New Zealand Moving Guide

No one enjoys the process of moving house or commercial property. However, it is a fact of life and is something all of us will experience sooner or later.

But wouldn't you like to take away some of that extra stress? With our guide, you can. Read on to learn more about money-, energy-, and time-saving tips that you can use for your next home or business premises move.

Moving Interstate

With high-quality transport infrastructure crisscrossing the country, moving interstate in New Zealand is not such a difficult task. Of course, you need the right vehicles -- and we can provide these. In addition to this, you need secure and reliable storage options to keep your items safe while you prepare your new property.

This can seem daunting at first, particularly when you need to travel such a long way across the country. Fortunately, there are several different options available to you in most of New Zealand's population centres. We've covered some of the key interstate moving destinations below. Take a look;

Moving to Auckland - Storage Options

  • National Mini Storage has locations in Albany, Hobsonville, Henderson, Central City, Parnell, Newmarket, Penrose, East Tamaki, and Takanini
  • AA Auckland Storage
  • The Moving Company provides a range of different duration options for storage

Moving to Wellington - Storage Options

  • Inner City Storage - Tory Street
  • Store-it- Lower Tyers Road
  • National Storage has locations across Wellington including Hutt City, Kenepuru, Newtown, Ngauranga, Paremata and Tawa.

Moving to Queenstown - Storage Options

  • Queenstown Self Storage - serving Arrowtown, Frankton, and the Wakatipu Basin
  • Queenstown Lock Up - located 1.5km from Queenstown's CBD
  • Storage King Queenstown

Moving to Christchurch - Storage Options

  • Affordable Storage NZ offers round-the-clock automatic secure access National Storage covers locations across the region, including Belfast, Ferrymead, Hillsborough, Hornby, and Redwood
  • Storage King - national storage providers, also covering Christchurch

Moving to Masterton - Storage Options

  • Masterton Storage - Edwin Feist Place in Masterton
  • WAI TOW - towing and storage services provided in the area
  • South Wairarapa Storage - Huangarua Road

Moving Overseas

It could be that your planned move is taking you a little further afield, perhaps even outside of New Zealand. This can feel even more daunting and overwhelming, but don't fear. Take a look at our handy tips to moving overseas, and make sure you get the job done the right way;

  • Consider sea freight - Air freight is certainly the quicker option, but it is no more safe and secure than shipping things by sea. Sea freight could save you some serious dollars; dollars that will come in handy once you arrive.
  • Don't rush the process - Giving yourself lots of time, and carefully planning your move is the only way to keep costs down to a reasonable level. If you need to ship things at the last minute, costs have a habit of spiralling out of control, and you run the risk of losing important items.
  • Compare and re-compare your quotes - You have a lot of choices available to you when you move overseas. Remember to check and double check, and then compare and re-compare all quotes to make sure you are getting the best possible deal.
  • Group your items - Few things are more wasteful than sending off a less-than-full shipping container. However, if you pay for a full container load, and you don't fill the available space, this is exactly what you will be doing. Group your items together with other shipments to save money.

Moving to Australia from New Zealand

Thanks to the geographic proximity of our two countries, the majority of people who move overseas from New Zealand head to Australia. However, there are other reasons for this too. First and foremost, the closeness we share is more than physical, it is cultural, too, which means that expatriates who swap New Zealand for Australia are unlikely to feel too much of a seismic shift as they settle in.

We can add similar economies, similar job's markets, similar political climates, similar weather (in some areas), and the same language to this list of things that make life easier for New Zealanders in Australia. One key difference, however, is the currency. With this in mind, it is worth securing access to an international bank account or stocking up on Australian dollars before you begin the move.

Packing Tips

When the clock is ticking down towards the big move, and you know that you need to get started on the packing, it's natural to start feeling a little nervous. What had up until recently felt like a distant point on the horizon is now becoming very, very real indeed. Take a look at these packing tips and make sure that everything goes smoothly.

  • Start early - Packing is a task that does not go away. The sooner you begin the process, the easier it will seem, and the lower your stress levels will be. This also helps you to avoid making any mistakes.
  • Don't skimp on materials - Trying to save money by purchasing substandard packing materials is the definition of a false economy. What happens if something breaks in transit? What happens if the packaging is not able to stand up to the rigours of the journey? These are the risks you take if you do not purchase the best quality packing materials.
  • Take a thorough audit of what you do not need - You are going to be carrying a lot of stuff with you when you move, so anything you can leave behind will be appreciated by all. So, it is time to be honest; what do you really need, and what can you throw away? Create an audit, and chuck away anything you don't need.
  • Pack an emergency supply of what you so need - There are certain items that you just do not need on your journey. On the other hand, there are items that you will need to keep with you for use in emergencies, including toothbrushes and other everyday necessities, as well as more high value, luxury items. Decide what these items are, and then pack them somewhere easily accessible.
  • Create your packing kit - This means scissors, tape, and any other materials you need to pack up your boxes. This way, you are not wasting time fumbling around in search of tape.
  • Take pictures - Remember that everything you disassemble will need to be reassembled at the other end. Take pictures to help you remember how everything fits together.
  • Get to know what you can and can't ship - There may be items that you are not permitted to ship. If you are working with a courier or another third party company, ask them about their shipping policies and make sure you adhere to them.
  • Don't cut corners - If you are moving high-value items or items that will be difficult to replace, such as antique pieces, you need to safeguard these items. Don't cut corners; pack the items the right way, take out insurance if necessary, and ensure the best outcomes for all.

Moving with Pets

If you are like many New Zealanders, you share your home with a beloved pet. So, it is natural that you would want to take this pet with you when you move. Here are some tips you should follow to make sure your furry friend is healthy and happy.

  • Stick to the schedule - Reduce stress and strain for your animal by planning everything in advance
  • Get your pet checked out for any illnesses before you move; you may also need to get immunisations or sedatives for the journey
  • Know the route and transport options ahead of time - If you are driving, make sure you know where you are going so don't get lost. If you are flying, make sure the airline is equipped to take an animal.
  • Be kind and loving - Even when everything is considered, this is still a stressful time for your pet. Be extra nice to them to reduce this stress.

Moving Offices

The process of moving offices is similar to that of moving house. However, there are a few other considerations to be made. Take a look below to learn more.

  • Inventory checked and finalised - Make sure no fresh orders are on the way, and that everything is complete.
  • Water, gas, and other bills checked and finalised or transferred - Make sure there are no outstanding bills or any other payments due.
  • Packing complete - Your equipment and other materials should all be packed and ready to go
  • Logistics sorted - How are you going to move your stuff? Make sure this is already planned out ahead of time.
  • Space cleaned - Before you leave, you need to clean up. You would expect the current occupants of your future property to do the same before you arrive.

Moving in New Zealand: Your FAQ

How should I prepare for moving?

By planning carefully, and by following our handy guide.

When should you start packing to move?

Start packing as early as possible! You can keep the items you need to use daily until the last minute, but other items should be packed early. Starting early like this reduces stress, the risk of loss or breakage, and makes the whole process easier.

Is moving house stressful?

It can be. In fact, some sources describe it as more stressful than divorce! However, by following our guide, you can greatly reduce this stress, making the process more bearable.

What should I pack first when moving?

Some recommend starting to packing items from your least frequently used room first. This will mean that any items you pack are not likely to be needed between now and the move. Others argue that you should start with the most difficult room to pack, as this will give you a psychological boost when you know it's out of the way.

Considering a big move? Get in touch with the Trucks NZ team today and make sure the whole process runs smoothly.