Building a deck in Auckland : What To Consider Regarding Construction and Building Materials

Auckland’s magnificent climate is a clear invitation for an outstanding exterior. A beautifully designed and developed deck may turn your ordinary backyard into an expansion of your living space, which is great for lounging, sunbathing, or simply getting a breath of fresh air. However, before you build your desired deck, there are a few key considerations and tips to make the best decking choice.

Building Permits–How to Begin The Process.

Firstly, check if you require consent first. The official Auckland Council web page states clearly whether you require building consent for your deck so head here to check. In most cases, decks below 1.5 meters height do not need consent. However, you want to make sure that your deck project follows the building regulations (building code).

Once all rules are checked out, it’s time to proceed with your design and how you envision your deck to be. Think about the dimensions of your deck (width, length, height, depth) based on your available exterior space, how you plan to utilise your space, and of course the cost you can afford. It helps to do a pencil sketch first or use an online design tool to turn your vision into a reality.

Choosing the Greatest Deck Materials

Here is where the fun begins–picking the right material for your deck! In Auckland where the weather and overall climate are diverse and unstable, it’s best to go for a weather-proof material option. So here are the most common choices of deck materials:

  • Treated pine. Treated pine is an all-time favourite material as it comes with many pros. It is versatile and can be painted or stained in the style and hue you wish. On the downside, it needs to be maintained regularly to keep its structure and exterior.
  • Kwila: A striking hardwood that is naturally rot and insect-proof, which makes it need minimal maintenance. Kwila stands out in its lavish and warm shade which naturally fades and weathers out to metallic gray with time. The only disadvantage of Kwila is that it costs more than treated pine.
  • Composite decking: Composite decking is a combination material that consists of wood and recycled plastic particles. It boasts high durability over time and requires minimal maintenance. The original cost of composite decking is higher compared to treated pine, but it’s still a good investment as it lasts longer over time.
  • Redwood, as its name suggests, has a characteristic reddish hue and it’s naturally rot and insect-resistant. Redwood is an excellent choice for those seeking a beautiful appearance and long-lasting attributes. On the downside, it is fairly expensive.

The following is a comparison table summarizing the key attributes of each material:

Material/Type of Wood or Composite


Maintenance Needs


Treated Pine



Low (lowest than others)





Composite Decking





Very High


Very High

Choosing Extras.

While choosing a decking material is fundamental, you should not ignore the extras. Consider railings, stairs, integrated seats, or plants to improve the look and practicality of your deck. Choose ideally a compatible material for railings such as glass or stainless steel for a more contemporary note.

Seeking Professional Services

Making a deck can be a joyful experience, however, it would be wise to ensure you do everything properly to avoid any mishaps. We suggest that you speak with a recognised Auckland deck builder to help guide you through the project from the beginning stage of obtaining a permit to the final construction, safety, and maintenance of your deck.  

If you take into account your design goals, price, and Auckland’s specific weather conditions, you can select the right decking material and craft an exterior space that you’ll enjoy for several years. Thus,  plan accordingly with some good professional help.  Speak to us here at Master Craft Construction to help build your dream deck!