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Moving to Sydney

The home of famous beaches like Bondi and Manly, Sydney has amazing weather and a great lifestyle. It’s a bustling city with shopping galore and a bar and club scene that will make you want to go out every night.

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Affordable moving and shipping to Sydney from New Zealand

If you are intending to move to Australia from NZ, we can help you with every aspect of relocating - from packing, shipping, customs and so much more.

Our shipping rates to Sydney are very affordable. We negotiate with shipping lines and Australian agents on your behalf, saving you the hassle and ensuring our prices stay at a competitive level. Contact us any time for your free quote.

Ausmove for your Sydney moving needs

With 25 years of industry experience, our services are tailored to provide a stress-free transfer. Our highly trained consultants and professional packers will ensure your items are shipped safely and securely. Our relocation services are door-to-door with excellent transit times.

Affordable international shipping to Sydney from New Zealand

We provide relocation services from NZ to Aussie. Our door-to-door relocation experts will assist you with International-standard packing of your New Zealand home, managing your property through to Australia, and helping you unpack at your destination.

Why choose Ausmove for your move to Sydney

Secure storage

At Ausmove, we have 60,000 square feet of storage space with individual purpose-built storage nodules. With reinforced steels beams, fire-resistant properties and advanced alarms systems, our storage units provide the perfect place to keep your goods safe, prior to shipping. Our units can also be used for extended storage if you need to delay your shipment.

Pet transportation

We have years of experience moving pets to Sydney. Working with a leading animal transporter, we ensure your pets make the move with no fuss or stress whatsoever. We take care of everything, including flight booking, IATA-approved crate hire, vet inspections, documentation and clearances, as well as boarding and delivery to your new location.

Car transport

As a leader in car shipping, you can trust us to transport your vehicles safely and securely. We will also guide you through the critical application processes within the Australian Infrastructure and Regional Development, as well as provide estimates for any applicable import duties or GST for your vehicle.

Get a quote for moving to Sydney

You can contact us anytime at Ausmove; our representatives are always happy to answer any questions and provide you with all the information you need to relocate your life to Australia. Call us today for a free quote.

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Here's why move Kiwis than ever are moving to Sydney

For Kiwis, moving to Australia is fairly straightforward. In fact, Australia is sometimes considered ‘West New Zealand’, just across the water. Many Kiwis move to Australia seeking better economic opportunities, while some are looking for adventure in the Australian outback, and others go to enjoy a warmer climate. New Zealanders in Australia enjoy full residency rights. Subsequently, there is little cultural difference between the two countries. Whatever your reason for moving, we are here to make your journey easier.

Auckland vs. Sydney: What you need to know

Auckland and Sydney share similar characteristics; for instance, both have beaches and have almost the same average temperature. There is a similar cultural identity too. However, Sydney is much larger than Auckland, with a vibrant nightlife and a more expensive standard of living. Auckland has a much smaller population, but with a higher population density, due to the island’s small size. Residents of Sydney earn higher wages than their Auckland counterparts, while unemployment rates are much lower in Sydney, which is a major attraction for Kiwis. If you’re considering higher education, Sydney boasts a total of nine universities to Auckland’s five.

Sydney population demographics

New Zealanders are the fourth largest foreign demographic living in Sydney. The city is considered a melting pot of many different nationalities and cultures. The Chinese are the largest group, followed by the British. India has the third largest population, while New Zealand and Vietnam round out the top five. Other countries with established communities in Sydney include the Philippines, Lebanon, South Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, South Africa, Italy, Iraq, Indonesia, Fiji, and Nepal.

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Expat guide for New Zealanders in Sydney

When moving as an expat, there are certain things you’ll need to know about your new home. Here are a few facts about Sydney to help get you started.

History of Sydney

The first foreign colony in Australia was established and named ‘Sydney’ in 1788 by a large group of British convicts and their jailers. The young colony struggled at first but persevered to become a thriving town. The discovery of gold in the settlement drew hundreds of thousands of people to the area, leading to more infrastructure being built to accommodate these new residents. Australia’s involvement in WWII saw Sydney become an industrial city, as it worked to meet wartime needs. Sydney remains a thriving business and cultural hub to this day.

Sydney geography

Sydney sits on two distinct geographical regions: the relatively flat Cumberland Plains and the Hornsby Plateau, which features steep valleys. The city borders the Tasman Sea to the east, Hawkesbury River to the north and the Blue Mountains and Woronora plateau to the west. Its a big city so you need to know how to get around. There are many national parks in the area while Sydney’s coastline is home to over 70 beaches, with Bondi Beach being the most famous. 

Climate in Sydney

Sydney has a humid subtropical climate, with warm summers and cool winters. There is little variability in rainfall throughout the year. El-Niño plays a role in determining Sydney’s weather patterns, with seasonal droughts and bushfires attributed to this phenomenon. Australia is generally much warmer than New Zealand, so Kiwis moving to Sydney should be prepared for the difference in climate.

