Importing a dog to New Zealand/Australia

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Barked: Mon Nov 12, '12 3:42pm PST 
Can anyone comment on the ups and downs of importing a dog to Australia or NZ? I know they have similar but different regulations, which are pretty difficult to keep straights. Any significant price differences/ hidden costs? I'm considering doing a 2 year working holiday, but would like to take my dog.

My understanding is that it would be cheaper to import a dog to NZ, as the quarantine is only 10 days (from the US with all other vaccination/test requirements met), but I still find a lot of the regulations and logistics confusing. Anyone have any experience in this area?