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Ship your car to New Zealand with West Coast Shipping, a US based car shipper with over 15 years of experience shipping cars and motorcycles to New Zealand. We are not a broker and have our own US locations in California, New Jersey and Florida.

We handle ground transportation, vehicle documentation, export and import clearance, and shipping overseas by container and air freight.

Get an instant quote to ship your car to New Zealand by using our shipping calculator. Call our Auckland office today: +64-9950-8743.

Ship Your Car to New Zealand


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West Coast Shipping  is one of the largest shippers of classic vehicles to New Zealand.  We offer a shared container solution for classic car shipping through to Auckland.   We can also arrange containers through to other ports in NZ including Lyttleton and Wellington.

Making us unique we have our own depots in California , New Jersey, and Florida.  At each of these locations we have our own staff, who personally receive your vehicle, arrange for asbestos sampling, facilitate the export clearance, load and ship your vehicle.

Popularity of US Cars in NZ

The popularity of classic cars has exploded over the years. Kiwi buyers come to the US market in search of classics due to greater availability, better condition, and lower prices. Some Kiwi's  also make the trip to the US, and turn their search for a car into a vacation. While others buy remotely from reputable dealers, or through our escrow service.

This guide will take you step by step through the process of buying, shipping, and importing a car from the US to New Zealand.

Shipping cars, motorcycles, and boats from the US to New Zealand requires a shipper with experience. During the last decade, West Coast Shipping has specialized in shipping priceless classic cars, muscle cars, pick up trucks and SUVs for customers in New Zealand. We have shipping facilities in California ,New Jersey and Florida.


Shipping Campers & Trailers to New Zealand

New Zealand is a popular destination for trailers and campers from the United States. In order to fit a trailer or camper into a shipping container, it must be 91 inches or less in width. Wheels, arches and fenders can be removed if required. We suggest requesting exact measurements from the seller to ensure it will fit before purchasing the camper. Because transporting campers and trailers nationwide is expensive, we suggest location them near major export ports like the port of Oakland and New York/New Jersey.

At the Destination in New Zealand

When your vehicle arrives at the port in New Zealand, you will have a local agent to guide you on all import procedures. The agent will accept the container, truck it to their facilities for unloading, clear import customs and will arrange the quarantine cleaning.

Agents are also available to provide suggestions on temporary imports. 


  • Where do I find American cars for sale?
  • How does the shipping process work?
  • How do I protect myself against risks during overseas shipping?
  • What type of cars am I allowed to import to New Zealand?

Download the NZ Import Guide to get answers to your questions about importing a car to New Zealand.




Vehicle documentation:

  • Original vehicle title
  • Bill of sale

International residents:

US citizens:



We accept wire transfers, checks, and ban deposits only. Read more about banking fees when paying from overseas.

We do not accept credit card payments.

Car Shipping Cost to New Zealand

Freight charges for shipping cars from the USA to New Zealand depends on the location of the vehicle in the USA, and the port in New Zealand you are shipping to. The closer a car is located to California or New Jersey, the less expensive it will be to pickup your vehicle using an enclosed or open transporter. You can save up to 50% on freight by shipping your vehicle from the port of Oakland in California in a consolidated container to the port of Auckland/Tauranga in New Zealand. If you are shipping more than 2 vehicles, you can ship in a dedicated 40 or 45ft container.


When importing a car into New Zealand do not forget to take the import duties and VAT into the total cost. As of 2016, the duty is 10% and the VAT is 15%. See the list of approved cars for import to New Zealand.

View more information on car import duties and taxes using our New Zealand import guide.

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Import Cars From New Zealand

We also ship cars to the United States from New Zealand.


American Cars in New Zealand

New Zealand is one of the top importers of American muscle cars and pick up trucks. Some of the most popular models imported are the Mustang, Camaro, Corvette, Challenger and Charger. There is also demand for American pickup trucks such as the F150, Ram, Dodge, GMC and Chevrolet. 

View the Top 10 Cars Imported to New Zealand from the USA.

Shipping Options


By using a container for shipping, we can load anywhere from 1 to 6 cars (depending on size), the vehicles can either run and drive, or be project cars. We offer consolidation when shipping to the port, saving you money by shipping your vehicles along with other cars in the same container. When shipping high-value vehicles, we can load them in their own dedicated 20ft or 40ft containers.


Shipping via Roll-on/Roll-off is another option when shipping cars overseas. However, unlike with containarized car shipping, you cannot ship anything inside of your vehicle, and the car be in run and drive condition to be able to drive on and off the ship. The ports which support RoRo vary widely, and so do the rates.


If you require your vehicle overseas as quickly as possible, we recommend shipping the car via Air-Freight service. Compared to lengthy shipping times and possible port delays when shipping in a container or via RoRo, shipping your car by Air is the quickest shipping options. Transit time is estimated at around 3 to 10 days, depending on the documentation and customs requirements.


Motorcycle Shipping Overseas
How Motorcycles Are Shipped Overseas

Motorcycles are a popular import from the US, and most customers use a container. You can fit up to 8 motorcycles in a 20ft container and up to 16 in a 40ft container. They are securely strapped and braced. This makes it the perfect solution for wholesale buyers and dealers. Use the shipping calculator on this page to get a quote, or contact us.

Another option is shipping your motorcycle via air freight to any international airport. It's a more expensive option, and it requires a custom crate to be built around the bike. However, air freight will minimize transit time.


Dream Cars Delivered Worldwide

Leading dealerships, auctions, museums and events ship their vehicles, motorcycles, and special projects around the world with West Coast Shipping. We have the expertise to handle them all.

About Us

We pride ourselves in safe and reliable international car shipping for consumers, dealers, collectors, and wholesalers around the world. We speak English, German, French, Dutch, Russian, Arabic, & Spanish.

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