Ports and Logistics

New Zealand looks at shifting Ports of Auckland

The New Zealand government is looking at shifting the country’s largest container port away from its prime real estate position in the country’s largest city.

An initial report commissioned by the government backs up Auckland Council’s idea to shift Ports of Auckland, which the council owns, to a different location, likely the Port of Tauranga to the north, or Northport near Whangārei to the south. The report suggests significant investment in new rail capacity will be needed if Auckland’s port is to move elsewhere. Further studies are to be commissioned.

As well as being the largest boxport, Auckland is also New Zealand’s largest car import terminal.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. Tauranga is to the east of Auckland, whilst Northport is at Marsden Point, which lies to the north of Auckland.

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