Outdoor Ideas

Home Improvement Outdoor Ideas

The kiwi backyard sees a lot in its time: swimming pools, swing sets & sandpits, veggie gardens & relaxation zen spaces, home entertainment hubs, ball games & BBQs. The infamous ‘patch of grass’ is synonymous with fun, family and special occasions: an important extension of the home. But with so many different needs and wants it can be hard to even imagine how it could all come together!

Take a stroll through the Outdoor Ideas Feature  

This Feature will place you right into each idea zone; you’ll find yourself in an oasis of inspiration that will help you improve and transform your outdoor space.

You are invited to walk through the Home Improvement Expos selection of outdoor displays, immerse yourself in ideas, solutions and products. Talk to the right people about achieving your ideal outdoor area.    

There’s a variety of products and solutions from paving to decking, landscaping materials to outdoor furniture, BBQs, spa pools and more.

You might not want to leave this refreshing feature once you step inside!


Special thanks:
- Outdoor Kitchen (Alfresco Outdoor Kitchens)
- Spa Pool (Hot Spring Spas)
- Astro Turf (Urban Turf)
- Garden mulch & stones (Central Landscape Supplies)
- Paving (Premier Group)
- Furniture (Danske Mobler)
- Outdoor beanbags (Trade Depot)
Retractable roof systems (Oztech)
- Trees & Plants  (Kings Plant Barn)
- Vertical Gardens (NZ Vertical Gardens)
- Hanging Chairs (Newstyle Direct)
- Outdoor lighting (Eurotech Lighting)

- Rock Speakers (Sound Group

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If beautifying with plants and flowers is something you want to explore? Our experts will be able to help you. You’ll find lush green thumb ideas around every corner– even if you have limited space.

Want to upgrade your outdoor entertainment area to host the whole family? We’ve got you covered, showcasing decking and paving solutions, combined with complementary outdoor kitchens and dining ideas.

Is it more about making your outdoor space a place to relax? Maybe a therapeutic spa pool, casual sun loungers and shady cool zones? It’s all here.

Home Smart Home

Are you keen to get smart about smart home products and see how it can make your life so much easier? Imagine controlling the functionality of your home whether you’re there or not. Now you can learn about smart home technology and experience it first hand at the Noel Leeming Smart Home Pop-Up at the Home Improvement Expo. Tech Solutions experts will be on hand to answer any questions you might have as you make your way around this fully enabled smart home feature.

Immerse yourself in smart home living – this experiential feature showcases the very best in smart-home appliance technology. Displayed as a 100sqm apartment layout, bringing smart-enabled home appliance systems seamlessly together; featuring a living room, kitchen, laundry, bedroom, bathroom…the works!

Leading brands are displayed in a revolutionary way so you can visualise how these products and solutions can be integrated into your lifestyle – to make living easier & smarter.

There’s something for every area in your home here; think Wi-Fi enabled heat pumps, smart door-locking and security systems, lighting, placing an online supermarket order from the door of your fridge, and controlling the functionality of your home, even when you’re not there! 

It’ll even feed your pets remotely if you want or bring art masterpieces into your décor with a tap of an app! 

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Key features:

  • Home Smart Home is set up so you can walk through and imagine your own home enabled in the same way. Sit down, stay a while and test the solutions out for yourself. 
  • Options for every home; if you’re new to smart home tech or want to go ‘next level’, take as much inspiration from this feature to fit your needs. There's ideas and solutions to fit all budgets and tech levels.
  •  It’s not all robots and AI; get your questions answers by the Tech Solutions experts on-hand and ready to provide advice on in-home setup and to help map out a smart home solution that works for you.
  •  Leading products from Amazon, Samsung, Philips, Ring, TP-LINK, Bose, Vodafone, HP and more will be on display.
  • When you visit, you’ll be able to play with all the tech and appliances and have a lot of fun exploring this live-able home. You’ll see how easy it is to get smart and enable a smart lifestyle and future proof your home.


Home Improvement Stage

Are you a renovation novice or experienced and ready for bigger and better projects?  Starting a new build? Just moved into your own place? First home buyer? Love DIY? 

If you are any of the above then this stage feature is for you! 

