Kiwi owned and operated transport

As a 100% NZ owned and operated company we are able to provide a customer orientated, cost effective service by utilising our modern fleet of vehicles, effectively trained drivers and experienced management and administration team.

Our story

Bulk Lines is part of the James Barker Group of Companies. Founded in Otorohanga in 1963 by Jim and Bev Barker, and Dennis and Cynthia Dow. Otorohanga Transport was a typical local carrier providing livestock cartage, general cartage and many services in conjunction with the rail head in Otorohanga. This included the unloading of bagged fertilizer wagons into the local store (Kiwi Fertilizer at the time).

Through natural growth and acquisition the company has developed and diversified to provide a range of logistic solutions for a varied customer base across the country, while still holding tight to its rural roots.

In 1992 after problems experienced with transporting stock across the Cook Strait during the height of the herd shift season, Jim and partners purchased a ship, the Straitsman, and Strait Shipping was formed. With vision and market research, the potential was identified for an increase in demand in linehaul, bulk and general freight, resulting in the establishment of Freight Lines in 1993.

Over time The Otorohanga Transport Group (OTL) Group was formed. Owned by the Dow family and is still based out of the site in Otewa Road, Otorohanga. The company provide livestock cartage across the country, and the Barker family went on to form the James Barker Group of Companies.

In 2016, Bluebridge, Freight Lines and Streamline was sold to Champ Private Equity Group which are an Australian based investment company. Bulk Lines, Stock Lines, AB Logistics and Taranaki Bulk Storage remain within the James Barker group of Companies.

Bulk Lines was formed out of the desire to be able to focus more clearly on the needs of our "bulk" customers. To be able to be nimble enough to respond quickly to customers' needs and provide tailored solutions.

Our vision is "To provide quality transport for businesses nationwide through a friendly can-do philosophy." Bulk Lines is part of a family owned and operated Group and we are proud of our family culture.

Our team members have local knowledge and experience, and are backed by a nationwide network.


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