Kitchen Renovation Cost NZ wide – explained by Experts

 Cost of New Kitchen NZ Wide

Are you ready to renovate your Auckland kitchen? Kitchen remodelling is an excellent investment for any homeowner. A newly remodelled kitchen creates a beautiful space to enjoy family meals and entertain your friends. Renovating a kitchen can also have a good return on investment in the real estate market!.However, a kitchen renovation is a large project. It requires careful planning and budgeting. Many factors affect your kitchen renovation cost, including the size of the kitchen and the chosen materials.

So how much does it cost to renovate a kitchen NZ wide?

In this blog post, we are breaking down all the factors that go into determining a kitchen renovation cost. We also wrote down our tried and true tips to help you build the kitchen of your dreams.

So How much does it Cost to renovate a Kitchen in NZ?

When determining how much it costs to renovate a kitchen in NZ there are three questions you should be asking yourself.

What is the resale value of other homes in your neighbourhood?

How long do you plan to remain in your home?

What is your personal financial situation? 

These factors will be unique to you based on your personal situation and where you place the most value.

Other important factors that affect the cost of new kitchen NZ are:

  • Cost of material.

Your selection of material for the cabinet doors, bench tops, flooring, fixtures and appliances have a significant impact on your kitchen renovation cost. In general, wood alternatives such as laminates are a cheaper option. Natural materials such as wood and stone will be on the more expensive side. Natural materials will however be more aesthetically pleasing and last a much a longer time.

  • Your cabinet configuration.

Cabinets with drawers will be more expensive than the ones without them. This is because cabinets with drawers require additional work and finishing. Eliminating one drawer glide can save you anywhere from $300-$500! That is why make sure to decide on the drawer system because it will have a significant impact on the cost of new kitchen in NZ.

  • Decorative details and accessories.

Adding patterns, glass, columns and other decorative features will eventually raise the final cost of your new kitchen. Things like spice and garbage pull-outs and organisers will also add cost to your kitchen remodel.

As you can see, there’s no short answer to the question “How much does it cost to renovate a kitchen NZ wide?” Many variables go into pricing your kitchen renovation.  As we are a full renovation company we have a team of kitchen Designers and renovators that do exactly that. The entire team will help you establish your budget, determine the scope, and get closer to achieving your dream kitchen!

What are the other factors that go into the cost of new kitchen NZ wide?

The extent of renovations can determine the cost of your renovation in Auckland. Kitchen Renovation costs in Auckland can be determined by the following factors:

1. Cost of a Basic Kitchen Renovation/Alteration

A basic kitchen renovation involves changing few thing in the kitchen such as cabinets, appliances and flooring. Depending on the size of your kitchen and supplies you use, this type of kitchen renovation will typically cost between $15k (basic alterations) to $20K.

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Basic kitchen renovations are ideal for first home owners, rental properties or if you need to freshen your home before re-selling. If you are doing a DIY project then the cost for your kitchen renovation will be around 15K. Most of this cost will be to make the cabinets and benchtop through a kitchen manufacturer. You will however, have to manage the project, get your own tradespeople like plumbers and electricians. The cost for this kind of kitchen renovation will not include changing your flooring or re-painting the kitchen area.

If you are renovating with a renovation company like ours then the cost for your kitchen renovation will include the following:

  • Building all cabinets with storage
  • Benchtop
  • all tapware and sink
  • cost for all labour like electricians, carpenters, builders, painters, tilers, grouters, plumbers etc
  • Project management for the entire project
  • All renovation materials
  • In house kitchen designer

The cost for a basic kitchen renovation if you are renovating with a renovation company will be between $20,000 to $23,000 depending on the size of your kitchen as well as the materials you choose.

For basic kitchen renovations we advice clients to use mid range materials to keep costs down and so they can make a return on their investment if renting or re-selling.

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Basic kitchen renovation done in Avondale


The above kitchen is an an example of a basic kitchen renovation done in Avondale, Auckland. We built the cabinets with MDF boards from Melteca and a 30mm stone engineered marble countertop. We also installed woodgrain laminate flooring to keep costs down as it was a cheaper alternative to tiles. See full project specifications.