Not only are we hosting exclusive FREE seminars during the Expo, but there will be demonstrations to perfect your skills and a range of hands on opportunities that will answer many of your questions.

  • What are the tools I need for basic Home DIY? How do I use these tools?
  • How do I make sure my work is safe and not damaging my home? Know when it's time to call in the experts!
  • What are the basics you need to know when undertaking renovations for rooms like the Bathroom or Kitchen?  
  • Would a Mood board help me keep my ideas cohesive while still being creative?
  • What DIY project can I do in a weekend? 

We know Home improvements, no matter the size of project are exciting; the possibilities and dreams are endless. But where to do you begin? Sometimes you just need expert advice. And that’s what you’ll get it here on the Home Improvement Stage. 

Come and listen to our expert speakers from all of the Home Improvement industry share their experience and know-how to give you the right advice, inspiration, ideas and knowledge to complete your next project.


There’s even the chance to get one on one time to ask the experts questions about your next project to get the right advice. Everything from kitchen & bathroom renovations; renovation tips and things to avoid; design and colour trends; outdoor spaces and landscaping advice; designer living in smaller spaces, and more!


See 2020 Seminar Timetable here

Seminar Time Table

The home improvement stage is proudly sponsored by Resene. 

Your destination for all the latest home improvement trends, ideas, tips & advice.


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Ryobi 'Make and take'

Get hands on with one of the world’s favourite DIY power tools in the ever-popular free Ryobi Make and Take sessionsThe project this time will get you making your own 12 drawer Storage box! This is also your chance to talk to Ryobi power tool experts at their stand. They'll be answering all your questions so you can find out which tools will suit your upcoming projects.

Make and Take sessions run hourly throughout the show:

How it works:

    • Free of charge, but limited numbers per session! 
    • 5-6 people at one time.
    • Ryobi can take bookings onsite at the stand.
    • All skill ranges can partake in the make and take from beginners to advance.
    • Anyone from 16 years and up can take part.
    • You'll get to use 3 – 4 tools in the make and take task.


For more information on how to register in person for a 'Make and Take' session, make sure you visit the RYOBI stand. NO ONLINE BOOKINGS

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One on One Sample Board Workshops


Sample boards are an essential part of the design process; they help to visual your space and provide you with control samples. 

This is your chance for a personal one on one design session with a 'Sample Workshop' Designer where you will get to create a beautiful interior scheme that you can take away on a sample board. These control samples can be used to confirm the products you receive are correct, and can be used for future reference should you need to re-order items or find a comparative match. It's a valuable tool to have while you’re working on your project.

Book Workshop Space

What you get:

  • A 45 minute workshop with a designer to provide you with design direction and product information. 
  • Control samples and fabrication materials to create your own sample board. 
  • An itemised specification sheet including all product information. 
  • Discount coupons for the products you have selected. 
  • A closable soft folder to protect your sample board and contain all project related information.
  • $100 off Sample Workshop’s full priced design service.

Two options to choose from

Option One: Kitchen Design & Carpet 

  • Splashback
  • 2 x Cabinetry
  • Flooring
  • Paint colour for walls
  • Paint colour for ceiling etc.
  • Bench top
  • Extra
  • Carpet

Option Two: Bathroom Design & Carpet

  • Floor Tile
  • Wall Tile
  • Feature Tile 
  • Paint colour for wall
  • Paint colour for ceiling 
  • Cabinetry 
  • Carpet

Book Workshop Space

How it works:

  1. Choose a session day and time, book online here: https://www.sampleworkshop.co.nz/pages/home-improvement-show-booking-page 2Meet with your personal consultant for an Initial discussion of services and your project
  2. Choose product samples from the extensive range on hand
  3. Work together to create your Board - this is the exciting part where it all comes together.
  4. A Specification sheet is also developed, so you know exactly what you have.
  5. You take away sample board & spec sheet ready to start your project. 

Tip: If you are renovating bring photographs, measurements of your space and floor plans if available. If you are a new build, please bring your full set of completed Architectural plans. Also bring 'Mood imagery'; a selection of images the best represents your design style.


Special Expo price $45.00 incl. GST per project. 

Pay online using [Book Workshop Space] button.

*Entry into the Home Improvement Expo not included 

Who: Click to learn more about the Sample Workshop team here

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