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Are you moving to Adelaide? Need an experienced, professional, international moving company to move your family's household and personal effects? Need your vehicles and pets moved too?

You have come to the right place! Ausmove have been helping New Zealanders move to Australia for over 25 years now – it’s our speciality as one of the oldest international moving companies in New Zealand

Not only are we an experienced and professional relocation company but we are also very competitively priced.

We will securely and professionally pack your household belongings, provide you all the boxes, and packing material. We process your moving documentation and deliver your household goods in a safe and efficient manner - door to door.

Adelaide Torrens River

Torrens River, Adelaide - Australia

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With Ausmove, we’ll furnish you with everything you need to know when you give us a call for your quote. Our expert movers will try to get all the info needed and may set an appointment to set things in motion.

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Door to Door Service is standard for Ausmove

We work exclusively with one of Australia's oldest and largest removalists which allows us to provide a seamless door to door service. Our service includes full Customs and Quarantine clearances in Australia and delivery to your new aussie home.

Why move to Adelaide from New Zealand

Just a four and a half hour flight from Auckland, Adelaide is the capital of and gateway to South Australia with year round events and experiences to enjoy with a good public transport system making it easy to get around.

A diverse population of just over a million means Adelaide is busy but not as busy as other major cities in Australia.

Adelaide offers some of Australia’s best dining experiences and includes world famous wine and food regions of the Barossa, Clare Valley and McLaren Vale. All within a 90 minute drive. Adelaide is referred to as the wine and food capital of Australia with the population diversity meaning there is plenty of choice of cuisines.

Most of Adelaide’s fantastic beaches are less than 30 minutes from the city centre or you could go further afield to the Fleurieu Peninsula just an hour away.  The warm climate means you can enjoy the beaches almost all year round.

The Limestone Coast links Melbourne with Adelaide via the spectacular Great Ocean Road.

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Adelaide is one of the most famous cities when it comes to Australia. It is commonly known as the ‘festival state’ and is also famous for its wine regions. It is the capital of South Australia and currently stands as the country’s fifth-most populous area. The city has a unique cultural heritage and it’s very liveable, as living costs are reasonable and there’s access to essential infrastructure and quality education.

These reasons are why many Kiwis choose the windy city for a fresh start. If you have weighed up your options for a move to Australia and have chosen Adelaide, then you’ve made a great choice. The next step is planning your move and you’ll want it to go as smoothly as possible. That shouldn’t be an issue as long as you have the right movers helping you in your transition.

Move to Adelaide from New Zealand Without Hassle

Moving home is never easy, not to mention crossing the sea. But this difficulty will naturally be more pronounced when you to try to juggle everything yourself. There are many things that you should handle and put in place when you’ve finalised your decision to move to Adelaide. However, for the part where you actually move your things, you should leave it to the experts and you’ll find that life will be all the easier for you as a result. Your responsibility is to ensure you’re picking the right professionals for the job.

Why Choose Ausmove for Your Adelaide Move

With over two decades of experience moving New Zealand families to all over Australia, we’re the right option to get you and your things to Adelaide without fuss. We will ensure your belongings are carefully packed, securely stored, and delivered to the doorstep of your new home in a timely, professional fashion. But that’s not all that make us the right choice. Despite being one of the oldest international movers in the country, our prices are also highly competitive, which means that your move won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Call our experts today to find out how we can make your move happen fast!

Why You Should Move to Adelaide

Adelaide is the capital of festivities in Australia. With wine regions, a superb cultural life, and amazingly friendly locals, you have made the best decision on where to live. You can enjoy the buzz of the city and the calmness of the inner areas. There is also interesting cuisine you can try, thanks to the diversity of settlers in the region. You can easily connect to Melbourne via the Lime Coast and soak in the wonderful sight that is the Great Coast Road.

What’s more, as a New Zealand citizen, you won’t have to jump through too many hoops when you migrate, as you could be entitled to a Special Category Visa (SCV) which allows you to study, work, and live indefinitely in Australia. You could also benefit from the economic growth of Adelaide as its tech and alternative energy industries are teeming with opportunities.

