Shipping Vehicles NZ

What you need to prepare to ship vehicles into New Zealand


Online shopping has made it easy to purchase almost anything from anywhere in the world. Often, all you need to do is click the buy now button, enter your delivery address, and pay the asking price. A few days or weeks later, that item arrives at your doorstep.

For some products, however, there are some additional steps needed to ensure the safe and prompt delivery of the purchased product. One such example is cars.

That doesn’t mean the process has to be difficult, though. If you’re looking to ship vehicles into New Zealand, here are 5 useful things to consider.

  1. The car must pass New Zealand compliance checks

While almost any car can be shipped into New Zealand, it does need to pass a Compliance inspection to show it’s safe to drive on New Zealand roads. This confirms the car is free of rust, damage, or anything else that could hinder it from being safe to drive and is road worthy.

There are, of course, some exceptions, such as importing a classic car to add to your collection that will never be driven on the open road. It won’t need to pass any compliance checks to make it into the country. However, if you do ever decide to take it for a trip around the block, make sure it’s been through Compliance first.

As well as  Compliance Inspection, the car may also need an Emissions Certificate to ensure it meets New Zealand’s environmental standards.

  1. Decide how you want to ship it

Often, when you make a purchase overseas, the company you’re buying it from will have a delivery service they trust to deliver their products to you. There may be some handovers as the package moves from country to country, but most of the time it’s not something you need to worry about. When you buy a car, however, this may be something you’ll need to arrange yourself.

There are generally two options for transporting vehicles into New Zealand. RoRo (roll-on roll-off) shipping and container shipping. With RoRo, your car will be driven onto and off the ship, so it will need to be in driving condition. This is often the cheapest and fastest way of vehicle transportation. With container shipping, your car will be loaded into a shipping container before being loaded onto the ship. 

  1. You’ll need insurance

While transporting vehicles is a well-established and safe practice, like anything, things can go wrong. Having insurance for the vehicle from the time it is received by the shipping company to when it’s delivered to your door gives you peace of mind that if something does happen to your car during transportation, you’re covered. AUTOHUB can arrange full insurance cover, including during transits.

  1. What happens when your vehicle lands in New Zealand?

While the process of landing your vehicle in New Zealand is the most complex part of the process, once it’s in the port, it’s just as important to get it to your front door. That’s why it’s essential to have a trusted partner to transport vehicles within NZ.

There are various options available for transporting a vehicle around New Zealand, such as by truck, or by ship from one NZ port to another. Auckland is the main vehicle transport hub in New Zealand and there are well-established networks that extend from there right around the country.

All you need to worry about is making sure you choose an established company to transport your vehicles within NZ that has access to a nationwide network and offers a good reputation.

  1. There are experts who can help

If all the above has left you scratching your head and wondering where to start, don’t worry – we’re here to help. AUTOHUB is experienced in transporting vehicles into and out of New Zealand (and a few other routes around the globe).

We can take care of the whole process, from door to door, to get your vehicle safely into New Zealand and delivered right to your door. 

If you’re looking for a reliable partner for transporting your vehicles, get in touch today.