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Moving to the Gold Coast, Australia

For many Kiwis, living on the Gold Coast is a dream. Warm weather, beaches, theme parks and a great dining scene make it an attractive prospect. It’s a great option for families, young people and entrepreneurs alike.

If you are moving to the Gold Coast and require the services of an efficient and capable international shipping company, then Ausmove are your ideal choice. They have in-depth knowledge of moving to Australia and the process to move there from 25 years of experience moving Kiwis across the ditch.

Ausmove can expertly handle all aspects of your move including packing and unpacking, shipping, insurance, delivery, storage and customs. We provide door to door services for selected or entire house contents.

Affordable Moving and Shipping to the Gold Coast from New Zealand

Ausmove provides quality, timely and safe moving and shipping services. It’s more than just competent service and years of experience - prices are also very competitive and affordable. Quotes are fixed yet tailored to match any changes in your requirements.

Send us a list of what you need to move to the Gold Coast and we’ll quote for shipping.

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Australia

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

Why use Ausmove for your relocation to the Gold Coast?

Ausmove have been moving New Zealanders across the Tasman for 25 years. We are expert movers having successfully moved household goods, vehicles, animals and all sorts of personal effects to the Gold Coast. Our customer service begins as soon as you initiate contact with us and runs through our entire working time with you.

We have a skilled team that is trained in everything involving international packing, so your goods reach Australia in perfect condition. Our agents in Australia are experienced and maintain our quality of service all the way to your Gold Coast front door.

Get a quote today for moving to the Gold Coast

Contact us for a quote today. We provide all the details now so you have no surprises later. Our consultants can also provide all the information you need to guide you through your moving process.

Let us make your move to the Gold Coast easy and stress free; get a free quote from us today.

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Quick Facts Kiwis Should Know about Queensland’s Gold Coast

The Gold Coast has a population of about half a million people and is growing at a consistent rate of 2.25%. The great attraction of the area is the amazing weather- it has about 300 days of sunshine every day! In summer, temperatures reach about 30°C, in winter it’s mild with average temperatures of about 21°C.

Statistic Detail
Approximate population 500,000+ annual growth ~2.25%
Climate Sunny for most of the year with approximately 300 days of sunshine in a year
Public Transport Bus, train, car, tram, taxis
Average summer temperatures Up to 28°Celsius
Average winter temperatures Up to 21°Celsius

Is the Gold Coast the best place to live in Australia?

The Gold Coat is an increasingly popular choice for people to live in because of how diverse it is. It is an excellent choice for individuals and families alike. It has great weather, 57 km of pristine beaches with great surfing, affordable living, easy transportation and is safe for families.

General things to consider when moving to the Gold Coast

When moving to a new city, it is important to consider many factors, especially when it is a long term move or you’re moving with family. Your source of income also affects the choices you make.

Gold Coast canals

Residential Canals, Gold Coast

General things to consider when moving to the Gold Coast

When moving to a new city, it is important to consider many factors, especially when it is a long term move or you’re moving with family. Your source of income also affects the choices you make.


The cost of living in the Gold Coast is considered average for Australia.


The Gold Coast is a safe place to live. The crime rate on par with the rest of Australia. Drug related crime and real estate crime and the most common forms of offending.


Healthcare is provided by public and private organizations and New Zealanders are eligible for the Medicare program that can help with health care costs.


Traffic in the Gold Coast is mostly light and only gets busy at peak periods such as 7am - 9am, 4:30pm – 6:00pm and Friday afternoons. It’s still good when compared with bigger cities.

Property affordability

Property can be expensive in the Gold Coast due to its constantly increasing population. It is important you reach out to real estate agents or experts before your move, even if you are considering renting.


With about 300 day of sunshine every year, the Gold Coast has a sub-tropical climate. Humidity hardly drops below 65%.

Environment quality

The Gold Coast is considered one of the most bio diverse places in Australia, with a lot of native vegetation, natural landscapes, and rainforests. The city constantly makes efforts to preserve its natural environment for the increasing population.

Richland historic district

Richland Historic District, Gold Coast

History of the Gold Coast

6000 years ago, the Gold Coast was originally inhabited by the indigenous people such as the Kombumerri, Yugambeh and Bundjalung people. By the 1860's, whites started settling in the area, bringing along expansion in agriculture. The city was a base for Australian and US servicemen during the World War II and there was a real estate boom soon after the war. It continued and still continues to develop and grow.


