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Our new Inland Port at Rolleston, named MidlandPort.

Midland Port

It will service the increasing freight requirements of mid-Canterbury largely resulting from irrigation of the Canterbury plains. In Central Canterbury alone 60,000 hectares of mostly dryland farms will be transformed by the Central Plains Water Irrigation scheme, increasing agricultural output by an estimated $264 million per year.

MidlandPort caters for this growth. It acts as a hub for receiving, storing and consolidating containers and as a distribution point where containers are transferred between trucks and trains.

MidlandPort’s rail connection with the Port improves container freight efficiency, and decreases travel time and freight costs for customers. In time it will also reduce road congestion by removing a significant number of trucks on the Port route.

MidlandPort became operational on 1 June 2016.


MidlandPort is strategically positioned to offer shippers in the region un-paralleled connectivity to all transport modes throughout the South Island. Combined with our extensive facilities and neighbouring developments, a supply chain that includes MidlandPort can be optimised to ensure that containers are moved to and from ports at the lowest cost. Features of MidlandPort’s location include:

  • Next to the main trunk rail line and State Highway 1, within 1km of the end of the new Southern Motorway Stage 2.
  • Exclusive access to Lyttelton Port of Christchurch via a dedicated rail shuttle.
  • Connections to a large number of shipping services and shipping lines, offering direct calls to Australia, Asia, North America and Europe.
  • Rail access to all points West and South of Rolleston.
  • Rolleston is at the heart of the region catering for significant amounts of both export and import cargo.



MidlandPort offers its customers world class facilities that are purpose designed to offer seamless accessibility and fast and efficient operations:

  • Rail siding capable of holding two 60 TEU trains with daily connecting services directly between Lyttelton and Rolleston.
  • Full container yard for the storage and despatch of import and export containers.
  • Empty container depot for the storage and repair of empty containers.
  • Capacity for up to 168 reefer plugs.
  • Customs Controlled Area and MPI Transitional Facility.

MidlandPort uses the same terminal operating system as Lyttelton Port, allowing for seamless transfer of containers between the site with full visibility of containers at all times.

LPC is also undertaking a significant expansion program at Lyttelton Port to ensure it is capable of handling future container growth to and from the Canterbury region. These developments include:

  • Up to 34 hectares of land reclamation for future container terminal expansion.
  • Additional container berths and cranes.
  • A new rail siding and gate exchange area.
  • Channel deepening to allow up to 14.5 meter vessel draught.


MidlandPort provides a number of benefits to its customers:

  • Extended free time for both imports and exports, allowing more flexibility in the supply chain and more resilience to changes to shipping and packing schedules.
  • Direct connection to adjacent warehousing sites allowing cross dock operations and container packing and devanning.
  • Lower overall supply chain cost by minimising empty container movements and moving containers in bulk between Rolleston and Lyttelton.
  • Avoid city traffic and delays.

MidlandPort I PORT graphic


Next to the MidlandPort site the Carter Group are developing a 95 hectare industrial port called I PORT. This is an outstanding opportunity to invest or lease a site that shares a common boundary with MidlandPort providing maximum supply chain efficiencies.



686 Jones Road
Rolleston 7677

Phone: 03 328 7850


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