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If you are planning to move to New Zealand on a budget, then you need to make sure you have the best cost-saving measures in place for the entire trip. This includes everything from your initial planning all the way through to moving day. There is a lot that goes into moving from Australia to New Zealand but taking the time to plan and organise can help you save in the long run.  

At Overseas Packers & Shippers, we pride ourselves on delivering premium overseas shipping services – including those moving across the Tasman Sea. Here are our 3 top tips for moving to New Zealand on a budget.  

Plan Ahead to Move To New Zealand On A Budget

1. Plan Ahead  

One of the main ways to save on money during your move to New Zealand from Australia is to ensure that every box is ticked well in advance of moving day. Planning ahead will allow you to accommodate any unexpected changes that occur with enough time left over and save you the stress of worrying about not getting all your flights and accommodation booked.  

Speaking of flights and accommodation, purchasing your plane tickets and hotels early will almost always be cheaper than if you leave it to the last minute.  

Finally, make sure you have all your essential documentation ready to go well ahead of time. If you need to renew your passport, visa, or birth certificate with little time before your move, you may have to pay an extra fee for the process to be fast-tracked.  

2. Choose Sea Freight Over Air Freight  

New Zealand may be one of the closest countries to Australia, but transporting your goods and belongings is still going to be an expense you need to budget for. However, there are ways to cut down on the costs.  

When choosing your international mover and packers for New Zealand, it is cheaper to have your belongings shipped over by sea rather than by air. Packing your possessions on a plane will mean that they arrive at your new home a lot quicker, but this also comes at a much higher price point.  

Choosing sea freight for shipping your goods has the downside that you will be waiting a bit longer before they arrive in New Zealand, but you will be saving a lot of money overall. So when choosing your moving company from Australia to New Zealand, make sure that they are offering sea transport for the best cost savings.  

Move to New Zealand On A Budget

3. Only Take What’s Necessary  

When it comes time to pack up your belongings for New Zealand, really ask yourself: what do I absolutely need to bring over with me? The less stuff you take with you to New Zealand, the less you will have to pay for its transport.  

This goes for both big and small belongings. A few books won’t add too much weight to your belongings, but a large book collection is going to be heavy and take up a lot of space in your shipping container.  

It is worth doing your research to see whether it is more cost-effective to bring certain belongings, or to leave, store, or sell them while you are still in Australia. Selling valuable pieces of technology and furniture may actually help you get the money you need to fund part of your move. So comb over your possessions with a magnifying glass and only take what is really necessary.  

Moving to New Zealand with Overseas Packers & Shippers  

Overseas Packers & Shippers provides affordable international moving services to New Zealand without ever compromising on quality. For our help in managing a move to Aoteroa on a budget, contact us today.