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How do I ship or export my car from Australia to New Zealand

So you want to take your car to New Zealand – here is some basic information you will need to know.

There are 2 ways of shipping your car:   Shipping cars to New Zealand


Using a RORO (roll on roll off service) – this is car ferry – your car is driven on this end and driven off at its destination.

A plus  with using this type of service – it is far more cost effective than packing your car into a container. 

Shipping Container

Your car is packed into a shipping container – this is more expensive but you will also have the option of packing personal effects in the container as well.

What New Zealand Ports do you ship to?

  • Auckland
  • Wellington
  • Nelson
  • Christchurch (Lyttleton)
  • Dunedin (Port Chalmers)

exporting cars to New ZealandWe are a no frills service.  We offer shipment of your car from Port to Port only which is why our rates are so competitive.

Does my car have to be compliant to New Zealand standards?

If you want to drive your car in New Zealand – then the answer is YES.

You can export any type of car into New Zealand – however – this does not mean you can drive your car.  For instance, you may be a collector or restorer of cars and so it isn’t important that the car is roadworthy when you export it.

If you do want to drive your car – ensure that it complies with New Zealand standards and it will also need to be checked to ensure road worthiness by the proper authority and issued with warrant of fitness.

Be sure to also read our blog post on how to prepare your car for shipping to New Zealand.

Below are links to some New Zealand websites which will explain what is necessary including what documents you will need.

Automobile Association New Zealand

New Zealand Transport Agency

New Zealand Customs Department

Ministry For Primary Industries