How long does it take to ship a car to New Zealand from different parts of the world?

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Posted on 24th January 2022


If you’re thinking of buying a vehicle overseas or bringing your own vehicle to New Zealand, you will probably be wondering how long shipping will take. Our team have spent over 20 years refining our international vehicle shipping process to make it as simple and efficient as possible; here are our expert opinions on how long it could take you to ship your vehicle to NZ from various locations overseas if you are using a reputable shipping company.

Whether you are looking to ship a motorhome, caravan, car or boat, these timeframes will usually be the same. For unique vehicles or machinery, shipping times from different countries may vary. Get in touch with us to discuss your specific needs, so we can let you know your shipping options and potential timing.

Shipping a car from Australia to New Zealand

Get in touch with a shipping provider about one month in advance if you are planning to ship your car, motorbike or caravan from Australia to NZ, or vice versa. McCulloughs sails direct to Australia, and the whole process usually takes four to eight days.  You can choose either Roll-On-Roll-Off (RORO) or container shipping methods to NZ from most major ports in Australia.

Shipping a car from the UK to New Zealand

We handle weekly sailings to and from the UK; shipping a vehicle from the United Kingdom to New Zealand takes between 32 and 42 days, depending on whether you use container shipping or a RORO service. We commonly ship motorhomes that have been purchased direct from the UK by New Zealanders, as well as car imports and the vehicles of people moving to New Zealand.

Shipping a car from USA to New Zealand

Our partners can pick up your vehicle in the US and ship to New Zealand on our direct weekly service. From Los Angeles, it will take 14 to 28 days for your car, motorbike, RV or boat to arrive in NZ.

Importing a car from Japan to New Zealand

One of our most frequent requests is to assist with the importing or shipping of cars from Japan to New Zealand. Our sailings from Japan take between 13 and 23 days depending on whether your vehicle is container shipped or RORO. We are able to ship between most major ports in Japan and all ports in NZ.

Shipping a car to New Zealand from other countries

We transport vehicles to NZ from all corners of the world! Get in touch with us to learn about the shipping timeframes from other parts of Europe, Asia and America and elsewhere.  

We can ship vehicles to New Zealand temporarily or permanently. There are several costs to consider and extensive documentation involved. If you have decided to buy a car overseas, make sure shipping to NZ doesn’t take longer than planned due to delays in customs or miscommunication with shipping companies. The McCulloughs have been trusted Kiwi. Vehicle shipping partners for over 20 years, and we will ensure the whole process runs smoothly for you. Reach out to us to get a quote or hear about your car shipping options.


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