IKEA in Auckland!

Well, in our kitchen anyway…

Just an update. Everything arrived intact, including all the glass doors. We had a wooden box made ( http://www.crating.com.au/ ) which was worth the extra money going by the state of the box after it was delivered. The company was very well organised and helpful, and they take credit cards so everything can be organised ‘remotely’.

We have brought over a Bravad Kitchen, additional kitchen cupboards, lighting (some cool LED ones) a couple of tables and chairs, and a Lonen Bathroom. ( http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_AU/complete_kitchen_guide/get_inspired/index.html ) I have assembled most of the kitchen and can confirm that it is very well made – it has been manufactured in Denmark and Sweden and everything fits together perfectly and it well constructed. Better design than some of the standard flat pack kitchens available locally.

There is a 7% import tax plus GST that you will need to be aware of, and I couldn’t find any way of getting the Australian GST refunded easily, but despite that it was still cheaper and better looking that anything similar locally.

We were lucky in that we had a warehouse to send everything to before the crate was built around it. The process would be to talk to a freight forwarder first (we used http://www.mgl.net.nz/ ) as you may need to get the goods delivered to a warehouse, possibly the crate making company, then get them crated and sent to the freight forwarder to arrange the shipment. It sounds more complicated than it is but you were bringing in a couple of tables it wouldn’t be worth the effort. We brought over 1200kg of kitchen, bathroom and general furniture – which took up two standard pallets.

Everything comes carefully packed from IKEA and I guess it’s had to come right the way around the world so it needs to be packed well. You’ll still need a crate and insurance.

If you’re committed and are doing some serious house renovations and want something different looking for your kitchen and bathroom etc, then I recommend this. Any questions? post a comment and I’ll help where I can.

    • Marc
    • August 25th, 2008

    We are looking at doing the same for our new kitchen, which store did you get your kitchen and other things from and how helpful did you find them?

    Look forward to your response

  1. Hi Marc,

    We went to IKEA Flatbush in Sydney.

    I guess they offer the same service as all the other IKEA stores, seemed to be identical to the one I went to in Liverpool UK.

    They will deliver to any local address (Sydney) for a fee.

    Everything comes flat packed as standard so it’s packaged the same way as it’s been shipped to IKEA from where ever it was made. The packaging is pretty good.

    The shipping is the tricky part, and IKEA can’t help there, they just sell the gear to locals (i.e. no online shopping for overseas etc).

    You need to pay to get a protective box made. I’ve been involved with freight forwarding and people don’t handle stuff with kidd gloves so it will get knocked around. You also have to get insurance, but if you find one door gets smashed, insurance may pay for a new one, but you’ll have to find someway of buying it and getting it over – hardly an ideal situation!

    The box was an extra cost, but for $800 or so (depending on the size, in our case it was 2.5m x 1.5m) it’s worth paying. The box completely protected everything, which the crate company first wrapped in plastic, then built the box around the whole pallet. It had been knocked around a bit which shows it was worth the money.

    You might want to see if the crating company will take delivery of the product from IKEA, crate it up, then get MGL to collect it from there. We didn’t do that because we had somewhere to take it to and I checked it and hand stacked it onto a pallet in my partners employers warehouse.

    Hope this helps, good luck!

  2. Hi Marc,

    Just uploaded some photo’s… check out this blog post.


    • Genevieve
    • June 7th, 2009


    I’m looking at doing the same thing.
    Out of interest what was the total shipping cost for the amount you bought in, 1200kg.
    Plus the $800 for crate and 7% import and 12.5%GST I presume.
    Just trying to get a complete picture of the cost to see if it justifies it.

  3. Hi Genevieve,

    Sorry but memory is a bit hazy – this was a while ago – and freight rates will have changed. I think it was about $1200 for freight the whole bill for freight and duty was around $2600 as we just got one bill for it.

    We did bring in quite a bit of stuff including an entire bathroom worth of cabinets including the sink, a shoe cabinet and some chairs. The marginal cost of bringing in more stuff made it worthwhile as you can stack the pallets about 2 meters. The freight is worked out on a volume/weight ratio.

    The bathroom only cost about $1400 all including tap-ware wall cupboards, mirror units and other bits and pieces – which was very cheap. From memory we spent about $10,000. That might sound a lot, but there is no way you could get the same visual effect (or quality) in NZ for that much as you are limited to M10 / Placemakers type kitchens, we got a solid Oak top, try finding that in NZ for a few hundred dollars! It’s deatils like slow closers and corner and pantry units that also need to be compared – the standard that IKEA offer isn’t even available at M10 or the like, you need to go to a custom made company and they charge a lot of that sort of ‘extra’. The units had either Oak veneer or solid Oak parts – most cheap stuff in NZ is simulated/printed Oak look alike.

    We found nothing that came close to the bathroom for even three times that money.

    Really important to check you have all the parts before they are shipped – you’ll be annoyed if you get it here and find you are missing a part!

    Hope that helps!

    • JohnA
    • May 16th, 2010

    any idea whether shipment from sydney ikea or melbourne ikea is cheaper – we are in wellington?

    • I’d imagine Sydney if only because of the frequency of shipping from there.

    • Jenny
    • August 16th, 2010

    Hi, I came across this post while doing some of my own ikea
    kitchen import research. There is a NZ company who will import it
    for you and take care of all the GST etc requirements. You can see
    them here: http://www.mykeaonline.co.nz I’ve submitted a quote but
    it says it will take 3 days to get the quote back, so we’ll see how
    the costs compare.

  1. August 11th, 2008

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