Languages and demographics

While English is the most widely spoken language in Sydney, a significant portion of the population speaks a different language. The most common other languages include Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Greek. More than 42% of the city’s residents are migrants. Common ethnicities found in Sydney include Korean, Serbian, Indian, Filipino and Lebanese. The largest religious groups are Catholics (28.3%), Anglicans (16.1%), Muslims (4.7%) and Buddhists (4.1%). 17.6% of the population has no religion.

Crime rate in Sydney

Crime rates in Sydney are on par with other cities in the western world. The most common crimes centre around property; these include burglary and theft and breaking and entering. These can usually be thwarted by a good alarm system and keeping valuables out of sight. Personal and household crime rates are fairly low. The use of firearms in Australia is tightly regulated; subsequently, firearms are rarely used outside of criminal activity.

Living in Sydney

Sydney is ranked tenth in the world for quality of life and classified as an ‘Alpha World City’. It is ranked eleventh in the world for economic opportunity, with strong financial and manufacturing sectors. Tourism is a major economic sector, with millions of annual visitors to attractions such as the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney Mardi Gras, as well as the famous beaches along the coast. Sydney also has many great neighbourhoods to discover and it has some of best places to shop in Australia. The standard of education in the city is also high, with the University of Sydney ranked as one of the top universities in the world. There are also so many more things to do in the great Australian city.

Cost of living

Sydney is considered an expensive city. However, the cost of living is only slightly higher than that of Auckland; therefore, Auckland residents moving to Sydney might not feel the pinch as much as others. Those living in other areas of New Zealand should expect quite an increase in the cost of amenities.

More Important Facts about Sydney

Find out more key points about Sydney as well as finding a job and working here.

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Moving to Sydney: What you need to know

Are you a Kiwi looking to move to Sydney? Here are a few things you’ll need to know about living in Australia.

Visa options for you and your family

Under the Trans-Tasman Travel Agreement, Australians and New Zealanders are free to move to each other’s countries to visit, live and work indefinitely. Kiwis are issued a Special Category Visa (SCV) upon arrival in Australia. SCVs are issued only to those who are not convicted felons and have passed relevant health checks. The Australian Department of Home Affairs has more information on visas, including permanent residency visas, which are also available to citizens of New Zealand.


An agreement between New Zealand and Australia allows the two countries to share responsibility for paying certain benefits. For instance, Australia is responsible for superannuation payments, veteran pensions and supported living payments to New Zealand citizens in Oz.


Kiwis living permanently or long-term in Australia are eligible for medical benefits from Medicare. It’s important that you arrange suitable medical insurance before travelling - or on immediately settling into the country. Having a Medicare card provides you some (although not all) of the benefits enjoyed by full Australian citizens, including free emergency hospital care and subsidised pharmaceuticals. Individuals are encouraged to take out private insurance to cover the cost of services such as dental work and ambulance transport.


There are six universities in Sydney alone. Two of them - the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales - are ranked among the top 50 in the world. Non-Australian citizens do not qualify for student loans but are eligible for certain scholarships. Sydney has a mix of public, denominational and independent schools, so you’ll have no difficulty choosing somewhere suitable for your children. Some universities maintain secondary schools in the city, with the cost of education being quite affordable.

Housing ownership

Citizens of New Zealand are eligible to own property in Australia without having to go through the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB). New Zealand permanent residents must receive approval from the FIRB to purchase property. The average price of a house in Sydney is $909,914 - the most expensive of the state capitals. If you wish to rent, your expenses will depend on whereabouts in Sydney you wish to live. For example, rent in Sydney’s inner ring is more expensive than in the city’s outer ring. Find out more about renting or buying in Sydney.

Income tax

Once you arrive in Australia, you’ll need to apply for a Tax File Number (TFN) from the Australian Tax Office. This will enable you to receive an income and subsequently income tax.


Non-Australian citizens (including New Zealanders living in Australia) are not allowed to vote in Australian elections at any level.

Citizenship options

Kiwis can apply for Australian citizenship if they are:

  • permanent residents
  • were in Australia on an SCV on 26th February 2001
  • were absent on 26th February 2001, but spent 12 months on an SCV in the two years before 2001
  • have a Centrelink certificate issued before 26th February 2001, showing that they were residing in Australia on or before that time

Children are eligible for citizenship regardless of parentage once they turn 10, provided they were born in Australia and have lived in the country most of their lives.

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Sydney lifestyle for Kiwis

Major Events

Sydney is known for its spectacular events, and you can find something happening in every season. For instance, you can enjoy Sydney’s world-famous New Year’s Eve fireworks, Sydney Festival, musical performances, as well as theatre and seasonal sporting events.

Popular groups in Sydney

You can join one or more of the numerous community groups in Sydney. Some groups such as BIKESydney, Crafty Women and the Redfern Society are open to all; meanwhile, others such as Alexandria Residents' Action Group Inc. are location based.


