve our performance.
In addition to this we are also affiliate members of the FIDI & OMNI international relocation network and have industry partners all over the world.
Despite our best efforts sometimes items get damaged or things go amiss. White & Company always try to minimise problems during the moving process. That’s why we offer limited liability insurance.
Marine insurance is a key consideration when shipping overseas. We recommend you consider protecting your valuable personal possessions while in transit or storage with our ‘All Risk’ Marine Standard Liability cover.
Marine Insurance Cover is offered to you on receipt of a completed Overseas Valuation Form. Such insurance cover is ‘Comprehensive’ and ‘All Risk’ and is based on the values as declared by you on the Overseas Valuation Form.
Moving to Auckland? Get a removals quote
Preparing for Your Move
Rated as the third most liveable city in the world by Mercer for the fourth year running, Auckland is a diverse city with temperate weather and a passion for food, wine and laidback living.
The city is the commercial hub of the North island and offers high salaries as well as easy access to the sprawling green countryside for weekend escapes.
Once you’ve decided to move to Auckland you will need to start preparing what you will take with you from your home in the UK and how you are going to get it there.
The process of moving is stressful at the best of time, let alone moving to the other side of the world. There are also some differences as to how the move is handled domestically which you need to prepare for, including navigating local laws and customs.
By choosing a reliable removals company like White & Company you are not only getting a first-class removals service but access to the knowledge and skills of an experienced international relocator.
Regular Moves to Auckland
White & Company carry out around 20 moves to and from New Zealand and other destinations all over the world every month.
No matter what challenges you face you can rest assured that we have likely encountered and overcome them before. Whether you are moving to a small city apartment or a huge chateau in the countryside we’re equipped to get the job done and be home in time for tea.
Before we jump on board here are some useful pre-planning tips to consider before you take the plunge and move to Auckland:
- Get multiple quotes from different removals companies — It pays to shop around. Getting multiple quotes gives you the opportunity to ask questions about the whole process and by meeting with one of the company’s representatives.
- Visit Auckland before you make your decision to relocate — visit as many times as you can and explore different neighbourhoods to find out which one will work best for you, including planning for any other practical considerations.
- Secure school places — Auckland offers plenty of choice when it comes to schools with the majority well performing state schools as well as some private options. For those looking to stay short-term there are also some international schools offering the UK national curriculum and the International Baccalaureate.
- Rent before you buy — Once you have identified the areas you want to live in it’s a good idea to rent a property first before committing to a long-term purchase. That way you can source out the best areas for you and your family.
- Research and secure jobs BEFORE you go — You may be fortunate enough to have secured work through an existing employer. If not, you will need to search for an employer who can ‘sponsor’ you and your family for a working visa.
Popular Destinations We Cover in Auckland
- Auckland isthmus
- North Shore
- South Auckland and eastern suburbs
- West Auckland
The basic cost of the shipment is based on the total volume of your effects, the distance travelled and any ferry/crossing fees incurred.
Fee reductions are available for part load services where your household belongings are shipped on separate consignments that arrive at different times.
Your household goods will be vetted by customs and given clearance for removal.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) is the government body in New Zealand tasked with deciding whether or not to physically examine your goods.
You will be asked to declare what items you have prior to your departure and fill out an inventory specifying what you are taking with you and who packed what.
As with all countries there are certain prohibited items which you will need to check before your packing gets underway.
Used household goods and personal effects including furniture and appliances are GST and duty-free provided the goods are for your own personal use and will not be sold, lent, given as gifts or exchanged. If fumigation of shipment is deemed necessary, charges for this service will be applied.
For a full list of items you will need to declare see the relevant government website.
The main things they are looking for is the presence of soil, dirt and other contaminants that could be of potential harm to their unique ecosystem.
Our dedicated team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and ensure all the relevant paperwork and customs clearance is processed correctly at point of entry.
If you want to live in New Zealand, you will need to obtain a relevant visa. There is a range of visa options depending on whether you want to live and work, study, invest or simply visit.
Choosing the best option for your circumstances will likely depend on how long you want to stay, if there is a shortage of your skills in New Zealand and if you are coming with a partner or family.
There are also work-stream permanent residence visas offered to those who have skills that New Zealand values or are in short supply of.
To discover which visa suits your personal situation visit the NZ government website.
Almost all jobs are offered first to resident New Zealanders before being advertised internationally.
In the main North Island working hub of Auckland you will find a range of professional jobs in finance, health and engineering with demand also for vets, scientists and those experienced in agricultural work.
Those with a skilled trade and relevant qualifications are in high demand with plumbing, construction, electrical and gas engineers all highly paid positions.
Jobs are advertised locally but the best chance of securing a working visa before you come is to seek sponsorship from an employer advertising via a recruitment specialist online.
There are also some very useful agencies such as Work Connect. They offer a free programme to help skilled migrants and their partners get ready for New Zealand’s job market through a combination of group workshops and one-on-one coaching.
We use a modern range of environmentally friendly, purpose-made packing materials and can pack everything for you prior to your move.
Double-thickness cartons are used to wrap china and glassware. We use bubble blanket to wrap furniture, and made-to-measure crates for transporting specialist care items such as antiques.
How long the removals process takes will depend on the location you are moving from and what type of delivery method you opt for – shipping or freight.
The average time for items to reach New Zealand visa shipping is usually 14 weeks with additional time to allow for customs and clearance processes to be followed.
Part load services where small amounts of your belongings are delivered at different intervals will take longer.
Our surveyors will be able to advise you beforehand on your best course of action and clear up any questions you may have.
The 1973 Overseas Investment Act restricts temporary residents from buying homes that are on more than twelve acres of land.
Buying property in urban areas such as Auckland is not affected by the Act. However, note that prices are likely to be significantly higher the closer to the central conurbation you live.
Purchasing a house is a wise investment if you are planning to stay in the country for a significant period and interest rates have decreased over recent years making it easier to own homes.
The government has several schemes to help New Zealand citizens and permanent residents buy their first home. These include the Welcome Home Loan, First Home, and KiwiSaver first home deposit subsidy and savings withdrawal schemes.
Find out more information on buying a home in New Zealand here.
It is usually good advice to rent for a while before you commit to a long-term purchase.
Rental costs vary depending on which suburb you choose to live in and the size of the property. As a general guide Aucklanders pay around $630 (£321) per week to live in a 3-4 bed rental property and $460 (£234) per week to live in a one/two bedroomed rental apartment.
What Others Say…
Wayne Middleton and Brian Witherford were professional and extremely helpful. Did a brilliant job. Would recommend Whites to anyone. Thanks very much.
Have used this company regularly for 5 years including my time in the armed forces. They are professional and efficient. Will use them again on our next move.
The move went very smoothly and they were very polite.
A very smooth move by White and Co. The team worked very hard and were polite, professional and helpful.