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High Cube Shipping Container Hire

Are you looking for a 20ft or 40ft storage container with a taller construction or higher capacity? Our high cubes provide the extra storage space you need. High-cube shipping containers are similar to standard container sizes but feature an additional 300mm in height. This style of shipping container for hire allows for an increase in quantity and volume for smaller items and accommodates oversized freight.

SEA Containers NZ supplies a diverse range of high-grade new and used containers for hire and sale throughout New Zealand. All 20ft and 40ft high-cube containers are manufactured to high-quality specifications, complying with international regulatory standards.

What is a high cube container

A high-cube shipping container is almost identical to a standard shipping container but has an extra foot of vertical space. 

Types of container

We rent and sell new and refurbished containers. All our shipping containers for hire are guaranteed to be 100% wind, water and vermin-proof to ensure stored goods remain safe and protected. 


‘A-grade’ new containers have only travelled directly from the manufacturer on their maiden voyage. These containers come with vents in the side walls, marine plywood floors and lockboxes. 


Choose a used shipping container for hire to keep costs down. You’ll have a secure place to store your belongings and ensure your cargo reaches its destination safely.

Our ‘B-grade’ containers have been used for international shipping and may have a few dents or blemishes, but they’re still 100% fit for use. These units are suitable for storage of household and commercial items. 

Our ‘C-grade’ shipping containers are supplied ‘as-is’. Signs of previous repairs, dents and rust may be evident. These economy-grade units are ideal for long-term storage and agricultural use. 

Container Sizes

High-cube shipping containers for hire are also available as open-side and dangerous goods containers.

20 ft

20ft high-cube containers are the industry standard size for intermodal transportation. Ship cargo cross-country and worldwide, create portable buildings or store extra-tall equipment. A 20ft high cube shipping container can also hold high-density products such as ceramics, metal and dried grains while remaining within weight limits.

40 ft

A 40ft high-cube container is the most common shipping container used by the Australian and New Zealand maritime transportation industry. Uses include home modification, general-purpose storage and on-site office space.

Should I hire or buy

Hire a high-cube container for a more flexible solution for short-term arrangements such as storing furniture during renovations. Buy a shipping container for longer-term applications such as home modification. If you’re looking for a more permanent option, check out our range of high-cube shipping containers for sale.

Cost of hiring a container

Container hire prices vary according to your container requirements, the unit condition and grade. Contact our friendly team on 0508 732266 to request an obligation-free quote.

Delivery options

We deliver containers throughout New Zealand via our extensive network of depots. Your shipping container may be transported using a HIAB or a swing lift truck. Once we confirm your order, we aim to deliver to metropolitan locations within 24-48 hours. The delivery time frame will be a little longer for customers located in more remote areas. Speak with our team about our door-to-door service to your home or business.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I use a high cube container for?

Some of the most common uses for a high-cube shipping container are transport and furniture storage

The versatility of this type of shipping container makes it a popular choice for modification. The extra headroom appeals to people wanting to create a kiosk, retail shop, office, bar, restaurant, or home. 

Can the container be modified?

Yes, our team can arrange a wide range of modifications to suit your project or preference. The box height and extra capacity allow air-conditioning vents, insulation, plumbing and electrical fittings to be installed. Need more great ideas? You may like an internal shelving system, easy access doors, roller doors, company logo, lockboxes, or just a fresh coat of paint. Contact our friendly team to discuss customised solutions for our storage containers.

Hire a container today

Whether you’re looking for new or used, high-cube, general-purpose, flat-rack or refrigerated containers, SEA has shipping containers for hire and sale in stock to suit all purposes. Email our friendly sales team at [email protected], or call us on 0508 732266.