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would you be willing to answer a bit for me?<br><br>
my husband and i are planning on moving to NZ. our biggest question is about moving stuff.<br><br>
on the one hand, we feel like starting completely over (taking some books, some decorative items, and some sentimental items) and not really shipping anything.<br><br>
on the other hand, we know we'd have to replace our stuff entirely, which would be fine, but that it can be more expensive to do so than to just birng what you have (ship it).<br><br>
which way did you go? what do you see as the pro/cons of either way?<br><br>
thanks for your insights. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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We moved the essentials and left anything that needed replacing that way you have the warranty for all your new appliances.<br><br>
If you plan to move over with just a few books etc. you will have to consider luggage weight. Unless you are deciding on shipping one box over which I imagine could cost a bit because shipping is done by weight.<br><br>
It is more expensive to replace all your stuff but then again it is also expensive to move everything over depending on how much you intend to bring.<br><br>
The houses here are very small so you won't need very much. Some place you rent here can come fully furnished or unfurnished with whiteware (fridge, dishwasher, stove etc.). If you have a bed a dining room table, small lounge suite, fridge, washing machine, dryer and toys and a few of your sentimental items you will be fine. You cold probably buy most of these things when you get here on sale as NZ always have sales on and when they put things on sale they really mean sale. We bought a dinning room table just recently for just $300 nothing grand but it looks nice and serves it purpose.<br><br>
Here are some websites of places that sell furniture and appliances to help you make up your mind and figure out roughly how much it would cost.<br><br><a href="http://www.harveynorman.co.nz/" target="_blank">http://www.harveynorman.co.nz/</a><br><a href="http://www.bondandbond.co.nz/" target="_blank">http://www.bondandbond.co.nz/</a><br><a href="http://www.dicksmith.co.nz/cgi-bin/dse.storefront/" target="_blank">http://www.dicksmith.co.nz/cgi-bin/dse.storefront/</a><br><a href="http://www.bedsrus.co.nz/" target="_blank">http://www.bedsrus.co.nz/</a><br><a href="http://www.retravision.co.nz/" target="_blank">http://www.retravision.co.nz/</a><br><a href="http://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/" target="_blank">http://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/</a><br><a href="http://www.farmers.co.nz/" target="_blank">http://www.farmers.co.nz/</a><br><br>
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thanks.<br><br>
our idea was to leave most of the furnishings, keep our computer (though we'd have to get adapters and such), and then ship/move some books, art/sentimental stuff. we might carry a bit on the plane, but we would ship some of it--i think. our books are probably most important to us. LOL
 

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Thats what we did... We shipped all our sentimental and irreplaceable stuff (think books, records, art, journals, movies, clothes and expensive tools <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">) and left EVERYTHING else! We have slowlly been collecting up everything we need again. Things are a lot more expensive here than they are in the states so think carefully about what you are prepared to replace <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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i know this is private, but would anyone be willing to share the weight/cost of what they shipped? and how you did it (which method of shipping--companies etc)?<br><br>
thanks so much for your insights--and keep them coming if anyone else wants to jump in!
 

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Well, we originally were thinking of getting a shipping container but we were really unorganized and that ididn't end up happening.<br>
In the end we shipped our stuff through the post office using their shipping service that take 4-6 weeks. We got boxes from UHaul and filled them to the maximum wieght limit, which i forget what that is. The boxes cost about $100-$140 each including the insurance. I think we sent about 8 or 9 boxes and it cost around $1000 all up.<br>
we the boxes arrived some were in poor condition. Many had been inspected by customs. Some had things siezed by custom. There was nothing illegal just things we didn't think of like organic material left on some of the tools etc.<br>
I think the post office was definatly the cheapest option we explored.<br>
If we were to do it again however I think that we would shell out for a shipping container. We left a lot of stuff behind that we wished we didn't and the shipping container sounds simpler than having to be so precise with packing boxes etc.....<br>
HTH<br>
What part of NZ are you thinking of moving to?
 

