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Most reliable, efficient and experienced heavy transport operators

L & A Cotton Heavy Haulage Ltd specialises in the transportation of over-weight and over-dimensional loads.  We have three transporters capable of shifting all kinds of machinery, and are active members of the New Zealand Heavy Haulage Association.  This enables us to offer a comprehensive service throughout the country for the relocation of equipment as necessary.

Based in Nelson at the top of the South Island, the company services the whole of New Zealand, and can transport loads of up to a nett weight of 72T (108T gross).  With many years of experience in specialised cartage, the crew at Cottons can assure you of professional and efficient movement - whether you have a house, boat, vehicle or machinery to get from one place to another.


Beams houses or other different loads to be shifted?

We have an extensive fleet to best fit the purpose of different loads including a tromboning house trailer and dolly axles.

This now is a time saving and cost effective advantage than previous  load movements.


Owner/operators, Lynn and Ann Cotton, have been in the heavy haulage business since 1998 when they purchased TNL Freighting’s Heavy Haulage operation.  Prior to this, Lynn had been an owner-operator in the forestry transport industry for twenty-four years, so has a wealth of experience to call upon for those difficult moves of over dimensional machinery.  He is also a qualified automotive engineer so very capably leads our in-house maintenance programme.

Lynn and Ann have painstakingly restored a 1890 gaff-rigged Logan yacht which provides leisure on the weekends and gives access to their fishing and hunting grounds.  Their son Leith is involved in the business as their very experienced full time heavy haulage transport driver. 

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About us

Owning purpose-built 4.48KW Mercedes tractor units, Cottons are able to access the most remote places in New Zealand, and are experts when it comes to placing forest machinery right on the skid site.  This is a significant point of difference to our competitors, and has given us a reputation for successfully completing challenging deliveries.

Planners work closely with Transit New Zealand, local body engineers and utility providers to obtain permits for all heavy haulage projects.  We operate our own certified pilot vehicles to ensure trouble-free transit with over-dimensional loads, and our staff includes Class 1 and Class 2 pilots.  All of our drivers are comprehensively trained in heavy haulage and hold NZQA qualifications in bridge engineering self supervision (BESS), allowing them to cost-effectively move plant and equipment without the disruption often caused by having to wait for external supervisors at every bridge and crossing.

Consult with the experts today to discuss your requirements for over-dimensional and/or over-weight loads, and be assured of the best results during navigating over, around, under or through narrow roads, overpasses, bridges and power lines.

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