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Moving to Sydney

Ausmove are a professional moving company, based in New Zealand. We specialise in relocations from New Zealand to Sydney and almost any destination in Australia. We pride ourselves on giving you a stress-free experience when transporting your possessions and ensuring you’re suitably settled once you arrive at your destination.

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Affordable Shipping to Sydney from New Zealand

Our shipping rates 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. Feel free to contact us any time for a free quote.

Why Choose Ausmove for Your Move to Sydney?

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. We deliver door-to-door relocation services with excellent transit times.

International Removalists

We provide relocation services across country lines. In addition to our international-standard packing services, our door-to-door relocation experts will assist you with packing up your New Zealand home, following your property through to Australia, and helping you unpack at your destination.

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 families and their 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 willing and eager to answer any questions and provide you with all the information you need to relocate your property to Australia. Call us today for a free quote.

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Here's Why More Kiwis Than Ever Are Moving to Sydney

For Kiwis, moving to Australia is fairly straightforward. In fact, Australia is sometimes considered the ‘West Island 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 and pay taxes. 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 can boast beaches and have almost the same average temperature. There is a similar cultural identity too. However, Sydney is a much larger metropolis than Auckland, with a higher population, more 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.

Other Nationalities in Sydney

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.

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.

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.

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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 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, Blue Mountains to the west, as well as Woronora plateau (also to the west). 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.


Sydney has a humid subtropical climate, experiencing 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 are 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

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, as well as 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.


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

Visa Options for You and Your Family

Under the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement, 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.

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 for economic opportunity, with strong financial and manufacturing sectors. Tourism is also 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. 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.

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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.


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


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.


Sydney is a relatively safe place in which to live and commute. The number of vehicular accidents in the city is decreasing yearly, thanks in part to road safety campaigns that have led to better lighting, widening of footpaths, and a 40km/h speed limit within central Sydney.


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.

Income Tax

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

Working for Families

New Zealand families in Australia are eligible for financial help from the Australian government, provided that family is residing in Australia permanently. If you’re in the country on a SCV and have your New Zealand passport, you can apply for Family Tax Benefit immediately. Family Tax Benefit duly assist with the cost of raising children.


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.

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.


Sydney has a thriving food scene, influenced by the many different cultures found in the city. Many neighbourhoods have become hubs for various cultures, including many locations for traditional Kiwi dishes. 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.

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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 Transit Times to Sydney

We offer excellent transit 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.

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 Will It Cost?

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.

Shipping methods

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.

Australian Customs Border Control

Possessions that arrive in Australia separate 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.

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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

The moving process can be made stress-free with just a few easy steps:

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

Don’t worry, as you will have a consultant with you every step of the way. Also - make sure to read through our more detailed moving process page.

How Can We Help?

With two-and-a-half decades in the moving business, we’ll make your relocation to Australia as smooth as possible. Let us ease your worries by shipping your goods safely and securely to your new location.


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, allow us to make your move easy and stress-free.

What are some of the things you must 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. You can even 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. However, 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, one of our experienced moving consultants will visit your home to establish your specific packing requirements and any unique moving needs.

Let Ausmove make your move to Australia easy and stress-free.

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