South Port NZ Ltd is located in Bluff Harbour, at the southern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, South Port is New Zealand’s southernmost commercial deep water port.


From its base on the 40ha man-made Island Harbour, South Port is proud to provide a full range of marine services, cargo and container shipping, and on-site warehousing for domestic and international customers. The port is ideally situated to service Southland’s significant export and import industries including aluminium, timber, fisheries, dairy, meat, wood chips, stock food, cement, alumina, fertiliser and petroleum products.

South Port prides itself on adding value to its import and export customers, providing customised solutions to meet their needs and partnering with them to achieve their operational objectives.

South Port is a member of the Southland Energy Consortium. The Southland Energy Consortium represents local businesses focused on the energy and exploration support industry.




The port operates 24 hours a day, 364 days a year.

South Port provides a full suite of marine services including pilotage, towage and berthage; cargo facilities servicing bulk, break bulk, container and project cargo; and warehousing including both cold and dry storage.

South Port’s also has a dedicated wharf and causeway servicing Rio Tinto’s New Zealand Aluminium Smelters at Tiwai Point, as well as a town wharf structure servicing the coastal petroleum industry and bunkering vessels.

South Port has an 11 berth wharf, ranging in size from 100m to 426m and a maximum working draft of 9.7m.


South Port has an on-site container terminal for import and export of containerised goods.

The container terminal consists of 560 dry and 105 reefer slots. Additional reefer slots are also available in different locations on the Island Harbour, bringing the total capacity to 200 slots. Forklifts are used in the container terminal for storage and delivery, with the ability to store containers 5 high.


South Port is a member of the International Association of Ports and Harbours, as well as the Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum.

Containers are tracked using Jade Master Terminal (JMT). JMT is a single fully-integrated, web-based system for managing cargo needs.



Mark O’Connor, Chief Executive.

Rex Chapman, Chairman


    The following equipment is available for customer use at the port.

    Mobile Hoppers - 4 at 40 tonnes.

    Washdown Facility for Vehicle Imports - MPI Approved.

    Weighbridges - 1 of 50 tonnes capacity 21m x 3m platform. Automatic computer weighing operation.

    Pneumatic Unloader - 1 unit, 600 tonnes per hour with load-out conveyor. (At Tiwai Wharf for Aluminium Smelter product).

    Wood Chip Stockpile Loader - Storage capacity 150,000 tonnes. Loading 700 tonnes per hour.

    Bulk Liquid Complex - Storage capacity 4,775 tonnes. Loading 400-500 tonnes per hour.

    Forklifts, Wheel Loaders, Mobile Plant, etc - South Port has sufficient mechanical cargo handling plant to handle all cargoes with particular emphasis on containers, dairy product, meat, timber and general cargo. Craneage is available for hire.

    Mobile Harbour Container Crane - Two Liebherr LHM 400 mobile harbour cranes capable of handling up to 40’ containers with spreader and up to 100 tonnes on the hook. The cranes are also available for bulk and other general cargo.

    Electrical - The Island Harbour is serviced by an extensive underground high tension distribution system. Lighting is available in all working areas.

    Fumigation Shed


    PHYSICAL: Island Harbour, 251 Foreshore Road, Bluff 9814, New Zealand

    POSTAL: PO Box 1, Bluff 9842

    P: +64 3 212 8159

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