Hamilton is the city at the centre of Fonterra’s plans for a second $100 million-plus regional freight hub development.
According to BusinessDay, the move is recognition of Waikato’s standing as an important dairy centre that is set to grow both as an import and export hub.
Hamilton’s proximity to the Port of Tauranga and the Port of Auckland means it is also a strategic and logistical hub for the large amount of freight which comes up from the south.
Within two to four years, Fonterra will outgrow capacity at its six-year-old $100m Crawford St stores and freight complex at Te Rapa and is looking for a second site, said Fonterra's director of group supply chain Joe Coote.
The dairy giant is aware of the Tainui Group Holdings plan for a 400-plus hectare, $3 billion inland port on its land at Ruakura, but was eyeing up other sites north of Te Rapa like the “interesting” Northgate industrial park land.