A Guide To Different Types Of Shipping Containers

When it comes to shipping containers for hire and sale, there are a large variety of sizes, structures and functions available. Containers play a huge role in economic development and are also becoming a clear living solution with container modifications in NZ. No matter what you are looking for there are many different containers available.

Different kinds of shipping containers and modifications.


We have many available sizes of shipping containers for sale in NZ. The most sought after are 20 ft containers and 40 ft containers. 10 ft containers, although overlooked - provide a great option for smaller, more compact spaces and are great for everyday storage and transportation.

High cube containers are extremely popular and are similar in dimensions to regular containers. However, they have more height meaning more vertical room inside. These taller containers are much more comfortable and spacious for converting containers to livable spacious or to store vehicles or larger cargo.

Open-top containers

These containers resemble regular general purpose containers with one difference, the roof is replaced with a tarpaulin cover. These modified shipping containers are common with a similar function to the everyday container.

Their only differing factor is the removable roof. This allows for much more vertical space for taller or loose contents to be stored.

The tarpaulin protects the goods from wind and water. As well as this, the removable cover makes it easy for loading and unloading as cranes and other machinery can move heavier contents. Loose material can be easily loaded straight into the open top.

The open-top containers increase the range of goods that can be stored or transported as heavier, loose and oddly-shaped items such as machinery, gravel and dirt can be stored with ease.

Open-side containers

These are also similar to a general use container. The container has been modified to have a side door as well as the regular doors at either end. The side doors can span the entire length of the container or a small section, depending on its required use.

Side opening containers in NZ offer many practical advantages. One of which is easier loading/unloading as there is more access to the items, which makes transport much quicker and more efficient. The side doors also allow larger or more oddly-shaped items to be loaded into the container that otherwise wouldn't have fit.

This container allows full side access for loading or unloading of pallets. Due to increased functionality and a wider range of items available to be stored, the side opening shipping containers are a perfect transport and storage solution.

Refrigerated containers

These revolutionary containers, otherwise known as reefer containers, are equipped with a refrigeration system that is able to keep items at a constant internal temperature. They come in a variety of sizes, notably as 40ft or 20ft shipping containers for sale.

There are a range of items that can be stored in reefer containers such as food, plants and other perishables. Buying or hiring these containers makes storing of temperature-sensitive goods much easier. Refrigerated containers for sale in NZ make the range of goods able to be stored much greater.

Dangerous goods shipping containers

When looking to hire or buy containers it is important to take the contents needing to be stored into consideration. Dangerous goods containers were built to hold hazardous items and ones at risk of leakage. These containers are very secure and durable. These have a high spill capacity and are reinforced with steel. They keep both external and internal environments safe and are suitable for paints, oils and other chemicals and flammable items.


No matter what container you are after, ContainerCo has the solution.

At ContainerCo we have shipping containers NZ wide in a range of sizes and configurations. Depending on your needs, you can hire for short or long term. Purchasing the container can offer a more permanent solution to your needs. We have 40 ft, 20 ft and 10 ft shipping containers for sale NZ-wide.

We also aid in the modification of shipping containers for the purpose of site office creation and various other portable buildings. Dangerous goods, refrigerated shipping containers and accessible containers with a side door offering full side access and open-top containers can all be purchased through ContainerCo.

Our containers range from 10 ft, 20 ft and 40 ft containers for sale. We have containers for sale in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Waikato and NZ-wide. Or try hiring containers in Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland, and NZ-wide. Buy containers that are completely suited to your individual needs.

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