Timber Fences

timber fences with trellis

TTimber fences are the most popular and versatile fence in New Zealand. Depending on your choice of style and the materials used they can also be the most economical. With a practically endless range of design options, timber fences will suit any taste, site and budget.

Many people can build a fence, but the difference really is in the detail. When you consider that you see your fence every time you look outside, it pays to be a bit choosey and get the right man for the job. The right man will make sure your fence keeps looking great for years.


A Kiwi fencing favourite

TThe versatile good looks of Radiata Pine make it a Kiwi fencing favourite. Available in rough sawn (for a more rustic look) or dressed finishes, Pine can be left to weather, stained or painted. We can discuss which grade is best suited to your needs. The typical urban boundary fence is a post and rail construction with battens.

Depending on your preference, rails can be inset or fitted flush with the top and bottom of the battens. Part of the agreement you need to reach with your neighbour is how the battens will be attached, as some fence designs will result in one neighbour having a less attractive view.

Batten styles include:

  • Flush one side
  • Vertical
  • Horizontal
  • Diagonal
  • Overlapped
  • Alternating sides

Fence options

WWhen designing your new fence, we will also ask whether you require decorative capping, a concrete mowing strip, or sections of trellis added. A strip of trellis added to the top of the fence is a popular option or, if privacy is not an issue, trellis panels can be inserted full height into sections of the fence. Less common now, picket fences can be used on road frontages. A range of picket shapes are available.


Swimming pool fences

SSwimming pool fences must comply with the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 and the Building Act 2004.  For information about swimming pool fences please see the Swimming Pools brochure and Fencing Guidance brochure, or copies are available from the Council.


Boundary fences

AAdjoining owners share the cost of putting up or repairing boundary fences – unless it is the result of damage caused by one neighbour. If your land borders Council land, the Council may contribute towards the cost of a fence. Please contact the Parks & Gardens Unit of your local Council to check their policies. More information on boundary fences, neighbours and the Fencing Act can be found here.

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