When you decide on a move to New Zealand, you need experts on hand to offer friendly and professional service. Greens Removals have a wealth of experience in undertaking removals to New Zealand and will ensure that your business or household makes the journey across the world without a hitch, as well as taking charge of it all at a competitive price. We are based in the UK and will organise your whole move, whether your destination is Auckland, North Shore, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton, Dunedin, Waitakere, Tauranga, Hastings, Lower Hutt or Palmerston North.
Greens Removals are registered with BAR for moves abroad and we also hold all three European and British Quality Service Standards for the removals industry. Contact us with your requirements and we will provide expert and professional service, appointing a manager for your international move to ensure it goes smoothly. The service is geared towards your needs, whether you want us to pack and unpack for you or provide a combination of storage and air freight or transportation by container for your household and business goods.
When you book removals to New Zealand through Greens, you can take advantage of a wide range of services, depending on your needs. These could include:
Provision of the packaging materials you need to transport your household and business items securely.
Professional packing and unpacking if this option is required.
Full and part-load services for transporting your goods to New Zealand, together with storage.
Expert help and advice over paperwork, shipping and Customs regulations.
Specialist insurance for your move.
Transport of valuables, including pets, vehicles and other items.
Free quotes for your move are available and will take into account all your requirements.
Our experts on removals to New Zealand will work closely with you all the way, helping you to make informed choices about the best combination of services for your move.
Moving to New Zealand: About New Zealand
New Zealand is similar to the UK in terms of size, covering around 270,000 square kilometres, yet it has a population of only around four million people, giving a great feeling of space. In its south-west Pacific setting, it is made up of two main islands, the North and South Island, plus a large number of smaller ones, including Stewart Island. The country is divided into 16 regions, each governed either by an elected regional council or by a territorial authority.
The landscape is breathtakingly varied, including everything from mountains and forests to glaciers and a rugged coastline with beautiful sandy beaches. The climate also features some dramatic variations, from subtropical summers in the far north of New Zealand to extremely cold winters in the far south. However, most of the country is temperate, with plenty of sunshine, a fairly high level of rainfall and mild weather in winter.
New Zealand is often said to be the world's youngest country. There has been a lot of debate about when and how the first Polynesian settlers arrived in the islands, but it is thought that most of them travelled to the country in canoes in around 1300 AD, bringing with them their Maori culture. Abel Tasman was the first European explorer to journey to New Zealand, in 1642, followed by Captain James Cook, who reached the country in 1769, during the first of his three famous voyages.
With many creatures which are not found in any other part of the world, the country is famous for its wildlife. The most celebrated of all is the iconic Kiwi, a flightless bird which has become a national symbol. Kiwis are mainly found in forest areas, but can also be found in grassland and are hard to spot in the wild. More unusual birds include the endangered Kakapo, which is the world's largest species of parrot, and yellow-eyed and blue penguins. The Tuatara is a unique reptile which can live to the age of 100, with a jaw which looks like a beak. The only native land mammals are New Zealand's bats, but the country also has animals which live in water, including sea lions and the endangered Hector's Dolphin.
New Zealand has many beautiful areas to visit, with one must-see spot being Rotorua, a city surrounded by geysers and hot springs. The sandy beaches of the Coromandel peninsula, the Franz Josef glacier in the Westland national park and the spectacular peaks of the Milford Sound are just a few of the country's other major tourist attractions. There are relatively few major cities, but Auckland, the country's largest centre of population, has many attractions including the Sky Tower. The capital city, Wellington, is also well worth a visit.
Moving to New Zealand: Language
Although English is the dominant language, Maori is also an official language. New Zealand Sign Language is recognised as a third official language.
Moving to New Zealand: Local Customs and Etiquette
New Zealanders, nicknamed Kiwis, tend to be fairly informal and not to stand on ceremony; so you will quickly find yourself on first-name terms with people. Most restaurants do not have dress codes, and tipping is not usually expected. When walking along pavements, people normally keep to the left to avoid getting in the way of pedestrians coming in the opposite direction. Maoris often sing songs to one another and may expect visitors to reciprocate, so it is a good idea to be prepared for this.
Standard business hours are 8.30am to 5pm, from Monday to Friday, and from 9am to 12.30pm on Saturday.
Moving to New Zealand: Electricity
The electrical current in New Zealand is 230 volts, 50 Hz, which is similar to the UK.However, along with Australia,New Zealand uses different electrical plugs to those in most other countries, featuring three flat pins, including an earthing pin, so, when arranging removals to New Zealand, you may need to use an adaptor for electrical equipment you take with you.
Moving to New Zealand: Time
New Zealand Standard Time is 12 hours later than GMT. However, New Zealand Summer Time runs from September to April, during which period the time is 13 hours later than GMT.
Moving to New Zealand - Visas
UK citizens will usually be provided with a visitor visa for up to six months on arrival in New Zealand, under visa waiver arrangements, but you will need to be able to produce evidence of your right to live in the UK permanently.
If you want to work in New Zealand temporarily or permanently, you will probably need to apply for a temporary work visa or you can apply to be allowed entry as a skilled migrant. Full details are available from the Immigration New Zealand website.