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If you are planning on moving to New Zealand in 2023, then you need to consider all the costs involved. When moving to NZ from Australia, it’s important to budget for both the move itself and what your new life will be like across the Tasman. 

At Overseas Packers & Shippers, we provide exceptional international moving services to countries around the world, including New Zealand. Here are some of the key considerations for the costs of moving and living in Aotearoa in 2023 so you are best prepared to make a new life for yourself and your family. 

How Much Does it Cost when Moving to New Zealand in 2023

How Much Does it Cost to Move to New Zealand?

There are multiple factors that influence how much it costs to move to New Zealand from Australia. How many belongings you bring over, whether you need to hire a container (and whether you choose shipping or air freight), which cities you are moving between, how many people are moving with you, and a lot more. 

According to recent data from, the average shipping freight cost from Sydney to Auckland in 2023 is approximately $400-500, while the average air freight cost from the same locations is approximately $3500. These numbers are only estimates and can vary significantly depending on the factors discussed above. 

However, if you are considering moving to New Zealand on a budget, then it is advised that you book your plane tickets as early as possible, choose sea freight over air, and limit your possessions to only the necessities as methods of reducing costs.

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How Much Money Do You Need to Live in New Zealand? 

The cost of living in New Zealand has risen by a noticeable amount in recent years, with property prices being the most affected. Auckland is by far the largest city in the country by both population and employment opportunities, but its average house price in 2023 is currently $1.2 million NZD or $1.1 million AUD. Not every New Zealand city is this expensive, with major centres like Christchurch, Rotorua, and Palmerston North being much more affordable. 

The average monthly cost of living also changes depending on what New Zealand city you move to. If you move to one of the major cities (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton, Dunedin) you can expect to pay $3000-4000 NZD per month for yourself, and between $5000-7000 NZD per month for a family. These costs do go down if you live in one of the country’s regional centres, so be sure to budget appropriately before and after your move. 

What are Some of the Highest Paying Jobs in New Zealand? 

If you are thinking of using a moving company from Australia to NZ, then it is highly recommended you already have employment lined up for when you arrive. While any job will be beneficial, here are a list of some of top paying professions in New Zealand: 

  • Surgeons and Medical Specialists
  • Psychiatrists
  • General Practitioners 
  • Information Technology Managers
  • Legal Professionals (e.g., Solicitors, Barristers)
  • Financial Managers and Controllers
  • Mining Engineers
  • Air Traffic Controllers
  • Senior Government Officials
  • Construction Project Managers

These jobs typically offer the largest annual salary out of any in New Zealand, although it is important to note there are plenty of other careers worth pursuing in the country which has a thriving services, agriculture and tourism industry. 

Moving to New Zealand in 2023 with Overseas Packers & Shippers 

If you need an international moving company that will support you in every step of relocating from Australia to New Zealand, then contact the friendly team at Overseas Packer & Shippers today!