Furniture Packer/Mover Kaiuta/Kaiwhakaneke Taonga

Furniture packers/movers pack furniture and equipment and move it between households, offices and storage places.

Furniture packers/movers may do some or all of the following:

  • discuss details of moves with clients
  • take an inventory of items and record any marks or damage
  • drive a truck or van
  • wrap and pack goods
  • carry furniture, cartons and other items to the furniture removal vehicle
  • load and secure items
  • unload items and unpack them
  • reassemble any furniture that has been disassembled
  • clean and tidy moving sites and equipment.

Physical Requirements

Furniture packers/movers need to have excellent fitness and health and must be strong.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for furniture packers/movers includes:

  • jobs that involve packing or heavy lifting
  • driving vans, trucks or other heavy vehicles
  • labouring experience – for example, on a building site.

Personal Qualities

Furniture packers/movers need to be:

  • practical
  • good planners and organisers
  • careful and respectful
  • responsible, reliable and honest
  • able to follow instructions
  • good at communicating
  • patient and tolerant.


Furniture packers/movers need to have:

  • good furniture-packing skills
  • knowledge of how to safely move difficult items such as pianos
  • health and safety knowledge
  • the ability to pack a truck so that it is balanced
  • the ability to read office plans and road maps
  • good driving skills
  • strong customer service skills.


Furniture packers/movers:

  • usually work long hours, including evenings, weekends and public holidays
  • work at and between offices, homes and warehouses
  • work in hard-to-access environments such as houses on steep hills
  • travel locally and nationally.

Furniture Packer/Movers can earn around $23-$26 per hour.

Pay for furniture packers/movers varies depending on skills and experience.

  • Furniture packers/movers usually start on minimum wage an hour.
  • Those with a Class 2 heavy vehicle licence usually earn $24 an hour.
  • Those with a Class 5 heavy vehicle licence usually earn $26 an hour.

Sources: Conroy Removals and New Zealand Van Lines, 2018.

Furniture packers/movers may progress to set up their own moving company.

Years Of Training

There are no specific entry requirements to become a furniture packer/mover. However, a driver's licence and/or heavy vehicle licence is useful. A clean criminal record is required by most employers.

Furniture Packer/Mover