Disadvantages of Moving to Adelaide from New Zealand

There’s a lot to enjoy in Adelaide but you should note that there are some cons that will come with moving. The main disadvantages are that:

  • You’ll not have access to social security benefits and student loans as a non-permanent resident
  • Landing your dream job may be difficult and you may have to start with something you don’t like as much.
  • Accommodation may be expensive, depending on your pay grade.

General Things to Consider When Moving to Adelaide

When moving to Adelaide, you have to ask yourself certain questions before making a final decision. You should be sure that there’s a life for you over there that suits your personality, that your prospects of living comfortably are ensured, and that you can live with all the cons that come with moving. Also, never forget to make all the necessary arrangements before you go.

Adelaide History

Adelaide arcade 1885

^ Adelaide Arcade - built in 1885

The history of Adelaide stretches back to 1836, during colonial times. The city was named after Queen Adelaide, the then spouse of King William IV of the United Kingdom. Adelaide was established based on the ideas of Edward Gibbon Wakefield to be a colony of free immigrants. It has since developed, despite ups and downs throughout history, into a beautiful city.


Adelaide is home to more than 1.3 million people and more than 77% of South Australia's residents live here. The city boasts residents from all walks of life, as well as people of diverse cultures from all over the world.


Just like other well-established Australian cities, Adelaide has a well-equipped, modern health infrastructure with hospitals that boast highly-trained medical staff. You’ll be treated for emergencies as a New Zealand citizen through Medicare but may not be eligible for publicly-subsidised regular treatment if you’re not a permanent resident. However, you can get quality healthcare through the private sector, which also boasts word-class facilities.


Recent reports show that South Australia is set to be the leading economic region in the country due to its incredibly fast-growing economy. This is, in large part, thanks to investment in different progressive sectors such as alternative energy and high-tech innovation. Though attention received by the city is overshadowed by the media’s obsession with Melbourne and Sydney, there’s plenty of opportunity in Adelaide.


In the general sense, the city’s climate is friendly. It is the driest capital city in the country. Adelaide’s winter is mild to cool with moderate rainfall, and it has a warm to hot summer that generally has no rainfall. Summer spans from December to February with an average maximum temperature of 29̊ ⁰C, although it can go as high as 49 ⁰C at times. You should note that there have been cases of extreme summer situations such as heatwaves and bushfires. Autumn comes in March and ends in May, winter is June to August, and spring September to November. The seasons will be nothing new to Kiwis.

Crime rate

The city has received a certain reputation in the past as the ‘crime capital’ of Australia but crime has significantly decreased over the past 18 years. In fact, Adelaide was ranked the safest city in Australia in 2013, as it had the lowest crime rate in the country per population. Crime rates in the country have continued to see sharp decline, with the only consistent problem being the northern suburbs.

Notable places

There are many attractions in Adelaide and your move will surely be worth it when you can visit some of these fabulous places. Some of the places in this culture-rich city that you might want to pay regular visits to include:

  • Adelaide Botanic Garden
  • North Terrace
  • Art Gallery of South Australia
  • State Library of South Australia
  • South Australia Museum
  • Glenelg
  • Adelaide Central Market
  • Cleland Wildlife Park
  • Adelaide Zoo
  • Ayers Historic House Museum
  • Adelaide Festival Centre
  • Port Adelaide
  • Victoria Square
  • Fleurieu Peninsula

Rose Garden Fern House Botanic Park Adelaide

^ Fern House, Adelaide Botanic Park

Best Suburbs in Adelaide

Though underrated, Adelaide has some of the best liveable suburbs in the world. While almost every suburb in the city has great living standards and access to basic amenities, some are on the expensive side and might not do well for people looking for budget accommodation. In the general sense, however, here are some of the best places to live when you get to Adelaide:

  • Felixstow
  • North Brighton
  • Henley beach
  • Evandale
  • Glenelg
  • Vale Park
  • Aldgate
  • Hyde Park
  • Stirling

Quick Guide for Moving to Adelaide

Even though you’ll get easy entry into Adelaide as a New Zealand citizen, there are certain arrangements that, if not made correctly, could cause roadblocks or mean you have to pay exorbitant extra costs. It’d be wise to get everything in place before you hit the airport. Making sure your belongings meet requirements, you have no unfinished business in New Zealand, and have made other arrangements for both cash, accommodation, and even work – if you can.

