How much does new flooring cost in NZ?

When it comes to flooring, you have a number of options to choose from; tiles, carpet, engineered wood, hardwood and many more. The first step is to decide on a budget, and then figure out what sort of look you're after. In this article, we've compiled the most popular flooring options and what you can expect to pay for each.

Flooring Costs
WORDS: Joanna Jefferies

Because of the huge range of flooring options, it can cost you anywhere from $90 per square metre for the most basic synthetic carpet to in excess of $200 per square metre for a genuine timber flooring system. The key here is to know what kind of overall look you are after and to choose accordingly. It’s also important to understand the waterproofing limitations of some products before applying them to wet areas. Your Refresh consultant will be a wealth of knowledge in this area and will know which products are readily available and which will require a wait time to install. For example, in some locations, there is a long lead-in time for hand-made tiles and for tilers.
But before you start installing your new flooring, you’ll likely need to remove the existing floor-coverings. Depending on the size of the house this can take anywhere from half a day to several days.
To help you understand your options we’ve put together a basic, mid, and high range costing for each flooring option, so you can get an idea of where your budget will stretch to, and the features of different flooring products.


The Tile Depot’s Nicky Renwick says while you have different price ranges for tiles, your tiler will cost approximately $65 - $85 per square metre, regardless of the tile.

“The price for installation should include labour plus glues, grout and silicone. There may be added costs for any trims, grout sealers and underlay. Waterproofing will always be an extra cost.”
Waterproofing must be done by a certified waterproofer (many tilers are these days) and this will cost you another $75 per square metre.
The cost of a tile in the basic-range would be around $24 per square metre, but don’t forget that factors like complicated spaces and tricky installation patterns will bump up the cost.
Additionally, a substrate, such as a fibre-cement underlay, will need to be installed on wooden floors to create an inflexible base to glue the tiles onto (it’s glued and screwed in place) and this will incur an additional material and labour cost.
Basic range tiles: A basic-range tiling job, with a $25 per square metre tile (that doesn’t require substrate or waterproofing) can cost as little as $90 per square metre including the tiler’s labour.
Mid-range tiles: A mid-range tile will cost you around $50 per square metre; add the cost of a mid-range tiler of $75 per square metre and you’re looking at $125 per square metre (without any waterproofing or substrate).
High-range tiles: High range tiles will likely always need waterproofing, and can cost anything from $125 per square metre up to in excess of $200 per square metre. Add to this the high-range cost of a tiler at $85 per square metre and you’re looking at anything from $285 - $360 per square metre.
For those on a tight budget, Renwick suggests basic white wall-only ceramic tiles as “an area where people save money so they can splash out on dearer feature wall and floor tiles.”

Tiling costs

$90 - $360+ per m2
Tiles in NZ


There’s a vast range of carpets to choose from and an equally vast price range. The biggest question to ask yourself is whether to go synthetic or natural, says Refresh Porirua’s Jeff Clark. “Synthetic based carpet is now greater than 70% of the market as it's more cost-effective pound for pound than wool. That said, if you like things natural then there's only one choice and wool wins.”
Synthetic carpet is cheaper than wool and it’s far more stain-resistant and water-resistant, perfect if you have pets and children, or live in a damp area. Wool, however, is far more fade-resistant and fire-retardant (great if you have direct sunshine or an open fire). One aspect that is often overlooked is underlay, says Clark. “If you really want to have that lovely underfoot quality feeling than you're much, much better off spending your money on a good quality underlay. Dollar for dollar you will get a vastly better result for minimal outlay.”
Wool flooring brand Cavalier Bremworth has a wide range of New Zealand designed and made carpet options to choose from, with options ranging from loop pile felted wool through to cut pile dyed nylon. They also provide a detailed buying guide to get you started. 
Basic, Mid & High-Range Carpets: The cost of installation is around $18 per square metre and carpet ranges from $25 - $55 per square metre in the low range (typically synthetic), to $55 - $85 in the mid-range and in the high range, specialist European, unique colours and top-quality carpet can cost from $85 per square metre to in excess of $100 per square metre. Add to these prices the underlay – which will set you back around $11 per square metre.

Carpet costs 

$55 - $130+ per m2
Man Laying a Carpet

Vinyl & Engineered Timber Flooring

Vinyl flooring is an excellent cost-effective option for spaces where you need water resistance. However, speak to your installer first about whether vinyl is an option, as if water can be trapped under the vinyl it can damage sub-floors.
Engineered flooring is a similarly cost-effective option. But Clark says it’s important to remember “That you can't use laminates in wet areas which includes laundries, therefore you must consider other options there.” Clark says he would avoid bamboo flooring, for its propensity to warp.
When it comes to the difference between vinyl and engineered timber, vinyl is far more fade-resistant, however, engineered timber flooring can give a more ‘up-scale’ look. Vinyl & Engineered Timber Price Ranges: Clark says these two products are similarly priced, with both products costing between $60 – 75 per square metre and $50 - $65 per square metre for installation.

Vinyl/engineered timber costs

Product: $60 - $75+ per m2
Installation: $50 - $65+ per m2
Girl walking on engineered flooring

Solid Timber Floors

Solid timber floors are the crème de la crème of flooring, and if you’re lucky enough to have native timber floors in your house it’ll cost you around $65 per square metre to have those beauties sanded and polished with three coats of polyurethane. However, if you want to install solid timber floors it’s going to cost you a fair bit more. Brand new solid timber floors will cost in excess of $100 per square metre plus installation, however, you won’t need to polish them after installation.

Solid timber floor costs

From $100 per m2, plus installation.
Loft with solid timber flooring
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