Multiple sailings per month | Short Transit Times | It can cost less than AUD 2200.00!

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Take Advantage Of All The Great Benefits

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It's Tax Free

If you're a first time immigrant or a returning resident, and you have owned and used the vehicle for in excess of 12 months then you are likely eligible for the import GST exemption meaning you pay no tax on arrival! More Information below.

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It's Cheaper Than You Think!

Vehicles in NZ almost always cost more than the same vehicle would in Australia, so don't waste time with tire-kickers and lose money selling your vehicle before you move. You could actually be saving money by bringing it with you!

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Purchase Of A New Vehicle In NZ At An Inflated Price

On average, vehicle prices in New Zealand are around 10% higher than they are here in Australia, you'll be paying more for the same vehicle in NZ. It will often be more cost effective to ship your car to New Zealand, even with the additional cost of the freight it will still likely work out cheaper overall than buying a similar car once you arrive in NZ.

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Loss On The Private Sale Of Your Vehicle In Australia

It's often a far better option to ship your car to NZ rather than dealing with the hassle of selling it here in Australia and losing thousands on its value.

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Keep the vehicle you know and love.

You know it, you love it - keep driving it!

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Ship Personal Items FREE

Our container service means you can also utilize the space around the vehicle to load your personal items.

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Willship Pioneered The Trans-Tasman Shipping Route For Personal Cargo

Willship established the first Trans-Tasman route for personal cargo back in 2014, ever since then we have helped tens of thousands of people move across the ditch. We have offices in both Australia and New Zealand with a highly experienced team specializing in much more than just the shipping process.

We are here to answer any questions you might have on import approvals, insurance, compliance, registration, transit times, COVID-19 restrictions or anything else you can think of.

The vast majority of our clients are people doing this for the first time, and we understand that it could get confusing when navigating the complexity of an international move, but that's what we are here for.

At Willship, our goal is to make this process as simple and easy to understand as possible. Our shipping experts will be right by your side for the entire journey to ensure things go to plan.

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Take Advantage Of The NZ Import GST Exemption

  • Be a first time immigrant or a returning New Zealand citizen
  • If a returning citizen, you must have been out of New Zealand for over 21 months.
  • Be prepared to sign a deed where you agree not to sell the vehicle for at least 2 years.
  • Vehicle must have been owned and used for last 12 months.
  • You must be physically in New Zealand in order to claim exemption.

And, You Must Provide The Following Documents:

  • Proof of ownership over the last 12 months (registration certificate / insurance document)
  • Purchase receipt / bill of sale for the vehicle
Compliance Check

How Do I Handle Compliance And Registration?

All imported vehicles entering New Zealand for the first time need to undergo compliance in order to ensure it's safe for use on NZ roads. The best way to think of compliance is like a safety certificate or a warrant of fitness, although a little more thorough.

Willship International has a network of experienced teams all over New Zealand who can either handle this process on your behalf or guide you through what you need to do to get your vehicle on to New Zealand roads.

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It's Fast And Easy

Shipping a car between Australia and New Zealand is very simple, transit times can be as little as 4 days on the water and the whole process can take as little as two weeks. The documents we require are minimal and we handle everything for you from start to finish.

We are always a phone call or an email away for advice on anything that might come up during the shipping process, and always do our best to pre-empt any problems that might arise

Leave It All To Willship

This includes:

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Supporting you to get all key documents together

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Organizing all aspects of the transport and freight from your location through to New Zealand

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Clearing your car through New Zealand customs and quarantine

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Organizing compliance and assisting with on road registration in New Zealand

Options To Ship Your Vehicle

Roll On, Roll Off (RORO)

Roll On, Roll Off (RORO)

Shared Container

Shared Container

Full Container

Full Container

Client Testimonials

We have move tens of thousands of shipments in and out of Australia and all over the world. Our team has spent decades building long term successful relationships with our clients and fine tuning every aspect of our process to ensure our service offering to second to none. We are the international shipping partner you can depend on and our past and present clients can attest to our proven track record!

Common Questions And Responses

Australia To New Zealand RoRo Shipping

Can I put anything in my car?

Why can’t I put things in my car when shipping Roll on, Roll off?

Can I ship my car still under finance?

What if I can’t get a registration certificate or Purchase Invoice / Bill of Sale?

Do I apply for the GST exemption?

Can I drop my car off or pick my car up from the port directly?

Do you have to be there when the vehicle is collected?

Do I have to be in NZ to pick my car up?

Can I leave a baby seat in my car?

What does the compliance process entail?

Why do I need to put my car through compliance?

Can I get my car roadworthy here for it to be complied in NZ?

I want to proceed with a booking what steps do I take from here?

When do I need to pay my invoice?

How clean does my car need to be?

Can you help with compliance in Lyttleton or Nelson?

How long does it take to receive my vehicle after the vessel arrives?

How much does quarantine cleaning cost if my vehicle fails it’s inspection?




Over $1.4 Billion worth of cargo is trusted to Willship to be shipped every year

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Extremely safe and proven process



Deep relationships with our trusted network of staff and contractors ensures that your goods arrive safely

Priority service every time

Award Winning Industry Leader

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Best International Automotive Cargo Logistics Enterprise - 2021

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Award for Innovation in End-to-End Freight Transport - 2021

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Freight Forwarder of the Year Award - 2018

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Young Achievement Award 2018 (Nick Proctor)

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Young Achievement Award 2018 (Mel Mather)

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Freight Forwarder of the Year Award - 2017

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Young Maritime Professional of the Year 2016