Rental basic Kitchen renovation is Hillsborough – Project specifications with before and after pictures


2. Cost of a Mid-Range Kitchen Renovation

A mid range renovation could involve choosing natural materials for flooring, cabinets and benchtops. This type of renovation can also include changing the layout and plumbing of the kitchen. A mid range kitchen renovation will cost between the range of $23k (basic kitchen renovation) -$35k (including a change in layout) , depending on the materials you select.

Read our article below for a breakdown of costs for kitchen renovations



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This project was done in Greenhithe by Superior Renovations. Our client wanted to expand the kitchen. Hence we pulled down the wall between the dining room and the kitchen in order to make the kitchen more wide. We also replaced the counters, and built new cupboards to give the kitchen and spacious and airy look.

The reason for your renovation plays a key role in determining whether you should go for a basic kitchen renovation, mid-range kitchen renovation or a luxury high-end kitchen renovation.

Who is a mid-range kitchen renovation for?

A mid-range kitchen renovation is mostly for people who want to continue living in their home but cannot abide by their old kitchen. They usually want to increase functionality of their kitchen to suit the way their family uses the kitchen. Most people also want to create a more open-planned kitchen layout which features the living and dining area as well. Overall they want a beautiful functional kitchen with all the modern convinces of available today.

How is a mid-range kitchen renovation different from a basic kitchen renovation cost nz?

As mentioned above, the cost for a kitchen renovation when using a renovation company is higher than a DIY job. A mid-range kitchen renovation is higher in cost compared to basic kitchen renovations because of the following factors:

Change in Layout possible

A change in layout is possible for a mid-range kitchen renovation as people are willing to spend more for their own house. Not every mid-range kitchen renovation needs a change in layout which means that with no change in layout the cost for your kitchen renovation will be in the lower end of the spectrum.

As more people are gravitating towards an open planned kitchen, they often want to change the layout of their kitchen or knock a few walls down. Knocking a few walls down can sometimes require consent if it is a load bearing wall. The need for consent from counsel requires us to draw up architectural drawings which are then submitted to the counsel for approval. This means that the cost will be on the higher side of the spectrum.


Even if you are not breaking down walls but simply changing the layout of your cabinets or position of the sink then consent might be required contributing to the overall cost.


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Full Kitchen renovation in Stanmore Bay – This project involved breaking down the wall seen above to make the kitchen an open planned space. This mid-range kitchen renovation is a classic example of how a kitchen can be truly transformed if planned well with kitchen designers. See full project specifications for the above project. 


A mix of mid to high range materials used

The materials chosen in any kitchen renovation are the biggest cost factor. Mid-range kitchen renovations often feature higher quality materials which are more durable, last a longer time and are aesthetically beautiful. Most of our clients get mid-range kitchen renovations for their homes. Porcelain tiles are often chosen for these kitchens compared to the laminate chosen for basic kitchen renovations.

We also use mostly designer stone engineered countertops that are imitated to look like high quality marble or quartz. The thickness of these countertops is also often 60mm compared to the 30mm which is used in basic kitchen renovations.

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Mid-range Kitchen renovation in Massey


The cabinets for mid-range kitchens are custom built using high quality MDF boards from Melteca or Bestwood which is often wrapped in Thermoform to give it different textures or styles (like shaker style cabinets). If you are going for a modern kitchen then the cabinets often have a ‘handless’ setup.


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An entertainer’s dream in Massey – We demolished a wall that was dividing our client’s outdated kitchen to create an open planned kitchen with modern fittings and smart features. See full project specs + before and after pictures for the above kitchen.


Backsplashes often feature designers tiles or glass in favour of the normal white subway tiles for basic kitchen renovations.

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Photo credit to tile depot


Extensive Storage solutions

Having good storage is essential for every well functioning kitchen. Mid-range kitchen renovations often have good built in storage like ‘magic corners’, cutlery drawers, compartments within the cabinets to store condiments, big utensils and pull out bins.


