Motorhome Shipping

Looking to ship a motorhome or seen a motorhome for sale overseas?

Motorhomes are something we at Rocket are extremely passionate about shipping; your own mobile house, pickup and go under your own power at any time you like, park and camp just about anywhere with all the comforts of home, what could be wrong with that! Here at Rocket we can help make your dream a reality with shipping solutions tailor made for motorhomes. Often buying in overseas markets can come with decreased sale prices, more options and better models. This gives you so much more choice in a large international market. We can ship from anywhere however the USA, Australia and Europe are normally your best bets with regular services for such large items to NZ.

Which method of
shipping will suit you best?

Motorhomes are definitely large items however being self propelled they are generally quite easy to ship.  You will be surprised at how many small motorhomes we ship in containers often with only a centimetre or so to spare on each side. We would look at whether or not your motorhome would fit in a container or not as that gives us options. If not you only have one choice which is to ship via the roll on roll off service,  Both options have different positives and negatives


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Make it exciting, not scary!

Shipping a motorhome can be an exciting time and here at Rocket we aim to make sure that it is exciting the whole way through with no surprises to take the edge off your shipping experience. We love when everything goes smoothly and safely and you are united with your new purchase or life-long companion at the other end of its journey with no drama or problems. Rocket Freight always ensures from the outset that your informed of all possible eventualities and nothing is left out and that’s why our customers keep coming back for the rocket freight difference.

The most common things to Consider before shipping a motorhome

What Taxes might be payable to Customs on Arrival

What Taxes might be payable to Customs on Arrival
All goods over a value of NZD 1000 imported into NZ are subject to GST, and some items may be subject to Duty. The current rate is 15% of the CIF value (meaning the cost of your goods, + freight + insurance) some goods have exemption such as personal effects and vehicles but only under certain conditions. Contact rocket freight to find out if a concession applies to your situation.

What about quarantine decontamination and cleanliness

MPI is looking for anything that might be a threat to New Zealand’s Biosecurity. This can be insects such as the fruit fly which would devastate crops and farmers lively hoods if allowed access to new Zealand unchecked by MPI, also microscopic natural threats like PSA kiwifruit disease which likely came through the border. Seeds, dirt, grass and basically anything that is alive or was alive at some stage could potentially be a threat and is taken very seriously by MPI. We highly recommend to save additional fees anything you send to NZ is of the highest standard of cleanliness. Contact Rocket Freight today if you have any more questions.

What paperwork do I need in order to ship

There are many different types of documents that you may need depending on the type of goods you are trying to Import. Rocket Freight can help you determine this, however the main documents needed for a simple customs clearance is:

  1. A bill of lading
  2. Purchase invoice
  3. NZ Customs Client Registration Number (for goods over NZ$1000.00)
  4. Container Quarantine Declaration (for full containers)

Some goods will require a fumigation certificate, a phytosanitary certificate, or a certificate of origin. Contact Rocket Freight today for help with your import documentation.

What about compliance & registration costs

Compliance and registration are additional costs. We can help with complying your vehicle for registration in NZ but the registration process itself must be handled by the importer. There are many compliance centres available throughout NZ if you choose to arrange this yourself, otherwise the team can help guide you through this process. Get in touch today.

Can I ship personal effects in my motorhome

Goods can be put inside your caravan for shipping but only if you ship inside a shipping container. Everything you put inside must be declared to NZ customs & MPI on arrival or at the destination country’s relevant authority. If you are shipping by Roll on Roll off, then vehicles with personal effects loaded in them are not accepted by the shipping lines. Contact Rocket Freight if you have any queries regarding what you can load.

Questions our customers frequently ask when it comes to motorhome shipping

How long does it take?

That all depends! On where its coming from or going to, and on what service you choose. The sailing times and frequencies vary, so if your timeline is pressing get in touch today and we can look at the different options available to you.

When and how should I book in?

The sooner the better! As soon as you have a plan in place we can request space with the shipping lines. Depending on the space availability there may be a delay on shipping so if you have a date in mind get in touch with the Rocket Freight team immediately and we can set up a booking for you.

Do I need to have a current registration to ship?

No, however for exports you do have to de-register the car before it leaves the country. The team at Rocket Freight can guide you through this process.