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late, but we moved to australia last year, and brough with us only what we were allowed on the plane (so about 70kg of stuff), mostly clothing and basics, a few books, our laptops. I also shipped one box (with my tipi in it) through the post office - the biggest box they can ship is 20kg.<br>
Then we basically started from scratch here.<br>
there are a LOT of thrift stores and garage sales; we've basically got ourselves fully "kitted" for very little money.<br>
But we also live a very simple life. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
I think if you look at catalogues from stores and start adding up the cost of everything you might have now, it can seem daunting
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">would you be willing to answer a bit for me?<br><br>
my husband and i are planning on moving to NZ. our biggest question is about moving stuff.<br><br>
on the one hand, we feel like starting completely over (taking some books, some decorative items, and some sentimental items) and not really shipping anything.<br><br>
on the other hand, we know we'd have to replace our stuff entirely, which would be fine, but that it can be more expensive to do so than to just birng what you have (ship it).<br><br>
which way did you go? what do you see as the pro/cons of either way?<br><br>
thanks for your insights. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"></div>
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Hi! We've made the move to NZ twice, actually. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> The first time was purposely a short stint, so we obviously didn't take anything with us, other than shipping some "homey" things to make us feel good. As for everything else we needed, we bought really cheap, borrowed a lot, and lived very minimally.<br><br>
This time, it is a more long-term move, but we simply didn't have the money to ship all our stuff over, nor pay the tax on it once it gets here. We decided to ship about 11 or 12 regular moving-sized boxes of stuff over via the post (toys/decor/some kitchen stuff/Christmas decor/etc) and bring just the basics with us. For us, we knew buying here would be cheaper than shipping our stuff. We were/are prepared to again live very minimally for a few years while we get ourselves established. We have always gotten involved with a church wherever we are and have been given a LOT of stuff. We have borrowed some, and the rest are mostly second hand. We hit LOTS of garage sales in our first few weeks, we snagged an amazing bargain on a lounge suite (that was ALL luck!), and are just slowly building on what we have. The kitchen stuff is lacking in some areas (we dont' have enough dishes to have anyone over <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">, and some of it is pretty cheap, but we're okay for now. There is also a great website here in NZ called trademe.co.nz and you can get some great stuff on there. It's like ebay.<br><br>
That said, I sometimes still wish I had all my stuff. Not even so much the big furniture, but all the little things that fill a home. Especially knowing we're going to be here longer. The first time, I knew we'd be home within two years. But, it's just "stuff". I rarely think about it. However, if we could have afforded it, we would have shipped the lot.<br><br>
Good luck with your decisions. Moving overseas is a huge process. But very worth it in the long run. I don't think you'll ever regret it.
 

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we're looking at moving to wellington.<br><br>
thanks for the insight about the various ways of shipping. we're considering a crate and we're considering just doing boxes through post (4-6 weeks).<br><br>
a lot of what i own, my sister will be able to use, so our plan right now is to give most of the furniture to my sister. she wants my dining room furniture for sure, and she can use the living room stuff as well. our bedroom furniture will go back to my ILs, and our office furniture can go to our friend who will use it.<br><br>
honestly, there are two chairs that i would love to move--one a simple library chair and the other my favorite chair--which is why we're considering a crate. i figure with the two chairs and the action figure collection (husbands) and the library and then the art work and odds-and-ends, it's likely that we would do quite well with a crate.<br><br>
and, from what i gather, it can be just about the same as going postal--but i'd be willing to let go of my chairs and some other things if going postal was better for us.<br><br>
it's tough to say. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
but, we do like thrift stores and tag sales. i do a lot of shopping by consignment stores now too--you can get some great deals from that. and around here, there's a huge "rummage" sale at one of the fancy private schools, my friend outfitted her entire beach cottage with stuff from there and it's beautiful!<br><br>
so, i know how to shop that way for sure. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Right on zoebird!<br><br>
Wellington is an AMAZING city (although it is very windy). I was there a couple weekends ago and it always reminds me of San Fransisco.<br><br>
There are tonnes of great thrift stores in Wellington too, amazing yard sales, and lots of little recycle/retro boutiques.<br><br>
Let me know if you need any connections in Wellington, I know a lot of people down there <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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some companies will let you take a whole or half a shipping container, and you can fill it with whatever, regardless of weight. for large amounts, that often works out better.
 

