Moving to New Zealand from Spain

Wisse Moving is the specialist in Spain for moving to New Zealand. We offer a door-to-door moving service. We collect anywhere in Spain, and delivery can be anywhere in New Zealand. Our services include packaging and customs clearance. If needed, we offer temporal storage, and we offer transport insurance on all transports.

Moving to New Zealand
Moving to New Zealand

Quote for moving to New Zealand

Once you have to move, the best way to start off is getting a quote. Wisse Moving will prepare a free, detailed and complete proposal for your move. As the price is mainly based on the volume of your goods, it is important to estimate the cubic metres you have. We can do a pre-move survey by video call anytime. You can show your goods to our consultant by smartphone. You can also discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Just give us a call or send us an email, and we will make an appointment for a virtual meeting.

Packing service

Packaging of glassware
Packaging of glassware

As the distance from Spain to New Zealand is quite large, it is important that the goods are duly wrapped. Wisse Moving’s export team of packers will pack your belongings into boxes, and we’ll disassemble the furniture. The furniture will be wrapped as well. If you have any especially fragile or valuable items, we can decide to make a wooden crate or prepare another type of special protection. This is a good option if you have large paintings, especially big tv’s or fragile statues.

Moving to New Zealand in sea container or part-load container

Moving by sea container
Moving to New Zealand by sea container

There are basically two different options for transporting your move to New Zealand from Spain:

  • In a Sea Container of Full Container Load (FCL), only for your move. If you are transporting boxes and furniture, we would use a sea container. We would pack everything carefully, and load the goods into a container. If you have to leave your home in Spain, but for any reason cannot receive the goods yet in New Zealand, then we can storage the goods before loading the container. Storage is possible in all the main cities in Spain.
  • In a part-load container or LCL. This is a goods option if you don’t have a large amount of boxes, and bring no furniture, or only some small pieces. After packaging your belongings into boxes, we will crate them into a cardboard “liftvan”. A liftvan is a crate made of multilayer cardboard. If is very resistant, and has many advantages compared to a wooden crate: it is light weight, economical, ecological, adaptable in size and does not have to be fumigated. After crating the goods, the liftvan will be transported in a sea container together with other goods. In this option we can also offer storage before shipping.
A liftvan
A liftvan

Both transport in a sea container only for your move as shipping as part-load are equally safe, and take the same time to arrive to its destination. The desicion whether to use one method or another is merely economical. Wisse Moving will find the best solution for your move.


Another option is airfreight. This is a good solution if the move is urgent, and if you only have a few boxes. Normally airfreight is much more expensive than part-load transport by sea, due to the airfreight rates.

  • Cindy S. ★★★★★
    Absolutely perfect from moving day in Spain to delivery in USA. Extremely happy with their service. Highly recommended!!!!
  • Stephanie S. ★★★★★
    Within 3 days everything was picked up in Amsterdam The Netherlands and moved to Madrid Spain. Excellent care for my belongings, great packaging to make sure everything stays in a good condition and also very responsive. A move abroad without … More any stress!
  • andy B. ★★★★★
    We used Wisse Moving in August 2022 to pack and put our belongings in storage in Madrid for 7 months. In March 2023 we moved back to the UK. We dealt with Rene throughout this process and he was great, always available friendly and professional. … More After unpacking we realized what a wonderful job of packing they did, we had NO breakages! Thank you Rene and your team. I would definitely use them again!

Customs in New Zealand

Wisse Moving, together with the customs agent at destination, will take care of the customs formalities to import your move in New Zealand. Used household good can be imported duty- and tax free if the owner of the goods has one of the following documents:

  • New Zealand / Australian passport
  • New Zealand residence visa / permit
  • Returning resident visa / permit
  • New Zealand work visa / permit issued for a minimum of 12 months
  • Permanent resident visa
  • Returning resident visa issued by the government of the Commonwealth of Australia
  • Work visa / permit (minimum of 12 months / skilled migrant / long-term business visa / permit)
  • Visitor visa / permit issued for a minimum of 3 years

 The person moving must be in New Zealand when the goods arrive, otherwise taxes/duties will be applicable.

Apart from this, you would also need:

  • Copy of passport
  • Bill of lading, seaway bill o airway bill (Wisse Moving takes care of this)
  • Detailed inventory (Wisse Moving will take care of this)
  • List of wine collection if applicable. Evidence will be required that the collection has been collected over a period of time, and is of various types.
  • Receipts for new items

The majority of household goods are inspected by the MPI Quarantine Service. Some items may have to be cleaned or treated for fumigation. It is very important that all items are clean, especially bycicles, garden furniture etc.

Due to a change of law by the New Zealand Quarantine (MPI), container cannot go directly from port to residence. All containers have to be unloaded and inspected before being reloaded and delivered to residence.

Forbidden items for moving to New Zealand:

You cannot include the following items in the container, or the following items are forbidden to import as part of a move:

  • Live animals / plants
  • Firearms, weapons
  • Ivory in any form, tortoise or sea turtle jewelry or ornaments, animal bone carvings, cat skins or coats, trophies of sea turtles, all big cats, rare reptiles, cranes, pheasants, bears, antelope and deer.
  • Drugs, medicines, drug paraphernalia
  • Pornographic materials or those that promote, incite, or instruct in matters of crime or violence, or misuse of drugs
  • Goods designed with the intent to facilitate crime
  • Food, perishable goods
  • Hazardous goods

This information should only be used as a rough guide. Customs regulations may change anytime, and it is the New Zealand customs authorities that decide whether you con import your move, and whether duties or taxes are payable or not.

Importing motor vehicles in New Zealand

The documents required to import a car as part of your move in New Zealand are:

  • Copy of passport
  • Registration papers, which state the lenght of ownership of the vehicle
  • Car condition report
  • Sales invoice
  • Statement of compliance
  • Owner of the goods code form
  • Supplyer code form
  • Deed of undertaking

Vehicles can be imported duty- and tax free if they are imported by a person who:

  • Is present in New Zealand
  • Has a document authorizing residency at the time of import
  • Lived abroad more than a year
  • Has owned and personally used the goods more than a year before import
  • Must sign a deed of undertaking, confirming that the vehicle is for personal use, and will not be sold for two years

GST of 15% is applied to private vehicles that have not been used or owned for more than 12 months. The vehicle must have been owned and used for at least 12 months prior to the shipping of the vehicle or the owner’s departure for New Zealand, whichever is earlier.