The story of a family owned and operated crane hire company

About Us

Auckland Cranes began as a family crane hire business over 40 years ago. While we have grown to become one of the largest crane hire companies in the Auckland and Waikato region, we remain a family business at heart. We combine our family business service culture with a high capacity, modern fleet.

Our Commitment

Any lift, anywhere, any time. Our clients call us for a fast response and cast iron commitment to delivering safe and certain lift outcomes. This is because of our commitment to understanding our clients’ complex lifting requirements, and responding quickly and efficiently with an energetic, technically competent and safe team.

Our Service

We provide more than just crane hire.

Auckland and Waikato Cranes provide complete package lifting and heavy haul transport engineering.
Our approach is to think outside the box using innovative engineering to optimise our clients’ lifting solutions.

Auckland and Waikato Cranes are your experienced and dependable go-to crane and transport experts.
From our dispatchers, engineers and operations leaders, to our drivers, operators, riggers and dogmen we know and respect cranes and what it means to deliver safe and professional crane hire and transport services.

Auckland and Waikato Cranes are a team of familiar faces.
Our local teams get to understand the unique and demanding environments our clients work in, so we can respond quickly to keep sites moving to schedule.


Executive Team


Shane joined the business in 2021 as General Manager, coming from three years as Auckland Branch Manager at sister company Smith Crane and Construction. With over 17 years management and supervisory experience across Oil & Gas, Power, Petrochemicals and Construction industries, Shane brings with him a strong leadership vision combined with extensive knowledge of heavy lifting, cranes, rigging and transport. Shane’s focus will be on working closely with the Auckland and Waikato Cranes team, clients and supply partners to anticipate and understand your needs for engineered lifting solutions whilst delivering high quality project outcomes safely, smoothly and efficiently.


A Chartered Accountant with over 15 years’ experience, Maribel joined Auckland Cranes as Financial Controller in 2018. She brings exceptional analytical skills partnered with qualified IT skills to drive process improvements, innovation, and financial opportunities. Maribel has the dual focus of meeting the financial management requirements of the business whilst also complying with group reporting requirements. She is responsible for leading and managing the day to day financial activities within the business, financial reporting, and supporting the New Zealand management team by offering insights and financial/commercial advice that will allow them to make the best business decisions.

 Auckland Cranes is a subsidiary of Smithbridge Group and sister company of  Universal Cranes. Auckland Cranes is governed by the Smithbridge Group advisory board, as part of a long-term governance and succession strategy. The Group’s advisory board is Chaired by Michael Fitzpatrick, working alongside Advisory Members Greg Fokes, Ben Smith, and Dashelle Bailey. See more information on the Group support team on the Universal Cranes website here.