The city has an average annual growth of almost 4% and receives over 13 million visitors every year. The economy of the area is valued above $33 billion and continues to thrive.


Perth plays an important role in the economy of Western Australia. It serves as the economic and support service base for large-scale mining activities outside the city. Many mining corporations have their headquarters in Perth, which serves as the base for engineers, miners, scientists and others involved in the industry. Due to its geographic isolation, Perth was only able to develop a small manufacturing industry to support the needs of local residents. With urbanisation and improvements in transport services, however, Perth’s manufacturing sector is growing rapidly. The service sector continues to provide the largest number of jobs for Perth residents.

Gold Coast tourist attractions

Top rated tourist attractions include:

  • Surfers Paradise Beach
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Cavill Avenue in Surfer’s Paradise
  • Warner Bros Movie World
  • Sea World
  • Lamington National Park
  • Dream World
  • Gold Coast City Art Gallery
  • Coolangatta

What suburbs to live in on the Gold Coast?

What suburb you want to live in depends on your lifestyle, family situation, and where you’ll be working. However, there are a number of more desired suburbs. You’ll want to check on proximity to schools, shops, and restaurants (and the beach too if you’re a surfer!) Get in touch with real estate agents in the area to help guide your decision.

  • Bundall
  • Broadbeach Waters
  • Talia
  • Coombabah
  • Labrador
  • Bigerra Waters
  • Molendinar
  • Helensvale

Your guide for moving to the Gold Coast from New Zealand

Moving to the Gold Coast is more than just moving your belongings. Sorting out visas, where to live, how to live, laws and system, moving and storing your things can be a lot to manage. Here is a guide to help you with making the right choices before the big move.

Immigration requirements

New Zealanders get a Special Category Visa on arrival to Aussie. This visa allows you to live and work in the Gold Coast for as long as you like. You are entitled to varying levels of Medicare, family tax benefit, childcare benefits and other family payments. However, you won’t get social welfare payments, student loans or youth allowance.

Approximate transit time for household goods to the Gold Coast

Transit time is largely dependent on the shipping method and the transit time for a shared container may not be the same as transit time for a container just for your belongings.

For a sole use container, it would take approximately 5-8 weeks for your contents, and 6-11 weeks for a shared container. For urgent items, air freight will take 5-7 days to arrive.

Ausmove services extend to special items. It doesn’t matter how big or fragile the item you need to move is, we can get it done. Just get in touch with us and we can work out the best available options for you.

Packing your belongings

Packing can be a big task but we can get it done for you efficiently. We use the best packing methods to ensure your goods arrive in one piece. We have custom built cartons and wooden crates to fit various items, even the most fragile you can confidently ship.

If you want to pack your own belongings, we can provide packing materials and a guide to help the process.

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Storing your belongings in NZ or the Gold Coast

We provide storage services in New Zealand and at your destination in the Gold Coast at affordable prices. If you haven’t sorted out your plans 100% yet, we recommend storing in Australia so your goods will be available when you are ready for them.

Insuring your belongings

We offer various insurance options to our clients. Our policies are tailored to suit the needs of our customers who have specific requirements while shipping their possessions to Australia.

Australian customs

We can help you navigate through customs so that your belongings aren’t unnecessarily delayed or impounded. Border agents will inspect your goods upon arrival and charge duty and customs fees as required. Ausmove make sure all your paperwork is filled out with all that’s required.

Setting up your home in the Gold Coast

Where you live is important; it has to be safe and secure, as well as affordable and accessible. You must make living choices that suite you, and then get to know your new environment before making permanent decisions.

Rent or buy?

If you can afford it, it may be better to buy than rent on the Gold Coast. If you can’t afford to buy, the Gold Coast has options for renters. The approximate median rental price is 678 AUD per week in Clear Island, to the cheapest in Springbrook of 335 AUD per week. Talk to a real estate agent and decide what works best for you, especially if you intend to be on the Gold Coast for a while.

School options on the Gold Coast

There are many options to pick from for education at any level, up to university. There are public and private schools you can choose from. Public schools are free and accessible by everyone whilst private schools require annual fees. The city is home to four universities as well as some private colleges. There are also vocational education and training institutions as well as English Language schools available to choose from.

Utilities in the Gold Coast

There are several utility providers you can choose from to meet your basic needs. You can check currently updated prices on utilities online to give you an idea on pricing.

