Shipping Containers for Sale

SEA Containers NZ specialises in high-grade shipping containers for sale and hire, delivered throughout New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. We work actively with our customers, using our team’s expert knowledge and experience to provide the best solution to fit your container requirements.

Choose from various types of new and used shipping containers to buy or hire. Popular sizes from our range include 40ft and 20ft containers – available in standard and high cube height to provide convenient storage solutions. We can fit a lock box onto all of our containers for added security, if required. We also offer a range of modifications to meet your specific container demands.

View high-quality shipping containers for sale NZ-wide at one of our 40+ container depots situated in North Island and South Island locations including Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Our extensive transport network allows us to efficiently deliver our orders across New Zealand by road, sea, or rail, using a hiab crane truck or side-loading swinglift. Contact us today to purchase or hire a quality container or request a quote from a team that puts your needs first.

Should I buy a new or used shipping container?  The answer depends on several things:

  1. What are you using it for?
  2. How long do you need it for?
  3. What is your budget?
  4. When do you actually require the container?
  5. Whether you are looking for new or used shipping containers

New containers can be used for:

  • Container homes or extending living spaces
  • Pop-up restaurants
  • Workshops
  • Offices
  • Portable stores
  • General and household storage

Second-hand used containers are good for:

  • Garden sheds
  • Shipping cargo around New Zealand and to the Pacific Islands
  • Storage
  • Garages
  • Nurseries or indoor gardens

We assign grades using a three-tier system for both new and used shipping containers:

  • A-grade container units have had one trip only and come direct from the manufacturer so are as new as you can get, but can still arrive with wear and tear from international shipping
  • B-grade containers are wind and water-tight, but may have had previous repairs; perfect for commercial and household storage. These can often be used for export still subject to survey and meet CSC shipping requirements
  • Our C-grade container products are sold ‘as-is’ and are ideal for agricultural use and industrial storage. These generally arrive with previous repair patches too.

Refrigerated Containers

Also known as ‘reefers’, our refrigerated shipping containers operate at temperatures between minus 25 °C and +25 °C. This is the ideal temperature range for storing and transporting perishables such as food and beverages.

High Cube

Utilise high cube containers for storage, pop-up shops and offices. With an extra foot of height, these 20ft or 40ft container units can easily hold extra tall content.

Side Opening Containers

Side opening containers are useful for transporting heavy and bulky goods and allow for easier loading and unloading. Side opening containers are the most flexible type of container we have available, with side door configurations allowing for easy access.

Double Ended Door Units

Multi-purpose double-ended door units are designed for on-site storage and transportation. Doors at each end allow for easy access to your goods, eliminating the need to unload the entire container.  Perhaps install a partition wall in the middle of the container, and use it as two separate storage rooms 3m long.

Dangerous Goods Storage

If you are transporting or storing hazardous items, our dangerous goods storage containers will ensure a safe containment of your cargo. Safely store and transport flammable items such as gas bottles, fertilisers, petroleum and paint thinners.

Open Top Containers

Simplify transporting and storing heavy machinery and equipment with an open-top container. The removable tarpaulin roof is secured by roof bows to protect your cargo from the elements. Our open top models feature end doors to provide further flexibility for unloading items.

Insulated Containers

Our insulated shipping containers are wind and water-proof, and are ideal for transporting goods which need to be kept at consistent ambient temperatures.  These are often referred to as ‘non-operating reefer’ containers.

Flat Racks or Bases

Flat-rack containers have reinforced floors for carrying heavy loads such as machinery or vehicles. These containers have no roof and are available with two rigid or collapsible ends.

10 Ft Containers

Our 10ft shipping containers are a practical solution for commercial or domestic, small to medium-sized storage. Easily transport cargo or use for conversion projects.

10ft Container Dimensions

20 Ft Containers

20ft containers are the industry standard size for intermodal transportation. Move equipment cross-country and globally, store household items, or create a temporary office on site. 

20ft Container Dimensions

40 Ft Containers

A 40ft container suits a wide variety of purposes, including conversion projects, transport and storage of farming equipment, cargo and vehicles. 

40ft Container Dimensions


What is the best shipping container to buy?

To determine the best container to buy, the range of factors to consider includes intended uses, space requirements, and budget. Contact our friendly staff and let us help you find a quality shipping container sale option to match your project requirements and budget.

Should I lease or buy a shipping container?

Container hire is ideal for short-term applications such as shipping and temporary storage. Buying a container is a good idea for long-term arrangements. If you decide later that you no longer require the container, you can re-sell and recoup your investment.

What is the life expectancy of a shipping container?

The life of a shipping container depends on its usage and environment. Our range of top-quality A-grade containers should last for 15 years or longer, if taken care of properly.

How much do containers for sale cost to buy?

Shipping container sale cost depends on its grade, type of container, your location, and any associated transport charges. For further information and to obtain an obligation-free quote, email our sales team at [email protected] or request a call back.

How much do containers cost to hire?

We offer a range of affordable short and long-term options for container hire across our national depot network. Prices start from as low as $4.00+GST per day plus transport, if applicable.

Are shipping containers waterproof?

We guarantee all our containers are 100% wind and water-tight, unless stated elsewhere that they are in ‘as-is’ condition.

Can I use a shipping container as a shed?

Yes! We can help you customise your new or used container with personal access doors, windows, shelving, lights, ventilation and more.

Get in touch

We have helped thousands of New Zealand business people and home owners secure the best shipping container for a wide range of purposes including goods storage needs, events, and residential projects. We look forward to providing the same high-quality service for you. Request a quote or contact us here.