Mercator was recently tasked with shipping this 1967 airstream caravan from the UK to New Zealand.  This particular consignment was requested because the caravan dealer in the UK had sold the vehicle to a customer in New Zealand.  We were approached by the dealer in this case, and dealt directly with their buyer in New Zealand to arrange the shipping.


Before the caravan was loaded onto the vessel for the sea freight journey to New Zealand, we arranged for an inspection of the caravan.  Our contact at Southampton port completed a full inspection of the caravan which included detailed photographs and illustrated drawings of the vehicle showing locations of any damage or marks that were noted.  We offer this for all our vehicle shipping consignments as it gives an audit trail of the condition of the vehicle so if there are any problems we know when they occurred.

The caravan was shipped via RORO – which is a roll-on roll-off service.  This is where the vehicle is rolled onto the vessel at origin port, and then rolled off at destination.  Most caravans are able to be containerised for transport, which is generally a cheaper option that RORO.  The risk of damage is minimised if containerised caravan shipping is selected as the vehicle does not move during transit (it’s strapped into the container and padding is added to protect corners.  On this occasion the airstream caravan was just a touch too big to fit into a container and that is why a RORO service was selected.

Sea freight from the UK to New Zealand takes around 45 days.  This vessel called at Auckland, where we asked our partner agent in New Zealand to deal with the clearance and landing of the caravan.  The customer in New Zealand was able to collect the vehicle from the port and take it home to begin their renovation works.

If you have a caravan (or motorhome, or any vehicle) that you need to arrange the shipping to New Zealand (or Australia) then get in touch with us to find out how we can help.  Our export team are well versed in shipping vehicles to New Zealand, including specific requirements and charges to clear the vehicle through customs (e.g. duty and GST), so any questions just ask! Email our team on or give us a call +44 2392 756 575.

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    Please note we are unable to handle personal shipments.