Prior to Removal to Christchurch:
It is understandable that you may not have a set removal date immediately. We recommend a four week notice period prior to removal. However, we appreciate that there are a number of contributing factors that may prevent you from giving this much notice. For this reason, we offer a provisional booking process, where we will allocate a crew for your removal on the provisional, International removals to Christchurch, moving date you advise.
Items can be added/removed from your removals list prior to your removal day and the quotation will be adjusted accordingly. You can discuss any changes with your branch office.
No delivery address yet?
This is not a problem as all we will require are your contact details. The delivery address can be advised at a later date or as soon as possible following your arrival in Christchurch.
The Day of your International Removals To Christchurch:
On the day of your removal one of our experienced export packing teams will arrive at your residence, to start professionally packing the contents of your home. It is essential that any international removal is professionally export packed and wrapped using the correct packing materials. All items will be packed into export approved cartons and where necessary, furniture will be wrapped and protected using export approved blankets or custom made cartons.
Our export packing teams will always bring extra cartons and packing materials on your removal day, so if you are undecided over a particular item, please don’t worry. The crew will create an inventory listing all the items you are shipping, as each carton is filled.
Transit times to Christchurch
When shipping your personal belongings to Christchurch the transit time between removal in the UK and arrival at your new home will be approximately 8 weeks for full container shipments.
Part load shipments can take between 10 – 12 weeks and are dependent on how quickly a 20ft container can be filled.
Documents we will require before shipment:
- Copy of original passport
- Permanent Residence or Work permit
- Removal inventory (we will provide this for you)
- Insurance Valuation form for Shipment Protection cover
NOTE: When shipping vehicles, it is best to discuss this with your surveyor, who can guide you through the process and advise the necessary documentation requirements.
Quarantine Requirements – New Zealand
Because New Zealand relies heavily on its worldwide trade in agricultural products, we have to make sure that any pests and diseases that could threaten our agricultural and horticultural industries are kept out of the country. For that reason, New Zealand has very strict biosecurity regulations with severe penalties for anyone caught breaking the rules. People failing to declare biosecurity risk goods can receive an instant fine of $400, be fined up to $100,000 and/or face up to five years in prison.
Items to avoid taking to New Zealand
With International removals to Christchurch it is illegal to import most foodstuffs. This could be something as simple as a piece of fruit, a sandwich, preserved sausage or a cheese snack. High risk items include fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, all honey and bee products, straw, dried flowers, seeds, cane, bamboo, rattan items, pine cones, potpourri and other organic matter.
Restricted items you must declare include bones, tusks, furs, feathers, skins, hunting trophies, stuffed animals and reptiles, animal hair, unprocessed wool and items made from animal skin (eg, animal skin handbags) and equipment used on animals including riding equipment. You will not be allowed to bring into New Zealand coral, clam, turtle and tortoise shells, products of endangered species or ivory in any form, unless you have a CITES certificate allowing you to do so.
You must also take care when importing wood products, golf clubs, sports equipment, camping gear and any other items such as shoes and boots that might have soil and dirt on them. Generally, all items that would normally be used outdoors will be examined to make sure they are free from soil and other contaminants. It is best to make sure they are thoroughly cleaned before entering the country.
The items listed here represent common threats to New Zealand. But the list is not exhaustive.
Bringing Firearms into New Zealand
When planning your International removals to Christchurch you need a permit to bring firearms into and out of New Zealand, including for hunting or competition. You can apply online for an import permit at the same time as you apply for a visitor’s firearms licence. For more information, visit: www.police.govt.nz
Upon Arrival in New Zealand
You must complete an arrivals form before entering the immigration area. It is important to read the form and answer all of the questions, accurately. If in doubt, declare possibly illegal possessions to a Customs officer or a MPI Biosecurity officer, or dump them in one of the bins available at the airport.
After you pick up your luggage and before you exit the immigration area, you will pass through Customs and MPI (Ministry for Primary Industries). As a result of the quarantine procedures, you should expect some delay on arrival. For further information about quarantine and other restrictions visit www.mpi.govt.nz
Pets to New Zealand
Moving your pets and vehicles abroad with you also takes time and there are lots of processes to follow before New Zealand will allow them into the country. White & Company work with trusted partners including a pet transport company to guide you through the whole process to ensure your animals can be transported safely to your new home in Christchurch.
