Container sales

Shipping containers for sale

SEA Containers NZ specialises in high-grade shipping containers for hire and sale, 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 transport or storage requirements.

Choose from various new and used shipping containers to buy or hire. Popular sizes include 40ft and 20ft containers, available in standard and high cube height to provide convenient, extra storage solutions. These general-purpose units are manufactured with materials that withstand extreme temperatures while maintaining the container’s strength and water tightness. In addition, we can fit an optional lockbox onto any container for added security. We also offer a range of modifications to meet your specific container demands.

View our range shipping containers for sale NZ-wide at one of our 40+ container depots, including Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Our extensive transport network allows us to have your container efficiently transported by road, sea, or rail, using a crane truck or side-loading swing lift. Contact us today to discuss container delivery or request a quote from a team that puts your needs first.

Our range of containers

40 foot container for sale in NZ

40ft Container

Our 40 foot containers are ideal for storing or sending large volumes of good overseas or throughout New Zealand.

20 foot container for sale in NZ

20ft Container

The 20 foot container is one of the most popular sizes. Ideal for storing and transporting household furniture, tools, equipment or materials.  Used and new containers available or hire is an option for a short term option.

10ft Containers

A 10ft container is perfect the size because it’s a versatile, sturdy, and cost-effective solution for storing and transporting a small amount of goods.

Used Shipping Containers

Sea Containers NZ supply used shipping containers for sale or hire. Our containers come in a variety of sizes and configurations. We have containers suitable for domestic and export use, and containers suitable for both bulk and light weight materials.

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Refrigerated (Reefer) 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 Base Containers

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.

Our Container Depot Locations

Sea Containers NZ has depots throughout New Zealand which means we can virtually deliver a container anywhere. Click on your nearest branch from the list below to view depot location and contact details. Our friendly staff have years of experience and can answer any question you have. Whether it’s about sizes, delivery, hiring vs buying or which type of container will best suit your needs. 

Buying a new vs used shipping container

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 require the container?
  5. Whether you are looking for new or used shipping containers.


New containers
are suitable for:

  • Container homes or extending living spaces
  • Pop-up restaurants
  • Workshops
  • Office spaces
  • Portable buildings or stores
  • General-purpose or household storage


Second-
hand containers are good for:

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


We assign
a grade to each container using a three-tier system for both new and used New Zealand shipping containers. Our containers are available in a variety of conditions, from new to economy grade:

  • An A-grade container has had one trip only and comes directly from the manufacturer, so it is as new as you can get. But the container can still arrive with wear and tear from international shipping.
  • A B-grade container is wind and water-tight but may have had previous repairs; perfect for storing commercial and household items. 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 refurbished containers generally arrive with previous repair patches too.


Container types

Refrigerated Containers

Also known as ‘reefers’, our refrigerated shipping containers operate at temperatures between minus 25 °C and +25 °C, the ideal temperature range for storing and transporting perishables such as food and beverages. The container door opens fully on one end only.

High Cube Containers

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

Side Opening Containers

A side opening container is useful for transporting heavy and bulky goods and allows for easier loading and unloading. Side opening containers are the most flexible type of container 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. These units are standard container size, with doors at each end allowing easy access to your goods, eliminating the need to unload the entire container. Perhaps install a partition wall in the middle of the container, creating two separate rooms, each 3m long.

Dangerous Goods Storage

If you are transporting or storing hazardous items, our dangerous goods storage containers will ensure goods such as gas bottles, fertilisers, petroleum and paint thinners are stored or shipped safely.

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. In addition, our open-top models feature end doors to provide further flexibility for unloading items.

Insulated Containers

We also have insulated shipping container options that are wind and water-proof and are ideal for transporting goods that 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.

Container sizes

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.

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. 

40 Ft Containers

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

Frequently Asked Questions

To determine the best container to buy, we need to consider its intended use, space, budget and container requirements. Contact our friendly staff and let us help you find a quality shipping container sale option to match your project requirements and budget.

Container hire is ideal for short-term applications such as shipping and temporary storage. Purchase a container if you’re planning to use the container long-term. If you decide later that you no longer require it, you can re-sell and recoup your investment.

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.

Shipping containers for sale prices depend on their grade, type of container, your location, and any associated delivery charges. For further information and to obtain an obligation-free quote, email our sales team at [email protected] or request a callback.

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.

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

Yes! We can customise used and new containers with personal access doors, windows, shelving, lights, ventilation and more.

Get in touch

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