About Us

Woodwrights was established in 1997 by Adrian Trewavas, a highly skilled craftsman who has a true passion for quality and an eye for detail. The alternatives were mass-produced, uninspired, or “value” – pieces that literally wouldn’t hold up. However, our approach is built on a foundation of authentic relationships. Nothing stands between our craftsmanship and the quality we can pass along to you.

High Quality

We have a team of 12 highly skilled craftsmen who between them have 74 years’ experience. Every stage of production is quality controlled and there are strict criteria that our artisans are truly passionate about. The difference is in the detail, that is what we believe when it comes to a quality product.

Lifetime Guarantee

When you invest in handcrafted New Zealand made furniture from Woodwrights, you receive a lifetime guarantee with the furniture. When you invest in European handcrafted Artisan furniture through Woodwrights, we pass on the Artisan's two year guarantee with the furniture. These warranties reinforce our faith in the quality of our furniture and offers you piece of mind that should there be any unexpected issue, we will resolve it free of charge. This covers any manufacturing faults, and excludes any damage by the user or normal wear and tear.


All of our furniture is made-to-order, and you can customise all of our pieces without significantly altering the price. This allows you to find a beautifully made solution that is perfect for the space and functionality requirements you have. We collaborate within our internal design team, and also with innovative designers. Our CAD Modelling ability and internal design processes allow for unique flexibility and customisation of either existing designs or new designs.

NZ Made

Our furniture is made right here in NZ, in our factory located in sunny Motueka! Our process bypasses unnecessary middlemen and mark-ups. We pride ourselves in offering beautifully-crafted, high-quality, customisable products at excellent value for money.

Made to Order

Every piece is handcrafted to your specifications. When you purchase from Woodwrights, you’re provided an individual point of contact to assist you right throughout the process. Our brand is built one customer at a time, which is why you get exclusive, personal attention from a knowledgeable Woodwrights consultant.

Sustainable Timber

We believe in using only sustainable hardwoods, including American Ash, American White Oak, New Zealand Heart Rimu and Southland Maple Beech. We are committed to minimalising the environmental footprint, and therefore only use timber harvested from sustainably managed forests.

What makes our product special?

Kiln-dried solid timber construction: Prime grade solid timber is hand selected for the best grain match and structural integrity. We have a ‘no knots’ policy, giving you peace of mind you are getting the highest quality materials.

Dowel Joints: Our primary joining method is using hardwood dowels, combined with the highest quality adhesives for ultimate strength.

All components are manually sanded: We ensure all the components of your furniture are sanded manually using a range of methods including stroke sanding, belt sanding, orbital sanding, edge sanding, and never forgetting the classic sand paper. We have a three-stage process to get a beautiful, smooth finish, while retaining optimum stain absorption.

Six-stage polishing process: Your furniture goes through an intense six-stage polishing process for a durable finish that is easy on the eye, enhancing the natural beauty of the timber. It includes two coats of sealer, hand sanded twice to remove the nibs, followed with two coats of pre-catalysed lacquer, with 2 pack lacquer on tops for extra durability.

Felt lining: All the top drawers of our bedroom and occasional units have lovely flock lining to protect your precious items.

Quality drawer runners: All our drawers are on European full extension, double ball bearing, soft close drawer runners which have a lifetime guarantee. They provide you with a pleasant experience when you open and close the drawers, which is often the difference between an average piece of furniture and a piece you love.

Dovetailed drawers: The drawer boxes are made from solid Radiata, dovetailed for a high-quality join with excellent strength. At the same time, dovetailing has a certain character and beauty about it that those with an eye for detail and quality will most definitely appreciate.


We offer unique customisation options on all of our designs.

We understand that your space is unique to you and that requires a unique design with aesthetic appeal. If you cannot find the size or configuration you need, please let us know. Because every piece is made-to-order to your individual requirements, we can accommodate a wide variety of custom requests.

We strive to make the customisation process as easy as possible for you. Drawings and CAD renders of the customised product can be provided to give you an indication of the proportions and specifications of the customised product. This allows you to make your investment with confidence.

Made to order

We handcraft your order right here in sunny Motueka, at the top of the South Island of New Zealand!

The result is high-quality furniture made with passion and true dedication, just for you.

Because we make everything to order, delivery takes slightly longer than ‘off the shelf’ options carried by mainstream retailers. We allow 4-6 weeks to manufacture your lovely new furniture, however if you need your furniture in a week or two, by all means do give us a call! However, we believe all good things come to those who wait (only a few weeks). The approximate delivery time once your furniture has been dispatched is around 8 working days. We will provide an estimated day for delivery, closer to the time and then the carriers will call you to arrange a suitable time to deliver on that particular day.

Our studio locations

We're strong believers in e-commerce and having a strong online presence as it is efficient, agile and convenient. That is reflected to our customers with the ability to customise your design with our made-to-order functionality.

But we're all still humans after all, and nothing can replace the feeling of security and the confidence instilled by being able to 'eyeball' our quality and touch and feel the quality products we manufacture. It also means you won't be overwhelmed by accessories and categories that distract from the most important piece of furniture in your home, resulting in a better furniture-shopping experience!

Having physical locations in Auckland and Motueka also allows us to answer your questions in person, and even more importantly, allows us to collect your feedback – which we incorporate in our designs and offering.

The Test Drive – Interact with our designs and options in person, to find your perfect fit.

1-On-1 Attention – Our team members consult with you exclusively without other customers present, in our appoinment-only studio (Auckland only).

Simplified Shopping – We focus on beautiful, custom furniture, so rather than you being overwhelmed with countless options that don't appeal, it instead is a stress-free process suited to your exact needs.

So if you are in the upper south or upper north island, make the time to call into our Motueka or Auckland studios for a unique experience. We'd be thrilled to show you an assortment of our beautiful NZ Made pieces and walk you through our made-to-order process, while sipping on a quality cup of tea or coffee to your taste!

Auckland Studio

1 Grosvenor Street
Grey Lynn
Auckland 1021 

Available to view Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm and Saturday 9am - 3pm.

Unmanned with access through Designer Rugs. You can contact us on 0800 53 00 35
or email huxley@woodwrights.co.nz to make an appointment with one of our professional consultants.

Motueka Factory

33 College Street
Motueka 7120

Mon-Fri: 8am – 5pm
Contact us on 0800 53 00 35