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Refrigerated Reefer Container For Hire

SEA Containers supplies a wide range of new and refurbished refrigerated shipping containers for hire in New Zealand. The operating range of refrigerated shipping containers makes these high-capacity units suitable for storing and transporting temperature-sensitive goods that must remain chilled before sale, such as frozen food, meat, beverages, plants, fruit and vegetables.

Types of refrigerated containers

Our versatile reefer containers offer effective refrigeration benefits even in the highest ambient temperatures. Choose from new, used and non-operating storage containers.


Refrigerated shipping containers offer more than just a frozen storage solution. Reefer containers are mainly used for transporting perishables; however, new containers are increasing in popularity at festivals, corporate outings, and functions. Their excellent temperature control is designed to maintain food and beverages at specific degrees for prolonged periods.


Second-hand reefers are available as 20ft and 40ft containers. Our used refrigerated shipping containers are an affordable and practical way to store or transport perishable goods requiring precise temperature control.


For customers who don’t need a temperature-controlled unit but still need to store products in consistent conditions, hiring a non-operating container may be a better option. Non-operating refrigerated containers are equipped with durable insulation that retains hot or cold air temperature while reducing condensation.

Container Sizes

Our refrigerated shipping containers are available in all standard sizes and come with either single-phase (15 amp) or 3-phase (32 amp) power supply, depending on your preference. The box interior is manufactured from Corten steel, stainless steel and aluminium, with sandwich-packed foam.

In addition, our standard height containers are well-maintained, weather-tight and vermin-proof. All refrigerated containers also feature an easy-open access door on one end and complete inner and outer door seals to ensure no cold air escapes.


20ft reefers are the industry standard refrigerated shipping container size for transportation. Our 20ft models are generally available with either single-phase or 3-phase power supply units. This reefer container size features a capacity of 33.1m³ internally.


The 40ft models are most commonly used in international shipping. These containers can store up to 18 large pallets, offering a capacity of 67.7m³ of internal volume and supporting a maximum load of 30 tonnes. 40ft refrigerated storage containers are available in 3-phase only.

Should I buy or hire a container?

Refrigerated shipping containers are commonly used as portable containers for events, walk-in cold rooms, long-term chilled storage, retail shops and international shipping. A refrigerated shipping container offers many versatile advantages, and deciding whether you rent or buy depends on how you plan to use it.

Hire a refrigerated shipping container for:

  • Safe storage of temporary or seasonal items
  • Events and festivals that require on-site, precise temperature control
  • One-time shipping


Buy a refrigerated shipping container for:

  • Extra storage solutions for temperature-sensitive goods long-term
  • Regularly transporting cargo
  • Factory or lab storage solutions


If you’re interested in this more permanent solution, take a look at our range of storage containers for sale.

Prices to hire

Our reefer container prices reflect the container’s condition, type, grade and transport service required. Enjoy affordable short and long-term hire options. Depending on your requirements, we also supply side-opening, flat-rack, high-cube, and dangerous goods containers for rent and sale. Get in touch with our friendly team for a quote.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the temperature range of a refrigerated container?

Our versatile refrigerated shipping containers operate at a temperature range of -20°C to 18°C, making them ideal to store temperature-sensitive goods in.

Can I get the refrigerated shipping container delivered?

Yes, we deliver containers NZ-wide using either a HIAB crane truck or a side-loading swing lift. We can generally have your unit transported to any central metropolitan location within 24 to 48 hours, but a rural delivery service may take longer. All reefer containers receive a pre-trip inspection to ensure they are ready to fill. Get in touch with our team about transportation costs around New Zealand from our depot to your home or worksite.

Can a refrigerated container be modified?

Yes, we offer a range of refrigerated shipping container modification options to suit your needs, including shelving systems, full side-access doors, lighting, lockboxes, company logos, and modifications to normal container doors. Contact our friendly team to discuss customised solutions for any of our refrigerated shipping containers.

Hire a container today

At SEA Containers, we have helped people across New Zealand secure the best container for hire or sale to fit their great ideas. Whether you’re looking for modified high cube containers for equipment, furniture, and machinery storage, events, festivals, or residential projects, we can help. Get in touch with us today, and we will find the ideal solution that suits your needs. Email our friendly sales team here, or call us on 0508 732266.