New Zealand Fit-Out Cost Guide 2023/2024

Gain valuable insights on trends and opportunities to accurately assess the estimated costs associated with a commercial fit-out in New Zealand.

Resilient markets, but challenges remain

As forecasted in our 2022/2023 Fit-Out Cost Guide, inflation levels are now stabilising but factors like commodity prices, energy costs, wage increases, and exchange rate volatility continue to impact pricing. Despite these challenges, occupiers should aim to strike a balance between returning to the office and creating tech-enabled, hybrid work environments that prioritise employee wellbeing. 

We hope this guide provides you with the confidence to make informed fit-out decisions, with a good understanding of the options, risks, and potential opportunities. 

NZ$ 1,904

is the average cost per square foot for fit-out across Asia Pacific.

NZ$ 2,883 

is the average cost per sqm for fit-out in Auckland.


of JLL market leaders report that projects are pursuing sustainability design criteria.

Source: JLL New Zealand Fit-Out Cost Guide 2023/2024

Maximise your budget:
Understand where typical fit-out costs are allocated

Are you planning a fit-out but don't know where to start with budgeting? Before starting any project, it's crucial to understand the average costs associated with commercial fit-outs.

Questions & Answers

This guide enables office occupiers to make better, more informed real estate decisions by providing cost transparency across different office styles, build quality levels, and geographic markets. It is a useful tool to show what to expect to pay for a typical office in a specific city, and how fit-out decisions can affect the bottom line.

The data is sourced from JLL offices across New Zealand. Actual unit rates from recently completed projects were provided for each of the typical trades that go into an office fit-out. As such, we were able to accurately benchmark and compare costs within the applicable states and territories.

Progressive, Moderate and Traditional refer to how space is used in an office.

A Progressive layout is all open plan (except for meeting rooms) and features different types of seating for employees dependent on the task they wish to perform. This could be traditional workstation benches, sit-stand desks, high benches for drop-in remote workers and breakout areas for teams to collaborate.

A Moderate layout is in the middle, and typically adopted by a firm transitioning between a traditional and progressive type of layout.

A Traditional office means that a lot of the floorplate is given over to individual offices. This is typical for firms that have a higher emphasis on privacy.

Our data is not an aggregate of projects, but rather actual data from our offices which we then applied to a standard project specifically. This means we created a regional index to know how the costs in one market compared to another.

In addition to that, we have a very strong regional presence in 30 cities across Asia Pacific.

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