Multi-Step Pet Moves to New Zealand

Name: Kirsty
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Collie
From: Mainland China
To: New Zealand


Dear PetRelocation,

Can you please advise what my options are for relocating my dog from near Shanghai back to New Zealand? I understand it is likely he will need to go via another country, as direct import to New Zealand from China isn't possible. It would be good to get an idea about what I can do and the time frame, so if it is feasible I can start making plans for it now.



Hi Kirsty,

Advance planning is a very smart idea when it comes to pet travel, especially for strict rabies-free countries like New Zealand. And you're right, you can't take your dog directly to New Zealand from China so you will need to arrange a six month stay in an approved country.

Here is a link to the official New Zealand site that should help you put together a timeline of steps and requirements (which will include undergoing microchip implantation if necessary along with a series of rabies shots and parasite treatments).

If you'd like some additional assistance with your move, feel free to contact us for an online consultation. We have helped pets make multi-step moves such as yours before and would be happy to discuss your options with you.

Hope this helps to get you started! Good luck with everything, and we hope to hear from you soon.


PetRelocation Team


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