Difficult Access?

With our 4WD pivot steer loaders we are able to load and unload materials across most sounds beaches and in many cases transport them right to the required site. 

We also have two 3 ton forklifts at our yard for unloading trucks and with a hiab on two of the barges and extensive winching and anchoring gear we are set up for most requirements.


Some building sites in the Sounds are a long distance from the shore or have steep, narrow access tracks making them difficult and time consuming to negotiate with our loader. Often it is far more efficient to use a helicopter to lift the loads straight off the barge and deposit them on site. We have extensive experience working with local helicopter operators to provide this service.

Terms & Conditions - General Freight

Johnsons Barge Service Limited will undertake cartage of items as agreed with the customer at the time of booking with the office team.  

Johnsons Barge Service Limited or its contractors give no guarantee or warranty to items delivered unless the following processes are followed, and accurate information is provided. The customer acknowledges that it has not relied on any representation or warranty made by Johnson’s Barge Service Ltd or its Contractors. 

A detailed description of all items to be carted are to be provided to office team at least 7 days prior to departure date to ensure that all items received onsite at our depot.  
All items for loading onto the vessel be delivered prior to 3pm the date prior to vessel booking.   
All individual items to be clearly labelled with the customer name at an absolute minimum, additional information such as jetty number, or bay location, is appreciated I.E ‘Joe Smith - Jetty # Q5234’  

On arrival to our Havelock Depot all persons must report to a member of our team and advise what they are delivering and for who. Our team will advise on where to place items and if required our team will provide labels as required. If no one is at our yard, please call our office number on 03 5742434, if there is no answer please leave a detailed message.  
Any items delivered for delivery, that have not been communicated as freight to our office or logistics team are not the responsibility of Johnsons Barge Service Limited, or any of its employees or contractors.  

 All items of freight carried are carried in line with the ‘Carriage of Goods Act’. Any Insurance cover over the value of anything over and above the limitations of the Carriage of Goods Act are the responsibility of the owner.  

Cancellation Policy
Our barges are in high demand, your early notice enables other important work to be arranged & is greatly appreciated.
When booking space on our barges, you are holding space that is no longer available to others.  These bookings require a lot of logistics, planning & crewing.   If a cancellation is necessary, we require you to do so at least 48 hours prior to your departure date.
Any cancellation made in less than the required timeframe will result in a cancellation fee.  The amount of the fee will be of 50% of the services booked or as quoted.
Thank you for your understanding.

Standard payment terms apply. If payment is not received as stated above, we reserve the right to charge interest, at a rate of 4% above the BNZ overdraft interest rate.

The client is responsible for all costs in connection with late payment including debt collection costs and all other costs and expenses incurred in recovery or the attempted recovery of all payments.

Storage of goods – Responsibility of owner.

While we will do our absolute best to ensure the safety of your items, there are certain aspects that are not able to be controlled.

All items dropped off for delivery at our depot are stored at the owners risk.  Whilst at our yard any items are not insured, please insure your items accordingly.
Any items that require covering or securing due to weather is the responsibility of the owner to organize prior to items being delivered to our yard. 


We can arrange rubbish removal by supplying locally owned rubbish skips which, once filled, can be collected and brought back to Havelock where the skip operator uplifts them and take the rubbish to the dump. So easy!! If your septic tank needs cleaning out we can arrange to transport a local septic tank service truck to your property and empty the tank. This works best if there are two or three neighbouring properties which need the same service, to help keep the cost down.