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Moving a pet to Auckland is a very expensive process, costing thousands of dollars in most cases. But if your dog or cat is part of the family, you need to start planning for the move to Auckland at least six months in advance. New Zealand has very strict regulations in place to protect the environment.

There is no rabies or heartworm in New Zealand, so cats and dogs from countries where these are present must undergo blood tests at least six months before departure. Even pets from countries where rabies is well-controlled need to undergo medical tests and make sure their vaccinations are up to date before they will be allowed into New Zealand.

Australia is the only exception to this: you can move your pets freely between New Zealand and Australia using the Pet Passport scheme.

The only pets that can be brought into New Zealand are cats and dogs from certain countries, rabbits from Australia and ch…