Do you Pickup Vehicles worldwide?

We can certainly try! As long as there is access to an international sea port we can usually assist. Get in touch with the team today and let us know the details.

Will my motorhome be insured?

In most cases insurance is not included in the freight price quoted however the team at Rocket Freight will be able to help you insure the goods for transit if required. It pays to check your Inco terms / Purchase terms as this may be arranged with your supplier. Contact Rocket Freight today if you have any more questions about insurance.

Can I ship a gas bottle on my motorhome?

No, unfortunately gas bottles are considered dangerous goods and should be removed prior to shipping.

Should I empty my motorhome before shipping?

If you are shipping via Roll on Roll off then we suggest you remove anything that is not tied down. The vehicle will be accessed by wharf hands and handed through many ports during transit. And often shipping lines will not accept the unit on roll on roll off unless it is emptied. If you are loading into a shipping container you can leave your belongings inside as long as they are all declared.

Rocket Freight has shipped thousands of vehicles.

Rocket Freight has shipped thousands of vehicles we are here to help with any and all questions, we are leaders in the field of freight and logistics and can help guide you through all this information and make sure you make the right decision based on what is important to you. This is a part of our business that sets us apart from the others.

Motorhome Shipping

Looking to ship a truck from UK to NZ?

Rocket Freight can make it simple.

Shipping a truck from the UK to NZ is easier than you think.

Rocket Freight excels in transporting trucks from the UK to NZ with seamless efficiency. Leveraging our vast experience and robust network, they ensure a streamlined process from pickup to delivery. With tailored solutions, our team navigates complex logistics effortlessly, providing clients with peace of mind. 

Rocket Freight’s commitment to reliability and cost-effectiveness shines through as we manage customs clearance and transit with precision. Whether it’s single trucks or entire fleets, our dedication ensures timely and secure delivery. Trust Rocket Freight to handle your truck shipping needs with expertise and care.

Our team knows

What needs to happen through each step of the shipping process

Being a well-established family-operated business, our commitment lies in providing you with a prompt and cost-effective solution for shipping vehicles. Unlike obsolete freight companies, we deliver personalised service without transferring you between multiple contacts. 

Wherever you are situated worldwide, we assure smooth door-to-door delivery and seamless communication to ensure your peace of mind. Importing trucks from Australia to New Zealand is our area of expertise, so don’t hesitate to get in touch and explore how we can support you.

Your truck is in good hands.

With a multitude of tasks at hand, having a dedicated team by your side significantly streamlines the process. With our support, you can accelerate the delivery of your vehicle, attaining quicker timelines, and cost-effectiveness, and ensuring it arrives precisely when you need it the most.

We can help you to get an instant quote to import to Port Auckland or Christchurch:

We can help you to get an instant quote to export from Port Auckland or Christchurch:


Can I fill my truck with stuff and ship it from the UK to NZ?
Can I fill my truck with stuff and ship it from the UK to NZ?
You may pack your truck with items for shipping, but only if it’s transported within a shipping...

You may pack your truck with items for shipping, but only if it’s transported within a shipping container from the USA to NZ. All contents must be declared to New Zealand Customs & MPI upon arrival or to the relevant authority. Keep a detailed record of packed items. If using the Roll on Roll off method, no items are permitted inside the vehicle. Contact Rocket Freight for cargo inquiries.

Is it worth shipping my truck from the UK to NZ?
Is it worth shipping my truck from the UK to NZ?
Deciding whether it’s worth shipping a truck from the UK to NZ depends on factors like the truck’s...

Deciding whether it’s worth shipping a truck from the UK to NZ depends on factors like the truck’s value, import costs, and personal needs. Consideration of shipping expenses against purchasing a new or used vehicle locally is essential to determine its feasibility and worthiness. Talk to our team today. 

How can I ship a truck from Uk to NZ?
How can I ship a truck from Uk to NZ?
Start by gathering crucial details about your selected truck: its year, make, model, and port in the...

Start by gathering crucial details about your selected truck: its year, make, model, and port in the USA for shipping. Afterwards, contact a shipping company like Rocket Freight to handle the shipment. Importing a truck from the USA to New Zealand stands out as one of the simplest global import/export procedures, owing to the robust bilateral relationship between the two nations.