Tiny House Transport Options

Tiny House Transport

Option 1: Road legal Tiny Homes - DIY towing


If your tiny house is 3500kg or less (or can be stripped out to be 3,500kgs or less by transporting removable items in a separate vehicle), then you can tow your own tiny house. You will need a tow vehicle capable of towing 3,500kg, and you will need to be an experienced driver confident with towing large loads. You will require a class 2 licence if the combined GMV of the tiny house and your towing vehicle exceeds 6,000kg.




Option 2: Road legal Tiny Homes - Professional tow


If your tiny house is 3500kg or less (or can be stripped out to be 3500kgs or less by transporting removable items in a separate vehicle), and you don’t want to tow your own tiny house then you can contract almost any towing company to tow your tiny house for you. We do have recommendations for companies that tow our tiny homes regularly, so reach out to us and we can organise a quote for you, or put you in touch directly.




Option 3: Overweight Tiny Homes - Truck haulage


If your tiny house exceeds 3,500kg, then you’ll need to transport your tiny house on the back of a truck. First your tiny house is jacked up off its trailer so that a ‘low-loader’ truck trailer can be backed in underneath. These ‘heavy trailers’ can easily take the additional weight. The tiny house is secured to the truck, and delivered to site. The tiny house trailer needs to be towed separately to the site ahead of the tiny house. Once the house arrives, the house is jacked back up, and lowered back down onto its own trailer again. Keep in mind, the a large area of level ground is required on, or very near the site for this unloading procedure. This delivery method is preferable as it means that you don’t need to strip any removable items from your tiny house and reassemble them onsite – everything that can be secured can stay in the tiny house during transit. Keep in mind that this delivery method is more expensive, as a larger tow vehicle is required. Particularly with inter-island travel, as it's much more expensive to take larger trucks on the ferry. We do have recommendations for haulage companies that tow our tiny homes regularly, so reach out to us and we can organise a quote for you, or put you in touch directly.




Assisted Delivery Service


Your owners manual should give you all the information you need to set up your tiny house by yourself with the help of friends and family, but we also offer an assisted delivery service. So if any of this seems daunting, we’ll happily send a small team of experts to assist in the delivery and set up. We can also transport any removable items or the tiny house trailer depending on the delivery method selected above. Contact us with your delivery address and we can arrange a quote for you.




The Rules


In New Zealand, Tiny homes are built onto ‘light simple trailers’. The regulations for this class of vehicle can be seen here (NZTA Factsheet 13D February 2017 ISSN 1172-0689 (print) ISSN 1172-0778 (online)). The critical factors are weight and size. It’s the responsibility of the driver to ensure that all regulations are met during transport on public roads. Tiny homes over 2.55m wide need to meet the ‘over dimension vehicles and loads’ regulations, you can see these here: (Fact sheet 53a Over dimension vehicles and loads ISSN 1172-0689 (print) ISSN 1172-0778 (online)) while being transported on public roads. Most tiny homes do not exceed 3.1m wide, therefore the only additional requirement to meet is displaying hazard signs at the rear of the tiny house. The delivery options available to you will depend on the weight of your tiny house. Your tiny house will be weighed upon completion, and this will dictate the delivery options.