Inside Info: Port Nelson


Our Port is pumping and we need more great people to join us!

Port Nelson has a reputation as a great place to work.  As the maritime gateway for the top of the South Island and a vital hub for the region’s economic growth and prosperity the environment is dynamic.

Our people are our priority and we have an exceptional Health and Safety track record and commitment to wellbeing and ongoing development.

The Port is a great place to build a career and offers a range of opportunities across the differing business units from Logistics to Workshop and Maintenance to Stevedoring.

Port Nelson is proud to be a values-based organisation with a strong culture that upholds the ASPIRE values of:  Accountability, Safety, Passion, Integrity, Respect and Excellence.

Enjoy opportunities to up-skill on the job and be part of a friendly supportive team.

Port Nelson can offer you:

  • Great training and development opportunities
  • Supportive and friendly team
  • An outstanding safety culture
  • Opportunities to connect with work mates – regular social gatherings including onsite BBQs and an active social club
  • Benefits including: fitness / wellbeing allowance plus excellent employee discount scheme with local businesses

Check out our careers page and videos for more info!

Our Purpose (why are we doing this): to facilitate regional prosperity (kia āhei ki te kōkiri whakamua ki te taumata ā-rohe)

Our Business (how we operate): a broad range of activities are involved in the operation of the Port, these are provided through the following business units:

Marine – services include pilotage, towage, navigation aids, and the berthing, and departure of vessels. The Port operates three tugs and maintains a dredged channel to allow vessels up to 260 m in length to access the Port.

Slipway Services – this facility supports one of New Zealand’s strongest marine engineering clusters and currently provides services for vessels up to 2,400 t.

Stevedoring – operating in Nelson and Picton, Stevedoring handles the container exchange of major liner services in the Port as well as log loading, and other cargo solutions.

QuayPack – offers integrated transport and third-party logistics (3PL) storage solutions to customers utilising New Zealand’s largest onport storage facility and dedicated and scheduled trucking services.

Workshop and Maintenance – the team supports the Port’s operations with onsite repairs, maintenance and management of the Port’s plant and equipment.

QuayConnect – the logistics division of Port Nelson, QuayConnect efficiently connects products to market with supply chain solutions and transparent technology, minimising our collective impact on the environment and reducing costs.

Container Operations – manages the exchange of containers, the terminal offers cargo handling services including the unloading, temporary storage, and loading of many forms of cargo including containers, cars, fertiliser, cement, methanol, and fuel.

Property – in addition to its operational land, the Port has over 235,000 m2 of commercial land that it develops and leases to support the fishing, marine services, and other export related industries.

Functional – People and Safety, Environment, Infrastructure, Business Systems, Finance, Communications and Engagement

Port Nelson is also a Youth Employment Success employer.

See a video of Rhys here from Port Nelson