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Shipping a Motorhome to New Zealand – The Essential Guide

Posted on June 15, 2023

Shipping a Motorhome to New Zealand – The Essential Guide

Shipping a Motorhome to New Zealand – The Essential Guide

Planning on shipping a motorhome to New Zealand? New Zealand's stunning landscapes and picturesque routes make it an ideal destination for motorhome enthusiasts. Whether you're relocating to New Zealand or want to explore the country on wheels, shipping your motorhome allows you the freedom to embark on unforgettable adventures. But before you hit the road, there is a fair bit you need to know. A sound understanding of the importing regulations will prevent unnecessary delays or complications. Here we will discuss the ins and outs of importing motorhomes to NZ.


Shipping from the UK?

With the Rugby World Cup coming up, many Kiwis are buying motorhomes in the UK and spending time in Europe. Check out the UK Export Scheme if you want to ship your motorhome back home to New Zealand. This scheme allows people to buy a new motorhome in the UK for 12 months (or less) and export without paying any VAT, although it may be subject to some restrictions.


Vehicle Standards and Compliance

In order to import your motorhome into New Zealand, it must conform to the country's vehicle standards and compliance regulations. These standards include safety standards, emissions regulations, and roadworthiness criteria. We recommend consulting with a reputable shipping company or seeking guidance from the New Zealand Transport Agency to ensure your motorhome meets the necessary standards.


Choosing a Shipping Method

Now that you've familiarised yourself with the requirements of shipping a motorhome into New Zealand, it's time to consider the different shipping methods available.


Roll-on/Roll-off Shipping

Roll-on/roll-off shipping involves driving your motorhome onto a specialised vessel, which will be securely parked and transported. This method is convenient and cost-effective, eliminating the need for cranes or lifting equipment. However, it's important to note that you won't have access to your motorhome during the voyage.


Container Shipping

Transporting your motorhome via container shipping means placing it inside a shipping container, providing enhanced security and protection against external elements. Additionally, you can pack personal belongings and other items within the container, maximising space and convenience. However, container shipping is generally more expensive than Roll-on/roll-off shipping.


Selecting a Shipping Company

Choosing a reliable and experienced shipping company ensures a smooth and successful transportation process. Consider the following factors when selecting a shipping company:


  • Reputation and Experience: Look for companies with a proven track record in shipping motorhomes internationally.
  • Insurance Coverage: Ensure the shipping company offers comprehensive insurance coverage for your motorhome during transit.
  • Services and Support: Check if the company provides services such as customs clearance, vehicle compliance assistance, and door-to-door delivery options.
  • Customer Reviews: Review previous customer testimonials to gauge their satisfaction and the company's reliability.

Shipping a motorhome to New Zealand - Motorhome parked in the snow

Preparing Your Motorhome for Shipping

Properly preparing your motorhome for shipping is essential to safeguard its condition during transportation. Here are some key steps to follow:


Cleaning and Inspection

Before shipping your motorhome, make sure to clean both the interior and exterior thoroughly. This step will help you identify any existing damages and properly document them. It's also a good idea to take photographs of your motorhome from different angles. These photos will serve as evidence in case any issues arise during transit.


Securing Loose Items

Remove all personal belongings and secure any loose items inside the motorhome. Things get a little bumpy during transit, and securing your belongings will help prevent damage.


Checking Fluids and Fuel Level

Ensure that your motorhome's fluids, including oil, brake fluid, and coolant are at the appropriate levels. You should keep the fuel tank as close to empty as possible to comply with safety regulations during shipping.


Disabling Alarms and Disconnecting Batteries

Disable any alarms or security systems in your motorhome and disconnect the batteries. Doing so will help prevent any accidental activation or power drainage during transit.


Documentation and Customs Clearance

Shipping a motorhome to New Zealand involves dealing with various documentation and customs procedures. Having all the necessary paperwork is crucial to avoid delays or complications. Some of the documents you may need include:


  • Motorhome registration and ownership documents
  • Insurance documents
  • Import permits and customs clearance forms
  • Bill of lading or airway bill provided by the shipping company
  • Consult with your shipping company to ensure you have the correct documents and to understand the customs clearance process thoroughly.


Hit the Road with MMNZ

Shipping a motorhome to New Zealand opens up a world of possibilities for adventure and exploration. And with the help you MMNZ, your next adventure may be closer than you think! As experienced vehicle shipping experts, we can get your motorhome into NZ faster than you can say "vacation". Get in touch today to find out more about our importing services.


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