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Side Opening Shipping Container Hire 

Are you looking for a shipping container offering easy access to store non-perishable items? Side-opening shipping containers allow full side access and are the best solution for loading and unloading bulky goods.

At SEA Containers New Zealand, we supply affordable side-opening containers for hire, guaranteed weather-resistant, vermin-proof, robust and secure. We are a New Zealand-wide shipping container provider, but we still maintain that personal touch to provide outstanding service to New Zealanders.

What is a side opening container

Side-opening shipping containers feature additional doors positioned on the side. This type of container is the easiest of all shipping containers to load and unload by forklift or hand. As a result, side containers are commonly used to transport cargo and store oversized items, particularly if frequent access is required. Depending on the configuration, the unit could have side doors on one side or both sides and two doors on one end or both ends.

Types of container

We hire and sell a wide range of new and second-hand containers, all guaranteed to be 100% wind and watertight


‘A-grade’ new containers for hire have travelled on just one sea voyage from China and are in excellent condition. These containers generally have vents in the side walls and are constructed with marine plywood floors. Lockboxes are standard. 


Choose our B or C-grade side-door shipping containers if you’re searching for more affordable options. 

Our ‘B-grade’ containers have been utilised in international shipping and may have minor damage, surface rust or repairs. And, once we update our side-door containers with a valid CSC plate, they are 100% seaworthy. 

Our ‘C-grade’ shipping containers are supplied ‘as-is’. Signs of repairs, dents and rust may be visible, but they are excellent solutions for short and long-term secure storage

Container Sizes

20 ft

20ft side containers are the industry standard shipping container size for intermodal transportation. A 20ft side-opening shipping container is also an excellent solution for goods storage during renovations, a mobile retail space, or creating an on-site office. 

40 ft

A 40ft side-opening shipping container suits various purposes, including modified workshops, as the open sides allow for easy access to tools. In addition, their length makes them ideal for extra storage space for machinery or agricultural equipment. 

Benefits of hiring vs buying

Hiring a side-opening container is suitable for short-term arrangements such as:

  • Seasonal or temporary storage
  • Events or festivals
  • One-off transporting of large, over-sized or oddly-shaped items

Buy a side-opening shipping container for:

  • Long term storage
  • Modification projects 

If you’re looking for something more permanent, take a look at our side-opening shipping containers for sale

Container hire prices

Side-opening shipping container pricing varies according to your container requirements, the unit’s condition and grade. In addition, we offer flexible, short and long-term leasing plans for home or business use. Request an obligation-free quote online now, or contact our helpful team on 0508 732266.

Delivery options

We offer fast and affordable transport across New Zealand via our extensive network of depots. The delivery method we use will depend on the type of container and your site location. We will either use a HIAB truck or a swing lift truck. Once we confirm your order, we aim to deliver to metropolitan areas within 24-48 hours. To customers located in rural areas, delivery will take a little longer. We also specialise in inner-city, inter-city, and inter-island shipping container relocations. Speak with our team about our door-to-door delivery service.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I use a side opening container for?

These containers are ideal storage solutions; fill them with tools, machinery, or construction equipment. Additionally, due to their versatility and full side-door access, side-opening containers allow for various modifications. Convert a container into an extra guest room, granny flat, retail store, backyard gym, pop-up restaurant or workshop.

Can the container be modified?

Yes, we offer side-opening shipping container modification to suit your needs. Our team can include internal shelving, roller doors, lighting, windows and ventilation systems. Contact our friendly team to discuss a container that will be the right fit for you.

Hire a side opening shipping container today

Whether you’re searching for new or used, side-opening, general-purpose, flat-rack or high-cube containers, SEA Containers can help you find the right container for hire to suit your purpose. We’ll deliver to you anywhere in New Zealand. Email our friendly sales team at [email protected],  or call us on 0508 732266.