Immigration requirements

Without having to apply for a visa, New Zealand citizens can work, study, and live in Australia indefinitely with a Special Category Visa (SCV) – so long as you have a passport. You can get your visa upon entry. Remember, however, that there are certain benefits that you won’t be able to receive with that visa unless you upgrade to a permanent resident visa or gain citizenship.

Approximate Transit Time to Adelaide

Your approximate transit time to Adelaide will depend on a lot of personal factors and there’s no timeframe that covers every situation. We understand that moving can be very individual and will work with you to ensure things are well-aligned. The kind of container you use will have a bearing on the time your belongings will take to arrive so it’s important that you prepare well in advance. You can get in touch with us to understand your options and transit time.

Packing Your Belongings

It’s crucial that you pack your belongings up to standard to avoid extra costs when you get to customs. Repacking can come at a hefty fee that you may not be prepared for. So, make sure you’re getting expert guidance when you pack or, better still, let us handle it for you - then you can be assured that your belongings will be packed the right way.

Storing Your Belongings

We have world-class moving partners in Australia with state-of-the-art storage facilities that can house your belongings in case they arrive before you. Our New Zealand Storage sites are also built to standard to keep your belongings stored securely. Arranging storage in New Zeeland can be the right move if you’re going away for some time but aren’t sure of a permanent move.

Insuring Your Belongings

It’s recommended that you insure your belongings before you move so that you are prepared regardless of what goes wrong. Our experts can advise you on the best policies for insuring your things.

Australian Customs

The job of Australian customs is to make sure your belongings meet requirements and you don’t bring banned goods into the country. They will also collect tax on any of your belongings that qualify. Your household belongings must be yours and have been in your possession for at least one year for you to gain entry; cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, and commercial goods will be levied upon entry.

Australian Quarantine

The Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) is responsible for inspecting your goods for pests and will put them through fumigation or steam cleaning (for cars) if they’re infected. We recommend that you thoroughly clean your belongings to escape the high charges that come with inspection.

Shipping Your Car or Motorcycle

You can ship your car or motorcycle to Adelaide, which will cost between $2,500-$4,000 depending on their size or the state it’s in. You may need an import permit as Australia’s vehicle industry goes through stringent regulation. You could also possibly incur import duty and GST. We can help you with a comprehensive guide to moving and using your car or motorcycle when you call us and provide details.

Settling Down

You can settle down easy in Adelaide as long as you prepare the right way. A big factor that will define this, in part, is the way you move your things. With AusMove, your peace of mind is assured and we’ll make sure things go smoothly by delivering your belongings to your doorstep.

House hunting

The common practice for most rentals in Australia is that you’ll be required to put in an application for tenancy with documents such as your bank statement for the last three months, a written reference from your former landlord as well as their contact information, among many other things.

Finding a job

The job market in Adelaide is rich with opportunities but don’t expect to waltz in and land your dream job. You may have to start small and work your way up. However, you can try sites like CareerOne or Seek to find a job before you leave.

Recognition of NZ qualifications

Your NZ qualifications, such as a degree from a university or polytechnic or license for certain practices, will be recognised in Australia as this is covered by the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement. You’ll not be required to undergo additional testing and/or examination either.


As a New Zealand citizen, you’ll be able to study in any school in Australia with your SCV without the need for a student visa and you’ll also be paying domestic fees rather than the international fees which are applicable to most foreign students in Australia. However, note that without a permanent visa, you may not be eligible to access student loans.

Finding a school for your kids in Adelaide

If your kids have their NZ child passport, then they can move with you to Adelaide and study in the city. We can provide more advice and point you in the right direction when you give us details about the particular area you’re moving to.

Marryatville High School, Adelaide

^ Marryatville High School, Adelaide

Living in Adelaide permanently

If you’re moving permanently to the windy city, ensure you have everything in place over there before you go. Outstanding things like your pensions, tax debt, and others should be handled to make sure things go well. While you’re in Australia you can apply for a permanent visa, but this has gotten difficult.