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Pull out bins in a full home renovation in West Harbour, Auckland


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Custom built pantry with pull out drawers in a Kitchen renovation in Papatoetoe, Auckland


See full project specifications for the above project + Before and After pictures


Most of our mid-range kitchen renovations feature custom built pantry with pull out drawers which means that their kitchens are well organised.


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Magic corner installed in a kitchen renovation in Hillsborough to utilise the corner space of the cabinets


See full project specifications + Before and After pictures for the above kitchen renovation 


Good storage solutions are especially important for open plan kitchens as is it is important that your kitchen is clutter free.

Re-wiring and Re-plumbing

Most people renovate their home only once in their lifetime. This means that usually change everything within the kitchen so they do not have to upgrade parts of the kitchen every few year. Most old homes have old plumbing which means that they change the plumbing of the kitchen during renovation. This is especially true when you change the layout of your kitchen and are changing the place your sink was previously in.

The same goes for re-wiring as your wiring could either be old you are changing the position of your plug points.

Smart kitchen features

Integrating Smart features within your kitchen renovation makes working in your kitchen more convenient but is also better for the environment. Some key smart features in mid range kitchens are as follows:

  • Hot water tap for your sink so you do not always have to boil water when hot water is needed during cooking
  • LED lights on the ceilings with a motion sensor which is not only convenient but better than normal lighting
  • Automatic ovens that can be pre-heated from your mobile when you are on your way home
  • Smart fridges that connect to your phone so you can see the groceries in the fridge even when you are not at home
  • Pull out plugs that are installed on your benchtop. You can pull them out when needed or push them back in when not needed
  • Soft close cabinets from BLUM which close softly even if the cabinet doors are slammed shut
  • LED light strips installed above cabinets
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Hot water tap in a kitchen renovation in Massey


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Pull out plug points that can be pushed back into the countertop when not needed


Designer Elements within the kitchen design 

Mid-range kitchen renovations often feature a few design elements as the aesthetics are as important as functionality when renovating your own home. You will be working very closely with our in-house designers at our design studio for advice on what materials work together for the type of design you are after.

3. Cost of a Custom/Designer Kitchen Renovation

You could tear down a load-bearing wall in order to expand and reconfigure the entire kitchen footprint. You could also look into adding an Island. Islands are all the rage due to their functionality and look. Include the option to refinish adjacent areas like the hard-wood floors. To make a custom kitchen is not impossible. Some clients do not want a standard kitchen that they can choose from a catalog. At Superior renovations we can custom make your entire kitchen right here in Auckland. All your cabinetry, bench top etc is made according to your specifications. This type of renovation may cost between $35K- $80K (Custom based, to designer kitchens)

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This project we completed in Takapuna needed 5 walls pulled down. The dining area, lounge and kitchen were three separate rooms. Each of them was a tiny room with hardly any room to walk around. In the end we pulled down the walls to create a spacious living space.

The biggest difference between mid-range kitchens and luxury kitchens is the use of premium materials with a focus on designs. Extensive change in layout is also one of the key elements of luxury kitchens and you will be working extensively with our designers to develop the style your kitchen.



Type of Kitchen Renovation Low High Estimate
Basic Kitchen Renovation/Alteration  $            15,000  $          22,000  $            20,500
Mid-Range Kitchen Renovation  $          23,000  $          35,000  $          24,500
Custom/Designer Kitchen Renovation  $          36,000  $          80,000  $          60,000

Examples of luxury kitchens developed by our in-house designers Cici and Dorothy




 Tips from the kitchen remodelling experts:

 How much does it cost to renovate a kitchen NZ? Before starting on your new kitchen remodelling project, it’s vital to determine your goals. We always recommend answering these questions to plan your kitchen renovation cost successfully.

  • Why do I want to remodel my kitchen?
  • Is my kitchen’s primary purpose cooking meals, entertaining guests or to re-selling?
  • Do I want to change the layout of my current kitchen?
  • Do I want to update the finishes?
  • What are the top things I would like my kitchen’s design to accomplish?

