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Freighting Delays

General Freight Delays


Alerts for November

We have had numerous updates from our carriers that they are experiencing delays due to surging freight volume throughout the country. In addition to this; with Ferry disruptions and Auckland being at Alert Level 3 and with high Covid-19 positive case numbers, many businesses are unable to accept face to face contact compounding delays in and out of Auckland.

The best way to combat this is to get your sending organised early this year, stay patient and consider that all transport and logistics staff are working in busy and challenging times right now.


Update 17th September

Reduced Inter-Islander Ferry sailings affecting Road Freight:

Essentially, we will have a ten day period from the 20th of September where there will be a significant reduction in capacity and therefore an increase in transit times, please bear with us during this time and call your closest Pack & Send if you have any specific queries around delayed freight.


Update 9th August

It won’t shock you that more weather and freight disruptions are expected to occur due to the weather system which is moving through the country. There have been more Ferry cancellations yesterday & snow to low levels closing multiple passes.


Update 4th August:

Overnight numerous Inter-Islander crossings were cancelled due to high seas. The cancellations have meant some North-Island linehauls are still in Picton which may result in a mininum delay
of 24 hours until sailings resume and scheduling is rectified. We appreciate your patience regarding our our transit times for North Island deliveries.


Update 19th July:

Adverse weather with severe flooding experienced last week in parts of New Zealand has affected the supply chain causing rail backlogs, including the line between Picton and Blenheim, plus freight from Auckland and Hamilton to and from Christchurch will also be delayed.

There is also rerouting of freight vehicles from Christchurch to Nelson however the Picton to Christchurch and Blenheim to Nelson routes have reopened. Due to heavy rainfall and flooding in some of the West Coast, all inbound and outbound freight for Westport and the Buller district can expect some delivery delays.


Update 7th July:

The weather event of last week continues to impact the transport network and we are working closely with our carriers to ensure the timely delivery of your freight and parcels.


Ferry Crossings
The backlog of freight due to the cancellation of Cook Strait crossings last week means there is limited commercial vehicle capacity for ferry bookings. We have been advised that the Interisland Line are working hard to meet demand. Please note that school holidays commence next week and can influence ferry capacity.


Inter-Island Freight Delays
Inter-Island freight is experiencing delaysFreight from Palmerston North and Hastings into the South Island has been impacted.


Central Otago Weather
We have been advised that Lindis Pass in Central Otago was closed due to snow and ice conditions earlier today. This will affect Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra deliveries for up to 24 hours.

Queenstown Pack & Send Store in Snow

Update 28 June:

Due to severe weather conditions moving up the country there have been disruptions with the movement and delivery of freight between the North and South Islands.

We anticipate that this will cause freight delays over the next 48-72 hours and potentially beyond. Sea swelling affecting the Interislander Ferry, and the Main South Line being closed for the rest of the week will also cause a freight backlog over the coming days.

Whilst our carriers will endeavour to push all deliveries through as fast as possible, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work through these delays while mother nature does her seasonal thing!


If you have an urgent query contact your closest PACK & SEND Courier & Freight Specialist.