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We aspire to be New Zealand’s most trusted logistics provider

Over the years we have experienced continuous and sustainable growth due to a constant focus on our core philosophies. We have a commitment to partnering with our clients in on-going, mutually beneficial relationships.

We attract and retain the very best staff, and we ensure our tools, resources and systems constantly adapt and develop to meet the ever-evolving needs of our clients.



The brand Hilton Haulage was founded in Timaru during the early 1970’s by Sid McAuley and Angus Murray. Like many New Zealand born organisations, Sid and Angus were a pair of typical Kiwi blokes with an idea and a hard work ethic.

In the following years the pair worked hard and grew the business from carting hay bales across the Canterbury plains to include chilled transport, general freight and bulk agricultural transport services.  The company that started with just a pair of enthusiastic ‘milkie mates’ and one old Austin truck grew to twenty kaimahi (employees) operating from a small yard and office in Timaru and Christchurch.


In 1994, existing management comprising of Peter McAuley, brothers Peter and Bruce Anderson and Stu Reed banded together to make a successful bid, and Hilton Haulage LP was formed. Together, they saw an opportunity to service Canterbury’s agricultural sector, working towards a gate to plate philosophy and adding value for its customers.  Their hope was to build a brand that they could be proud of. Under their governance, the company grew to become an iconic brand for Canterbury encompassing general and bulk transport, dairy transport, a crane division, container transport and managed warehouses throughout the South Island.


In 2016 Ngai Tahu (the South Island’s largest Maori tribe with nearly 60,000 members) purchased a 50% share in Hilton Haulage, and we became known as Hilton Haulage Limited Partnership.  The blending of the founding members of Hilton Haulage with Ngai Tahu cemented our commitment as a locally owned business that is focused on the long-term generational wellbeing of the company and its contribution to Aotearoa.  It also means that a significant proportion of the financial return Hilton’s contributes to Ngai Tahu goes into not-for-profit programs including education, environmental regeneration, health, and housing.


Fast forward to the present and the company now employs 460 kaimahi (employees) across 17 locations nationwide. With a vast breadth of services including general, bulk, dairy, chilled, container transportation, and warehousing.  With the help of our people, we continue on our mission to be the most valued and trusted logistics provider in New Zealand.


Our core values of People, Safety, Customer and Future are the fabric of our culture and guide us in making decisions.


Respect. Care. Trust.


Safe Work Safe Home.


Providing the solution.


Looking down the road ahead.


“Safe work, Safe home” is a core value and is at the heart of everything we do.

We are one of only 595 companies in New Zealand that have gained ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems accreditation. We take immense pride in our team and our unwavering commitment to maintaining the highest standards of safety.

We work with our customers to understand the risk profile involved with the work undertaken and put into place the appropriate controls.

There is a strong commitment from the leadership team to ensure a strong safety culture. Sharing responsibility for health and safety between leaders and employees is a key part of each operation.

Putting our company wide motto ‘Safe Work, Safe Home’ into practice, we’ve made safety part of everything we do to ensure that our drivers and vehicles are road fit.

Our commitment to the Health and Safety of our team was recently acknowledged winning the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce Wellbeing Workplace Award 2023, and a highly commended award in the Driver Safety category of the Australasian Fleet Champions Award 2022.


Our experienced and friendly compliance team are on hand to advise and support your supply chain movements.

Our Compliance team are qualified and experienced in quality assurance. We pride ourselves in the ability to operate at the highest level of certification available and work with our clients to achieve their supply chain goals. Some of our certifications include;

  • China and EU listed
  • full MPI approved wash facilities
  • including ATF, ELF, VDF, SES, Exporter (HHL01) accreditations.
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