WHAT WE DO

KPH Transport has been operating since the early 1990’s. We are a dedicated specialist produce transport around New Zealand. KPH Transport has grown to provide daily return services between Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Palmerston North and Christchurch.

 

The growth of KPH Transport’s experience and reputation in handling perishables means growers are increasingly entrusting KPH Transport with their valuable produce and flowers.

 

KPH Transport operate a large modern fleet of Scania’s with state of the art temperature control technology allowing real time temperature monitoring and tracking.

OUR NETWORK

Daily Return Services

KPH Transport provides daily return services between Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Palmerston North and Christchurch.

 

KPH Transport operate a large modern fleet of Scania’s with state of the art temperature control technology allowing real time temperature monitoring and tracking.

 

Nationwide Hubs

KPH Transport utilizes 7 major hubs throughout NZ. This gives us a delivery network that services the entire country.

 

Direct delivery to DC's, Markets or daytime store deliveries, all are possible using our transport network.

Next Day Delivery

For most of the the country we offer next day deliveries. All North Island to North Island deliveries arrive in time for morning market trading.

 

We also offer and Auckland to Christchurch overnight service. This departs Auckland every afternoon and arrives into Christchurch early afternoon the following day.

Work for us!

KPH Transport operates a modern, mostly European fleet of Trucks. We have a range of metro, linehaul positions that become available throughout the year. Please get in touch to find out if there are any availabilities.

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History

1994

KPH Transport was founded in 1994 by Brett Wharfe as a transport arm of NZ Hothouse.

 

The first form of transport for his tomatoes was a 1970 Ford Transit truck purchased from his Father in the early 1990’s.  This small truck still potters around the glasshouses to this day.

1997 - 2000

As the tomato business grew, so did the need for more transport options.  A van and a 4 x 2 Izuzu metro truck was purchased, followed closely by another 4 x 2 Hino.  The first bigger unit followed soon after, a 360hp 8 x 4 Hino.

 

This had a Roadmaster body and was fitted with the very first Thermo King chiller unit. A second hand Dommet trailer was the next to be added to the fleet, which was pulled by the Hino.

2001-2002

In 2001 the first Scania was purchased from CablePrice in Auckland. Roadmaster built the trailer to suit. This unit was the first real heavy truck KPH owned.

 

As time passed the larger grocery groups required their produce be delivered in chilled bodies with airbag suspension, insulated curtains and stricter time constraints. This increased cost of equipment meant KPH needed to be a transport provider to other growers to make this viable. Many of KPH’s first customers came from the Pukekohe region, now our customers are spread nationwide.

 

Not long after, a second Scania Truck + Trailer unit was purchased.

2003 - 2013

Year by year a new truck was added to the fleet, each with a trailer to pull as well. Over the next 10 years we added a new truck and trailer each year to have a total of around 10 units in 2013.

 

These existing trucks worked the local markets for NZ Hothouse primarily and then south to the Progressive DC in Wellington every Friday and Sunday mornings.

2013

Over the next few years we successfully gained further business from new clients delivering to the markets and supermarket DC's.

 

This was really the start of KPH becoming a standalone produce carrier.

 

It was over these years KPH made the decision to start canvasing local growers and larger markets for more of their work.

2014

In 2014 KPH purchased an existing produce carrier based in Hastings. As one of the produce capitals of New Zealand it was a logical fit. This saw KPH Transport grow considerably. At the same, we had the addition of depots in Palmerston North and Cambridge.

 

These depots grew accordingly with the help of local clients and growers we added from time of inception. Palmerston North has now developed into one of the main hubs of our company servicing clients in Wellington and the Wairarapa regions North.

2015

In 2015 we partnered up with Talley's Group. This joint venture runs a daily service into the South Island. This service runs 7 days a week and offers an over night carrier with arrival the next day.

 

This is one of our premium services along with daily runs between Wellington, Palmerston North, Hamilton, Hastings and Auckland overnight. From many of these areas we are able to run satellite services into regions such as Tauranga, Rotorua, Wairoa, Gisborne and many more. There are now very few parts of the country that KPH cannot gain access to.

Today

Due to the perishable nature of produce, we as a carrier are constantly aware of the need to update our equipment and procedures. We are always looking for better, more effecient ways to transport product that makes our customers lives easier as well as providing a cheaper product to the end user. Fresh to the door is the minimum requirement for KPH on a day to day basis. We continue to invest in our fleet for the future, and technology is imperative to our success. GPS equipment, cameras, online systems available with real time data.

 

In 2019 we stand with over 60 units in our transport sector. Our commitment to the future continues to give us our leading edge within the produce transport sector.

The core focus of KPH Transport has been to consistently deliver market produce in first class gear and in first class condition. A standard we still aspire to today.

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Investing in our future...

KPH Transport is investing heavily in technology to track and manage your product. We also have a strong commitment to the new Health and Safety legislation, which includes the “Chain of Responsibility” where we are all involved in keeping staff, customers and the general public safe while we conduct our day to day activities.

GPS Tracking...

All of our units are tracked via GPS, this relays real-time information back to our depots regarding location, speed, chiller temperature and other key data that is used to ensure the safe, efficient and continuous operation of our company on a daily basis.

Our Guardian...

Our linehaul vehicles have some of the latest technology to monitor fatigue and other incidents in our vehicles while they are on the road.

 

Drivers are monitored on a  real time basis to try gather and act on the early signs of fatigue. For more information click here.

Customer Web bookings...

This allows our customers to: Book freight, Print off pre formatted Con Notes, Print off Pallet Labels for attaching to freight, Track historic bookings, Extract POD’s, + much more.

 

If you require more information regarding any of these features, or would like to discuss further how this can be implemented for you please email: support@kphtransport.co.nz

KPH Auckland

P: 09 295 9171

E: auckland@kphtransport.co.nz

 

328 Karaka Road,

Drury, Auckland.

KPH Palmerston North

P: 06 358 7420

E: pnorth@kphtransport.co.nz

 

9 Sutton Place,

Palmerston North.

ACC Fleet Saver...

We have recently been achieved a Gold level Fleet Saver accreditation, being able to demonstrate strong safety management practices during the audit process.

These are reviewed every 3 years and  require constant attention to safety practices from all parties

 

More information is available at:  https://www.accfleets.co.nz/fleet-saver/

KPH Hastings

P: 06 879 7255

E: hastings@kphtransport.co.nz

 

15 Stevens Place,

Hastings, Hawkes Bay.

KPH Transport - Head Office

P: 09 295 9171

E: info@kphtransport.co.nz

 

328 Karaka Road,

Drury, Auckland.