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    Fencing Guide & Inspiration

    Choosing the right fence for your home

    Quick links:  Our Range Comparison Table FAQs

    A fence is an extension of your home and lifestyle. It provides privacy, safety, security, and street appeal whilst connecting you to your neighbours. Whether you are framing your swimming pool, adding flair with trellis, or simply building a boundary fence, you want to be sure you’re making the right choice when investing in a fence and gate. Selecting the best material for your fence and landscaping project will come down to your preferences such as desired aesthetic, lifestyle, and budget.

    Explore the PlaceMakers range of fencing materials

    With our comprehensive range of fencing materials, we have something for every home.

    Explore now:

    Timber Fencing

    An ever-popular choice, timber fencing is functional, aesthetically pleasing, and easily customised. A timber fence and gate will require regular cleaning, painting, and staining. Our selection ranges from standard posts and palings through to premium options such as Primewood, laminated, and picket fences, plus decorative trellis. Explore more here.

    Explore timber fencing

    Metal Fencing

    A sleek, low-maintenance option for your home, metal fencing is strong and made to withstand the elements. Our range of powder coated aluminium and coloured steel fence panels and gates is available in a variety of styles including solid panels, slatted privacy screens, or tubular style that’s ideal for your swimming pool. To browse the full range, click here.

    Explore metal fencing

    Composite Fencing

    A modern solution to fencing, composite products are typically engineered from recycled wood and plastic. The result is a sustainable and low-maintenance alternative to traditional timber fencing. Composite fences don’t require painting or staining, are easy to install, and both neighbours get ‘the good side’. Our range includes Stabifence, BiForm, and Durafence. Learn more here.

    Explore composite fencing

    Glass Fencing

    A glass fence is perfect for swimming pools, balconies, patios, or areas of your property where you want undisrupted views. To read more about our selection of glass fence and balustrade panels, click here.

    Explore glass fencing

    Fencing Comparison Table

    Get a basic understanding of whats involved from build through to maintenance with the different materials available at PlaceMakers for your fence build. For more information explore our range above.


    Is the material suitable for your climate.


    On-going care requirements such as cleaning and staining.


    Is your choice of fence environmentally friendly?

    Ease of Build

    Ease of install? Council consent?


    How much are you willing to invest?



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    What you need to know before you start your fencing project

    Do I need consent?

    Swimming pool fences require consent. For most other fences under 2.5M, consent is not required.

    Always check with your local council when planning your fence project to see if your property is subject to any other rules such as heritage, natural features, or utilities.

    The Building Performance website has more information on building codes relating to fences: 

    Who pays for the boundary fence?

    When building a fence that separates your property from your neighbours, it is typical that the costs are shared between you both. First you will need to agree on details such as the height, building materials, and budget. The Fencing Act outlines your rights and obligations.

    The Consumer NZ website has more information, including  how to settle a dispute:

    How do I know where my boundary is?

    Your boundary is outlined on the legal title for your property. There should also be markers along the boundary on the ground, although sometimes these are hidden or missing. If you cannot find your boundary markers, you can engage a surveyor to help you.

    Fencing projects to get inspired by

    Aluminium Pool Fence

    This contemporary and affordable pool fence project for a Hamilton home uses Mansion fence panels which provide much-needed flexibility and customisable options for this multi-level site.

    View Project

    Crystal Clear Swimming Pool Fence

    A perfect solution for an exposed site in the Coromandel, homeowners chose Scenik Frameless Glass Panels for first-class resistance to high winds without compromising their incredible views to the coast.

    View Project

    Decorative Steel Fence Feature

    The team at Abel Tasman Lodge needed a solution to create decorative privacy for the guest spa that was in keeping with the natural, rustic theme of the Lodge.

    View Project

    Decking Guides

    View our helpful tips on decking installation through to our decking screw selection guide.

    We are here to help you every step of the way to accomplish your decking project.

    Landscaping Catalogue

    At PlaceMakers we're well equipped to turn your landscaping dream into a reality. We have a comprehensive range of trade quality products and offer helpful advice.

    The Complete Guide to Decking

    A deck extends the living areas of your home and creates a seamless indoor-outdoor flow that Kiwis love. Whether creating a beautiful outdoor entertainment space or simply adding value to your property, you want to be sure you’re making the right choice when investing in a deck.