Living in Christchurch
Connections & Removals Christchurch
Connections in Christchurch are excellent and there is a very good public transport system. The North and South Islands are connected by ferries, which cross the Crook Strait regularly each day and are used by pedestrians and to transport cars. Buses in New Zealand form the main backbone of the public transport network and are a good and reliable way to travel. If you choose to travel by car, you can drive in New Zealand for up to a year with a driver’s licence from yoour home country as long as it is in English. After living in New Zealand for more than 12 months, you will need to apply for a New Zealand licence. The International Airport in Wellington provides flights across New Zealand, Fiji and to Australia.
Schools & International Removals Christchurch
There is a good choice of International schools in the Christchurch area:
Leisure & International Removals Christchurch
Christchurch is one of the most English of New Zealand’s cities. That said, it is a city still coping with one of the worst natural disasters, following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. The Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park remain some of NZ’s most beautiful public spaces and there are many interesting new art projects across the city. The New York Times ranked Christchurch no. 2 on their 52 Places to Go in 2014.
Property Prices & International Removals Christchurch
The housing market in Christchurch is active, you can currently expect to pay approximately 3,344 NZ$ per square meter to buy an apartment in the city centre. Outside the centre the prices drop to 3,070 NZ$.
When You Arrive In New Zealand
Documentation Required Upon Arrival in New Zealand
Being well-prepared should prevent problems and reduce the time needed to get through Customs and Immigration.
Do not hesitate to ask a customs officer when you reach the arrivals hall. Passing through immigration can be tedious but remember, the customs team are only doing their job to protect New Zealand. if you don’t have the right papers you may be delayed, have goods impounded or even be prevented from entering the country. Along with the visitor card you will need:
To enter New Zealand, you must have a current passport and it must be valid for at least three months past the date that you intend to leave New Zealand. If you intend to live and work in New Zealand, you will require the appropriate visa. For more information visit: www.immigration.govt.nz
New Zealand Visitors Visa
If you are a citizen of a visa free country, you will not need a visa; unless you intend to stay longer than three months (six months if you are from the UK). All others will need some form of visa to visit New Zealand. The general length of time allowed by a visitor’s visa is up to nine months. For details of the different types of visas, and where to get one, go to www.immigration.govt.nz
Taking Cash into New Zealand
Anyone carrying NZ$10,000 or more (or foreign equivalent) in cash, into or out of New Zealand, must complete a Border Cash Report. Cash means physical currency, bearer-negotiable instruments, or both. Legislation does not prohibit the import or export of cash sums of NZ$10,000 or more – it simply requires that these sums are reported. False, misleading or non-reporting of cash may result in its forfeiture and a fine.
To simplify the moving of money in or out of New Zealand, White & Company offer a currency service in association with The FX Firm. For further information on the service and benefits of using an FX service visit: www.whiteandcompany.co.uk/foreign-exchange
Taking Delivery of Your Possession in New Zealand
- Our trusted partners assisting you with your International removals to Christchurch, will contact you before your container arrives at the port in New Zealand; this is to ascertain your requirements regarding delivery. If you are not ready to take delivery, we can arrange storage at extremely preferential rates. We recommend that you contact our agents immediately upon your arrival, as you will be required to complete a customs form and produce your passport. Our trusted partners are: The Moving Company
- Office Address: 21 Peterkin Street, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
- Postal Address: PO Box 38 081, Wellington Mail Centre, 5045
- Tel: (04) 577 8200, Fax: (04) 577 8201
- All goods which arrive into New Zealand are subject to New Zealand customs and quarantine clearance procedures.
- You will need to be present in the country before customs clearance can take place, though you will not need to attend customs in person. However, you will need to be available should customs request that you attend an interview.
- Please note that customs clearance will take approximately 5 – 10 working days.
- Following Customs Clearance approval, our trusted partners will contact you to arrange a suitable date for delivery of your effects to your new home. The crew will arrive at your new property and place your items in the rooms of your choice, unwrap and will remove the packing material.
To start planning for International removals to Christchurch complete the form below and a member of our team will contact you.