How To Rent A Shipping Container In NZ

A guide to hiring containers

Renting a shipping container in NZ can be a stressful task, especially if it’s your first time. Depending on the project at hand, you’ll need to choose between a range of sizes and different variations. Also, you’ll need to have a clear understanding of how the container will be delivered and picked up.

This blog will be your guide on how to navigate the world of renting shipping containers and why finding the right supplier will save you a lot of time, energy and money.

What Is The Container Going To Be Used For?

There are many reasons why someone will want to rent a shipping container. Some of the extensive reasons can include:

  • Effective storage
  • Retail product shipment
  • International shipment
  • Make-shift office space

    Shipping containers are incredibly versatile in their function and can serve many purposes. If you seek a pop-up location for your business, renting can be a viable solution. However, the difficult decision regarding buying or selling can also come down to the amount of time you need the container.

How Long Will You Need The Shipping Container?

For many, this is the million-dollar question. If you’re looking to use the shipping container as a means of transporting goods, there are a few points you should consider. First, is the container leaving the country? Do you know the logistics of how a shipping container is returned?

A domestic shipment will understandably cost substantially less than an international transit. Nevertheless, due to the month-long waits of travelling globally with a container ship, you’ll need to be aware that renting a 10 ft, 20 ft or 40 ft shipping container will likely cost more due to time.

This is why you should consider purchasing a shipping container if you intend to have it shipped overseas. The last thing you want to deal with is a container stuck in a country as you consistently pay for an item you aren’t using or can’t get access to.

If you’re unsure what option could benefit you the most, find a container depot that offers to rent and buy. This way, highly-experienced advisors can determine whether buying a shipping container may be better for you.

Do You Have A Budget In Mind?

Budgeting is necessary to carry out, regardless of the task at hand. Shipping containers are no different as there can be unforeseen costs that do arise. Handling a shipping container for stationary purposes is much cheaper than hauling the container to multiple locations.

Regardless, it’s recommended that you reserve at least 10% of the initial worked-out costs. This way, you can avoid any unexpected expenses that may come your way. Remember, a comprehensive depot, like ContainerCo, will have an experienced team of advisors ready to assist. The last thing you want to do is not have enough budget for containers, especially if you plan to ship them.

What Type of Shipping Container Will Be Best For You

A comprehensive shipping container company should provide many different sizes and types. The most common measures that are found include:

  • 10 ft shipping container
  • 20 ft shipping container
  • 40 ft shipping container

The size will correlate to the intention of renting. For example, if you seek a temporary storage unit for personal or commercial belongings, the 10 ft shipping container will be perfect. However, the shipment of many export products may require shipping containers as large as 40 ft.

Regarding types of containers, several options serve unique purposes:

Dry shipping containers – The most common container – also come with a secure lock.
Open-top shipping containers – Ideal options for where the contents are higher than the container.
Dangerous goods shipping containers – With a capacity of 1250L, these containers are certified to house hazardous items. Side-opening shipping containers – Beneficial when needing easy access to the contents.
Refrigerated shipping containers – Perfect for temperature-sensitive shipping items.
Flat-racks – Ideal for transporting large or oversized goods.
High-cube shipping containers – Need more height? Certain shipping containers can come with high-cube options.


At ContainerCo, we pride ourselves on providing an extensive range of shipping containers for hire or purchase. Our range of 10ft, 20ft and 40ft containers can be used for various purposes, including shipment, storage or construction, to name a few. Featuring more than just containers in our product range, we also sell accessories and parts for shipping containers to ensure your container can be maintained and repaired after prolonged use. 

Offering specialised containers along with dry standard variations, ContainerCo’s containers include refrigerated, dangerous goods, high-ball, open-top and side-opening options. As a fully-established shipping container company, we also have the facilities to modify purchased shipping containers. Our specialised team can assist you with altering containers into workspaces, cafes, tiny homes or construction site offices. 

We can serve Kiwis across the country with facilities operating in Auckland, Tauranga, Christchurch, Wellington and Waikato. So next time you require a shipping container, make sure to hire or buy yours at ContainerCo today! 

Contact us on 0508 732 873 or request a free online quote today!

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