Cost of moving to Adelaide

The cost involved in moving to Adelaide will largely depend on what you’re moving and the means by which you’re moving your things. Using a shared or sole container or an air freight, as well as where you’re moving from in New Zealand and your destination in Adelaide, will be determining factors.

Get a free quote for your move to Adelaide

You should have the peace of mind that you’ll get the best price out there with AusMove and we’ll furnish you with everything you need to know when you give us a call for your quote. Our expert movers will try to get all the info needed and may set an appointment to set things in motion.

Get Your Free Quote

For a trusted, reliable and competitive moving service to Adelaide.

Or for further information on moving to Adelaide please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or for immediate assistance call 09 360 4777.

Questions That Will Be Asked by Your Chosen Moving Company

To help make sure your move is as smooth as possible and that there are no logistics errors in your way, you’ll be asked certain questions. These questions will cover all that’s needed to arrange a successful transfer of your things as well as easy settlement for you when you arrive in Adelaide.

What day of the week are you moving?

This will help us understand how to place your shipment and align your move with how you’ll get your property delivered.

What part of New Zealand are you moving from?

Regardless of the part of New Zealand that you’re moving from, we can get you and your family settled in Adelaide without hassle by transporting your belongings the right way. We’ll need the details of your location to ensure we get things in order, as different parts of the country require separate preparatory and moving measures.

What part of Adelaide are you moving to?

At AusMove, we move families and can transport your belongings from door to door. So, whatever part of Adelaide you’re moving to, trust that we can get your things right to the doormat of your new home. All you have to do is help us with the details of your next location and we can advise you on how things will ideally go.

How big is your current house?

This will help us work out the size of the belongings you’re looking to transport with you. With the right details of your house size, we can advise you on the ideal size you should go for in Adelaide, to ensure things fit well. With the knowledge about the size of your belongings, we can also work out the right shipment plan for you.


How to prepare for moving to Adelaide?

It’s always important to plan your move well in advance, as much as you possibly can. This will ensure that your transition to your new city will be as smooth as possible.

What is the cost of living in Adelaide?

Living in Adelaide is less expensive than Melbourne or Sydney, but you may have to pay high fees if you live in a luxury area. On average, however, you should budget between $19,830-$25,850 for annual expenses without rent, which will be higher if you’re moving with family. You can give us a call for more streamlined estimates.

What are the difficulties you'll face when you are moving to Adelaide?

You’ll certainly face difficulties if you don’t prepare properly. However, with our help, we’ll ensure that things are done right and will apply our experience to ensure the difficulties you face will be minimal.

Is there any discrimination from the locals?

The locals are friendly, and you’ll find a lot of Kiwis here too.

What are the things to like about Adelaide?

There’s a lot to like about Adelaide. The living conditions are very agreeable, the economy is experiencing a boost, certain suburbs have an amazing night life, there is diverse cuisine, lots of festivities and cultural activities, and do not forget the amazing wine regions.

Are there any bad things about Adelaide?

The only negative things you need to think about are the relatively high cost of living, uncertainty about getting a job, and the high crime rate in the northern suburbs – an area we strongly advise you to avoid.

Is it easy to make new friends in Adelaide?

Making new friends shouldn’t be an issue if you have an outgoing personality. There are also Kiwis here so your prospects of blending in are on the high side.

Is Adelaide a good place to live?

Adelaide is a superb place to live. In fact, it ranked in the top liveable places in the World’s Most Liveable Cities list of The Economist and has stayed in the top ten for more than six years.

Our Fixed Price Guarantee:

Our Fixed Price Guarantee:

Unlike many other movers, we will provide you with a fixed quote based on your specific list of items.

Should you wish to add or remove any items, we will adjust our fixed quote accordingly. Hence, no nasty surprises at the end of the move process.

Our Service Promise:

Our Service Promise:

  • We will listen to your individual needs and requirements.
  • We will provide a prompt, competitive quote with in one working day.
  • We will provide you with the highest level of service.
Free In-Home Consultation:

Free In-Home Consultation:

If you are moving the majority of your household items from New Zealand to Australia, one of Ausmoves experienced relocation consultants will visit your home to establish your specific packing requirements and any unique moving needs. Learn more about moving to Australia from NZ.

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