South Port New Zealand Ltd is the southernmost commercial port in New Zealand, located at Bluff and operating on a year-round, 24 hour basis.
It is situated in the highly productive province of Southland which is responsible for producing a sizeable proportion of New Zealand’s total exports by value. The region’s major exporters are all situated within 80km of the port.
The port handles over 2.5 million tonnes of import and export cargo in a normal trading year.
The company is listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX), with majority shareholding being held by Environment Southland, the region’s local government environmental agency. South Port is governed by a board of six independent directors.
It is the only Southland-based company listed on NZX. It is also one of the major employers in the region, employing over 80 full time equivalent staff.
The Port of Bluff has been operating since 1877. The company South Port Ltd was formed in 1988, having taken over the assets and liabilities of the former Southland Harbour Board.