Getting around the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast has plenty of transportation options to get you to your destinations. The city is serviced by trains, buses, ferries and taxis with a lot of self-drive options.

The City works in Partnership with Translink, providing several options for public transportation; trains, buses, tram services as well as community and complementary transport services. There are also taxis, ferries and water taxis available.

Toll roads use free-flow electronic tolling that allows users to drive without stopping to pay the toll. However, you would be required to contact and arrange with relevant toll road operators for payments within 3 days of travel.

Gold Coast Airport

Located about 20km from Surfer’s paradise, the Gold Coast airport is busy and welcomes over 400 domestic and international flights every week. It is serviced by a number of ground transportation operators so you don’t have to worry about reaching your intended destination when you arrive.

Gold Coast Light Rail tram crossing Olsen Ave Gold Coast

Tram crossing in Gold Coast

Gold Coast Airport

Located about 20km from Surfer’s paradise, the Gold Coast airport is busy and welcomes over 400 domestic and international flights every week. It is serviced by a number of ground transportation operators so you don’t have to worry about reaching your intended destination when you arrive.

Shipping your car or motorcycle to the Gold Coast

Need to ship your car or motorbike to the Gold Coast? Give us a call to discuss how to do it.

Getting a driving license

With your special category visa, you can apply for a driving licence for the same class as your foreign licence. You won’t need to pass the written or practical road test if you have a recent (last 5 years) New Zealand license.

Car licensing and registration

As a New Zealander, if you have held a New Zealand driver’s licence for the last five years that corresponds with a class C, RE or R driver’s licence, you will not need to pass the written road test or practical driving test if you are applying for a car licence.


From accommodation, to keeping pets, to businesses, there are a number of laws and processes in place that you must follow. You can find out details by contacting the local council or visiting their website.

Electoral roll requirements

To be on the electoral roll, you have to:

  • Be an Australian citizen.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have lived at your address for at least a month.

Pet registration

You have to register any pets. Some animals are illegal to keep as pets on the Gold Coast without a permit and some are completely prohibited. You can get in touch with the local council to find out which pets you can keep and do your pet registration.

Recreational activities in the Gold Coast

There are so many recreational activities to enjoy thanks to the beautiful environment in place.

  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Cycling and bike ways
  • Jet skiing
  • Public barbeques
  • Swimming
  • Bush walking
  • Dog exercise areas
  • Water parks and theme parks
  • Surfing and stand-up paddle boarding

Gold Coast Morib Resort

Morib Resort water-park in the Gold Coast

Cost of moving to the Gold Coast

The general cost of moving to the Gold Coast will include shipping costs, storage, insurance, renting while you find a home, as well as all the other bits and pieces you invariably need when you arrive at your destination.

Our shipping prices are fixed and dependent on the specific list of items you want to move. If you need to remove or add any items to your list at any point, prices can be adjusted accordingly.

How to simplify the move process

We have experienced moving consultants who can visit your home and help establish the packing requirements as well as identify any unique moving needs you might have. They will also answer any questions you might have and point you in the right direction to make your move as stress free as possible.

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What are the best suburbs to live in the Gold Coast?

Where you want to live on the Gold Coast is largely dependent on factors like distance to work, school or family, utilities and your preference as per how busy and quiet the area can be.

  • Bundall. 5/5. Ranked 1st best suburb in Gold Coast.
  • Broadbeach Waters. 4.5/5.
  • Labrador. 4.5/5.
  • Biggera Waters. 4.5/5.
  • Tallai. 4.5/5.

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Is there lots to do in the city?

Thanks to the great environment, there is plenty to do on the Gold Coast. There are many Gold Coast parks, events, history and heritage, theme parks, community centres, libraries, and several recreational activities.

Will I experience any culture shock?

The city is quite diverse in ethnicity but very urbanised so you are unlikely to experience any culture shock. The people in the Gold Coast are from various countries and blending in is quite easy.

Can I bring my pet to the Gold Coast?

Yes, you can bring your pet to the Gold Coast but you have to make sure that it is not on the prohibited list and find out how to go about the registration process. It is best to do all of this before your move to avoid breaking any laws.

How does the Gold Coast differ from Auckland?

Both cities are great, with the major difference between them is the weather and cost of living. The cost of living in the Gold Coast is significantly lower than in Auckland. The weather in the Gold coast is also great. There are more theme parks as well and great warm beaches.

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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