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Last time I tried to ship a big package to NZ with the US Postal Service I was told they don't do international surface mail anymore, and it would have to go air (costing a big bundle). This was about a year ago. Is that not the case? Have you guys been able to send stuff slow?<br><br>
And in response to the OP, my family will be moving to NZ in November, and we're planning on shipping most of our stuff in a container. Mainly because I've recently bought us all organic latex mattresses, which I'm pretty sure aren't available at all in NZ, and if they are, they'd be ridiculously expensive. So since I'll be shipping those, might as well ship the rest of our furniture and pots and dishes and books, etc. Only things we won't be bringing is anything electrical (except our computers). I don't want to deal with adapters/converters or rewiring stuff.<br><br>
I haven't gotten any quotes for shipping yet. I'd be curious to see what others pay.
 

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yeah, we really liked wellington a lot when we were there. i spent 6 weeks working in nelson, which was nice, but it got too small for me and i felt claustrophobic. i knwo that sounds crazy.<br><br>
but my husband and i do so much better with small harbor cities--like wellington or stockholm or copenhagen. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
and so when we got to wellington, we LOVED it. it was so liberating. LOL and we're excited to move there.<br><br>
i would love connections! i'll let you know when we're heading down there again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Hiya, I moved out here in mid-'02. I used TNT to freight my essentials (mostly non-replaceable, emotionally attached stuff) with good success. It was moderately expensive but not unbelievable. It did, however, take AGES to land since it went by ship (I am pretty sure you can air freight it, though).<br><br>
I did take a few electronic things and use a converter for them. Oh yeah, and if you like electric heating pads, bring them. I'm wishing to high heaven that I hadn't left mine. All they have are microwaved wheatpacks which just don't cut it for my back pain. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br><a href="http://www.trademe.co.nz" target="_blank">www.trademe.co.nz</a> is a great source of high quality, gently used goods. My BIL recently bought a futon identical to ours for $50. We paid um, $1000 new.... So its definitely worth having a look at when you get here. The cost of living has gone up a bit here so it might be worth checking out those links and comparing the cost of shipping before you make your decision.<br><br>
Also it is completely a buyer's market out here property wise, so that's a bonus.<br><br>
If you're ever up Hamilton way give me a yell. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> When are you planning on heading over?
 

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we're hoping to head for some meetings and such to set things up in April/May, and then hopefully moving in late June.<br><br>
we'll see though! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I have found this forum to be very helpful (we're in the "exploring the idea" phase):<br><a href="http://www.emigratenz.org/forum/" target="_blank">http://www.emigratenz.org/forum/</a><br><br>
cheers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Quick response from me. We went from Western Canada to Eastern Australia. Personally I think I made some pretty poor decisons as to what to bring and what to leave. I left & sold the antique furniture from my grandmothers house and I shipped the Ikea table which broke in shipping, various electronics (with the idea of getting convertors) and the clothes - lots of jackets, and lovely fashionable winter clothes etc to use on the east coast of aus<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hammer.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hammer"> let's just say that it wasn't one of my brilliant moments. I should have brought most of the stuff I left and left most of the stuff I brought.
 

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Is this thread totally dead? I have some general questions about visa and whatnot moving with american passports to Australia. My family is interested in packing it all up, but at this point I would go over as a student and DP as a primary school teacher. We have 3 boys, 4, 2, and 8months.<br><br>
We live in the city now(Boston, MA) and would like to move to a fairly populated area.
 

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We live in the city now(Boston, MA) and would like to move to a fairly populated area.</div>
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Melbourne rocks!!! Move here! I would say it's similar to Boston in a cultural sense - definitely the arts and culture capital of the country and by far the most progressive. Population is about 4million. Visa wise, I haven't got a clue, sorry.
 
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