The answers to these questions will provide you with better insight and will help you understand the scope of your kitchen renovation. They will also help eliminate any unnecessary things that you thought you needed and will bring everyone on the same page.

One of our tried and true tips when it comes to a kitchen remodel budgeting is to follow the rule of one-third. According to this rule, you simply need to divide your expenses into three parts:

  • One-third of the kitchen renovation cost should be allocated to new cabinetry
  • Another third can go towards finishing touches such as accessories, new countertops and flooring
  • The final part of the total remodelling cost of your Auckland kitchen is installation and labour expenses. 


Already have all your own trades and you’re comfortable managing them for your kitchen renovation?

Although we don’t recommend if you haven’t renovated a kitchen before and/or you don’t have trades people you can trust, most renovations if not all comes with it’s own surprises because not all homes are the same – this is where experience/project management plays an important role in minimises risks to maintain costs/delays giving you higher certainty of outcome/quality backed by associated guarantees and warranties.

However, if you do intend to manage the kitchen renovation yourself, it does work out more cost effective to contact a kitchen cabinetry manufacturer directly to get the kitchen cabinets designed, manufactured and installed – leaving you to manage the other trades such as flooring, demolition, painting, plastering, splashback/tiling, electrician, plumber, and sometimes a carpenter/builder.


Try Little Giant Interiors cost calculator below to see what you can expect to pay for cabinetry.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I prepare for a kitchen renovation?

To get on your way to getting your new dream kitchen, start by gathering together ideas, designs, and your own thoughts to a new kitchen scrapbook. This might be a physical book with written, printed and cut out ideas. Importantly also make a list of the appliances that you are intending to build into your new kitchen. Model numbers are usually enough to find the accurate dimensions online. Your new kitchen cabinets will need to be able to accommodate these whether they are new or recycled from your current kitchen. When it comes to designing your kitchen, we’ll need the measurements of your new appliances so we can build around this.

Do I have to organise sub contract specialist trades such as plumbers or electricians?

We have all trades covered. Superior Renovations have a network of trusted and well respected team of trades who understand our system, follow up process and can work effectively with the rest of our team to ensure a smooth renovation project. So you’re just engaging us (not multiple companies) to complete the whole job from start to finish.

Will I have a choice of fixtures and fittings and can I supply them myself?

Absolutely – if you would like to purchase anything directly and provide it for installation at the appropriate time then we have no objections to this but we always suggest clients to choose our suppliers for a number of reasons, we’re confident of the quality, we can manage the logistics, trade prices, and any troubleshooting during the renovation is easier since we can direct contact.

How long does a kitchen renovation take?

Generally a kitchen renovation will be between 5-6 weeks from date of demolition and this assumes design is finalised and parts have been manufactured (not including splash back which takes additional time for manufacturing)

How much does a Kitchen Renovation cost?

Average cost of a kitchen renovation in Auckland is between $18,000 - $26,000; dependant on the type of materials you choose, design/layout, and if consent it required.

How do you pay for a building project?

Usually it’s setup on a progress payment system as detailed in the building agreement. One advantage of full contract is you only need to make payments to one company and payments are made at specific stages of the project. When you receive a written contract quote, we will provide you with a payment schedule and also a construction schedule so you know what to expect and when to expect it.

 Kitchen Renovation Cost: The Final Word

A kitchen renovation can drastically improve your quality of life. With well-thought-out decisions, careful planning and budgeting, you can achieve phenomenal results. Even if you’re planning on selling your house in the future, a high-quality kitchen remodelling will bring a significant return on investment. If you have any questions about the cost of the new kitchen remodel in New Zealand, you know where to find us!

Have you tried our Kitchen Renovation Cost Calculator?


Need more information?

Take advantage of our FREE Complete Home Renovation Guide (48 pages), whether you’re already renovating or in the process of deciding to renovate, it’s not an easy process, this guide which includes a free 100+ point check list – will help you avoid costly mistakes.

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