About HDW Builders

HDW BUILDERS is a licensed building contractor specialising in remodels, additions and renovations in Wanaka and Hawea.

We are extremely passionate about what we do and maintaining our eco-building integrity.

HDW Builders is ran by Hayden Wilkinson…

“Hi, my name is Hayden Wilkinson. I am a trade-qualified and licensed building practitioner, with 15 years of building experience from around the world.

As a second generation builder, building is in my blood. I have been taught skills that are hard to find in this day and age, and am passionate about using those skills to revitalise buildings.

I have been living and working in the Wanaka and Hawea area for the past 12 years. During my time here in Wanaka I have worked with top architectural builders on a broad range of projects.

I have also worked in the building industry overseas, developing new skills and shaping my unique ideas along the way. In Colorado, USA I spent time working on remodels, cabinet making and straw bale houses. In the UK I worked on a historic renovations. This international experience has inspired me to offer the eco-building and restoration service that is HDW Builders.”

What we do and how we do it

We specialise in remodels, additions and renovations in Wanaka, Lake Hawea and the surrounding area, and we go out of our way to deliver the clients vision from day one.

When planning a project with the client we encourage the use of environmentally-friendly materials where ever possible to provide a healthy new home environment and help contribute to sustaining our environment. We utilise sustainable timbers, such as Douglas Fir, Macrocarpa, Larch and Lawson Cypress.

At planning stages and throughout the build, we always try and think outside the square to make sure things just work and look right. This is particularly important with additions and renovations, where matching the new with the existing building is a tricky balance to achieve. Alternative options are always on offer so the client always has the best choices available when planning their build.

Working with natural timbers is our specialty, utilising our handed-down skills to create the most beautiful structures and features. We work with salvaged timbers, providing instant character to almost any project. We also use an onsite recycling system to eliminate as much waste from landfill as possible.

Finally, we work with some of the best sub-contractors in the game, so our clients get a fantastic finished product at a high standard.

HDW Construction Co Ltd. was formed in 2005 and begun trading in 2007. We are Certified Builders and registered as a Licensed Building Practitioner.

A Licensed Building Practitioner


The Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) scheme was established under the Building Act 2004. LBPs are designers, carpenters, brick and blocklayers, roofers, external plasterers, site and foundations specialists who have been assessed to be competent to carry out work essential to a residential building’s structure or weather tightness.

As an LBP we tick all the legal boxes and have strict guidelines to adhere to.

Member of the Certified Builders Association


The Certified Builders Association of New Zealand Inc is a community of craftsmen, and was established in 1998 to recognise and promote qualified builders.

As a member of the Certified Builders Association we make all our clients aware of the First Homefirst-logoHome guarantee – a ten-year independently insured guarantee for people building a new home.