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Need to send your pet to New Zealand (AKL)? Let our team of pet shipping experts help. Whether you’re sending your pet domestically or internationally, our professional team of experts will ensure your pet arrives safely.

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Starwood Animal Transport and Air New Zealand

All pets that enter New Zealand are subject to a strict set of rules.

Here is a brief outline of the requirements to move to Auckland:

  • Check that your cat or dog is eligible for import
  • Book an MPI-approved quarantine facility (for pets not coming from Australia)
  • Notify official veterinarian in New Zealand at least 3 days before arrival (or 5 if from Australia)
  • Minimum age specified on the applicable model veterinary certificate in the IHS
  • Ensure pet meets residency requirements
  • Apply for a permit to import

Don't face all these regulations by yourself! Fill out the form now to request a free quote from Starwood. Let us handle your pet move door-to-door. And if you do decide to do it on your own, then make sure to check out all the rules to moving your pet to New Zealand here.

Are you looking to transport your pet somewhere else in New Zealand? Learn more about our other pet relocation destinations in New Zealand.

What we can do for you:

  • Make sure that all paperwork and vet work is correct
  • Obtain an Import Permit
  • Book the quarantine facility
  • Complete final veterinary certificates and get them endorsed by the USDA
  • Flea and tick treatment
  • Flight booking
  • Have the quarantine station meet your pet upon arrival
  • Deliver your pet to you after the 10 days of quarantine, if needed

For more information simply call us at (239) 344-8959 or check out the resources below to learn more about our animal transport services.

Local Pet Requirements

Banned Breeds

  • Brazilian Fila
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Perro de Presa Canario
  • American Pit Bull Terrier


Dog owners will need to register their dogs with the local council annually. After registration, you will receive a registration disc or strap. There are fees associated with registration and these fees will be lower for neutered/spayed dogs or holders of a responsible dog owner license. 

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