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The region’s gateway to the world  

Port Nelson’s purpose is to facilitate regional prosperity, Kia āhei ki te kōkiri whakamua ki te taumata ā-rohe. 

Port Nelson is the maritime gateway for Te Tauihu – a vital hub for economic activity and a key stakeholder in our region's continued growth and prosperity. For over 170 years Port Nelson has welcomed visitors and commercial operators to the region. Major export commodities from Te Tauihu include forestry products (logs, sawn, and processed lumber), seafood, pip fruit, and wine. Port Nelson is also the largest seafood processing port in Australasia, supporting and catering to the needs of come of New Zealand’s main seafood companies and associated fishing fleets.   

As well as being a port of call for vessels into the region, the Port offers smart and sustainability-focused logistics solutions through the Port’s QuayConnect and QuayPack businesses. QuayConnect works with on-site partner QuayPack to offer integrated transport and 3PL storage solutions to our customers. The Port utilises 23,000m2 of BRC accredited storage facilities (the Patterson Logistics Centre, New Zealand’s largest on-port storage facility), and has a dedicated and scheduled trucking service. This enables the Port to efficiently connect products to market with award-winning supply chain solutions and transparent technology, minimising our collective impact on the environment and reducing costs.   

The Port also has a significant fleet of container handlers and cranes including a brand new 85m Liebherr crane on-site to efficiently load and unload cargo, and offers log loading solutions in Te Tauihu with the Port’s on-site Stevedoring business.   

 

Port Nelson Commodities

Tasman and Marlborough districts produce a number of primary commodities which are exported to global markets. 67% of Port Nelson’s volume are exported and 33% are imported. Given its reasonably isolated location, the Port serves an extremely important function – to facilitate the region’s prosperity.

Major export commodities from the top of the South Island include forestry products (logs, sawn and processed lumber), seafood, pip fruit and wine. Port Nelson is the largest seafood processing port in Australasia, supporting and catering to the needs of some of New Zealand’s main seafood companies and associated fishing fleets, including the engineering sector that supports the industry.  

Nelson/Tasman is also the second-largest apple growing region in the country, with approximately 28% of the total apple crop being produced here and exported around the world. Approximately 70% of New Zealand’s wine is produced in Marlborough, making Port Nelson a vital link in the wine industry’s supply chain. The main import commodities to Port Nelson are fuel and vehicles, both second-hand and new. Honda’s national distribution plant is located in Stoke, Nelson. The natural cargo catchment for Port Nelson is the top of the South Island, stretching as far southeast as Seddon and across to the West Coast.