Sydney has a thriving eating out and food scene, influenced by the many different cultures found in the city. Many neighbourhoods have become hubs for various cultures. The city also enjoys a strong café culture.


Australia and New Zealand have a healthy rugby rivalry, and you won’t have to swap allegiance when you move. Enjoy matches in Sydney’s sports centres and take part in community sporting celebrations. Rugby, soccer, cycling and rock-climbing are just a few of the popular sports in the city.


Sydney’s nightlife is awash with the bright lights, colours and sounds of a vibrant party scene. Visit any one of Sydney’s numerous nightclubs and bars, take part in some night-long parties and festivals or attend theatre performances. Truly, there’s something for everyone.

The move to Sydney

At Ausmove, we provide all the information you need to know to complete your move. Read on to learn more about transit times, shipping costs and other aspects of moving to Sydney.

Approximate shipping times to Sydney

We offer excellent shipping times from New Zealand to Sydney; Auckland to Sydney and Wellington to Sydney shipments can take up to a week, while shipments from other parts of New Zealand may take between one and two weeks. Air freight is the quickest method and usually takes four to five days.

  • Full shipping container (sole use): The shipping container is solely for your possessions. This method is especially useful when transporting a three or four-bedroom house worth of furniture and goods.
  • Shared containers: If you’re not transporting the entire contents of your house, you can use the shared container shipping service and be charged only for the space taken up by your belongings.
  • Air freight: Useful for moving small quantities quickly.

Tailor-made moves

Our services are tailored to your specific needs and requirements. We provide in-home consultations and can issue a quote within one working day. We are customer-oriented and will ensure you receive the very highest level of service.

How much does it cost to move from NZ to Sydney?

The cost of shipping your goods depends on factors such as the quantity and size of the items; whether you prefer sea or air freight; and the length of storage required. We provide a fixed-price quote, based on your preferences; any changes you make will be reflected in the quote.

Australian customs border control

Possessions that arrive in Australia separately from their owners are tagged ‘unaccompanied personal effects’. These must be checked by border agents to determine whether you have to pay a customs or duties fee before clearance.

Transporting your pets to Australia

We are well-experienced in handling the logistics of transporting your beloved dogs and cats to Australia. Our experts work with an accredited organisation to take proper care of your pets during the transportation process.

Australian quarantine border control

Food, plant material, animals and animal products are often subject to quarantine upon arrival in Australia. We take all of this into consideration during the planning process.

Careful packing

Our packers are well-trained in international packing standards and will treat your property with the utmost care when packing them for shipment.

Easy insurance

We offer comprehensive marine insurance options on all shipments, so you can rest easy knowing that your property is in safe hands.

Convenient storage

We have 60,000 square feet of secure storage space in which you can store your goods prior to shipping. If you wish to delay shipment, feel free to take advantage of our purpose-built, state-of-the-art storage units at very affordable prices.

Shipping your car or motorcycle

We not only transport your car or motorcycle safely and securely, but also provide guidance on relevant application processes and import duties for your vehicle.

Foreign exchange services

We are partnered with XE money transfer (a trusted global foreign exchange specialist), to provide currency advice and competitive exchange rates for individuals and businesses moving to Australia.

The moving process

Ausmove make the moving process stress-free with just a few easy steps:

  • Contact an Ausmove consultant and book a free in-home consultation by calling us or filling out our online form
  • Describe your requirements in detail
  • Receive a free quote in writing
  • Our skilled packing crew will be dispatched to your home
  • Shipment is transported
  • Arrival at destination, followed by quarantines, inspections and custom clearances
  • Delivery and unpacking

You will have a consultant with you every step of the way. Also - make sure to read through our more detailed moving process page.


Why should I move to Sydney from New Zealand?

There are many reasons why you might want to move to Sydney. From better work opportunities to seeking new adventures, a world of opportunities await.

What are some of the things I should consider before migrating to Australia?

Before migrating, you must ensure you have a place to stay and a steady source of income. You should also research tax procedures and benefits available to Kiwis in Sydney.

What are the steps involved with obtaining a visa?

New Zealanders are issued a Special Category Visa (SCV) upon arrival in Sydney. This enables you to live and work in Australia indefinitely, but does not give you the benefits of a permanent resident.  

How can I set up a bank account in Sydney?

Setting up a bank account is relatively simple. All you need are your ID details and visa information. It is recommended you set up an account online in just a few minutes before leaving New Zealand.

What difficulties will I face in Sydney?

You should not face any difficulties settling into Sydney. There are many networks of Kiwis in the city, who will be happy to share their experiences and assist you in acclimating yourself to a new culture and environment.

How will I find accommodation?

Housing in Sydney is at the upper-end of the market in terms of price when considering cities in Australia, but if you spend a bit of time searching you can find accommodation for a reasonable cost through credible housing agents.

Is it easy or difficult to find accommodation in Sydney?

Once you have determined your budget, finding accommodation in any part of the city is fairly easy.

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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