Our Online DIY Offer

Taking the market to a whole new level. A tailored solution for a first home, small home or low-cost kitchen. Built-on an extensive production platform to deliver more for less. Giving you all most everything in design, combined with real functional advantages.

We are a well-known brand in the New Zealand kitchen supply market. We are better known for lower-cost modular kitchens. This stems back to our bulk DIY store involvement, with two large players in this market.

What we have learned over the last 24 months. The gap between high-end kitchens and first home, small home or low-cost kitchens is narrowing. Not so much in price, but in technology and function. It is our mission to narrow this gap even further. In fact, our sole aim when building this range was to have the best low-cost kitchen in the New Zealand market.

Think full extension soft close drawers, soft close hinges and consistent panel gaps. How about no extra internal cabinet holes. Quality products, New Zealand made panel substrates. Maybe it’s the fully assembled cabinets or large colour range. Or try our new ZERO JOINT edging option.

The list is endless, read on, have a look around or start shopping online now! We know you will be surprised at what we call standard!


We have built our manufacturing platform to offer many advantages. Peter Hay produces very correct kitchens, with real-world advantages for very good prices. Prices that rival many of the large DIY retailers in New Zealand.

How do we do it? Well, that is 40 plus years of experience and continual investment which enables us to do this. We are not about to pick apart other offers, we are showcasing our offer to let you decide. So read on.


Most DIY/Standard kitchen companies offer a range of modules. Peter Hay is taking a different approach in this specific market. The market is calling for a new approach, and we wanted to be first to react. So, let’s take a closer look.

General production of base cabinets finishes at 720mm high. The toe kick or plinth area is around 150mm high. This gives a finished height of 870mm and with a 20mm benchtop, you have an 890mm high complete unit.

Peter Hay has undertaken research over the last few years. We looked at the kitchens we have made. We also looked at the aesthetics and ergonomics of everyday kitchens worldwide.


That’s right our base cabinet is now 780mm high, the toe kick or plinth area is now 100mm. Our research has told us that we don’t need a 150mm toe kick or plinth area, so we took 50mm out and put that in your cabinet. Research told us that most of our customers are now taller. So now we have increased the height to a more modern standard. The other reason for the height change? Most Engineered Stone benchtops sold in New Zealand are 20mm thick in finished size. This is a reduction from historic 30mm laminate benchtops.

Net result. About 8% more storage for a similar price when compared to pretty much anyone else in this market. This is another example of Peter Hay engineering our offer to suit our customers.


Websites like Pinterest and Houzz have had a huge influence on our customer’s wishes. Some wishes are easy, others are more challenging and more costly.

One is cabinets to the ceiling. It looks great. The reality is, there is a lot of work involved. Factor in the hard- to-reach space as well means this is often a more costly idea and offers little advantage.

Like our base cabinet, we grew our tall cabinets as well. Most standard offers from companies are around the 2100mm mark, Peter Hay 2200mm. That’s a 2100mm cabinet and the same 100mm in toe kick or plinth height. So, in effect, our cabinet is now taller than most standard offers are in total height. Another 8% on average found here.

Out of interest. A 2400mm cabinet to the ceiling on a 150mm toe kick would have less than 7% more storage than our standard cabinet. That’s a lot more money for less than 7%. That 7% is also at the very top!

If this is what you desire, then check out our 2380mm finished height range of Wall and Tall cabinets.

While we are at it, we also change our wall cabinet height and depths. Wall cabinets now fit a full 330mm Pizza Tray. As a standard, they also fit most concealed Power Pack Range Hoods. This means no “Special” cabinet to make, or complete change in depth to accommodate a Range Hood.

So, there you have it.

More storage space, cost-saving measures for cabinets to the ceiling and integrated appliances. These are real-world advantages.


You are now aware of our storage capacity advantages. Another area we have focused on is the design side of the kitchen. The Form over function I suppose you could say.

You can now have any size you like.

You see part of our idea in developing this platform was to focus on getting both the function and the form right. Let us explain it a bit more.

Say you have a wall in your house that measures 4020mm. You have been looking on Pinterest at all those symmetrical kitchens. You want your back wall cabinets divided up evenly.

Most large kitchen retailers would work from standard size cabinets. You get sizes every 100mm or so. They would most likely tackle this with four 900mm cabinets and one 300mm cabinet. Use two 50mm filler panels either side to finish it off. Perfectly acceptable, but not the symmetrical look you are going for. You see you have both 450mm doors (half of 900mm) and a 300mm door in this set-up.

Here at Peter Hay, we will do this a little different. We will take our two end panel measurements total, say 36mm (18.0mm board each end) and then divide the space. Wood-based items swell with humidity, so we will allow 1mm in cabinet variation. The back wall will be four even 995mm cabinets. Perfectly acceptable and perfectly symmetrical and likely to be very competitive in price.


If you are considering this look. Remember to allow yourself about 1mm per cabinet in variation. You don’t want to run into trouble with cabinet sizing and not quite square walls.


The quality advantage of ZERO JOINT technology is perceived with all the senses. A two-fold effect: a seamless gap coupled with an unbroken edge radius. It offers plenty of advantages.


  • Impeccable aesthetics: the panel and edge seem to be made from the same material. The functional, lasting joint is almost invisible.
  • Resistance and Sturdiness. The joint between the edge and the panel is capable of withstanding moisture and heat. Dirt does not build-up on the edge, neither do yellowish areas form on the latter as a result of the glue.
  • Minimal maintenance and reduced cleaning times.
  • Reduced environmental impact in the production process. The new construction technology allows for saving 20% energy. A more friendly production cycle to safeguard the environment.


Blum fittings systems shout “high quality”. With their well-thought-out function recognised design and high durability. They spark inspiration and create an emotional experience in daily kitchen tasks.

You can be sure your Peter Hay kitchen is backed up with quality fittings that have a life-time warranty.


Superfine Particleboard MR. For interior use in areas of high humidity such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundries.

Superfine Particleboard is a three-layered board. Fine particles on the top and bottom surfaces, and larger wood flakes in the middle. Pressed wood particles bond together with resin. This creates a tight compact panel that machines easy. Sanded smooth at the mill, ready for use. Finished with a low or High-Pressure laminate, decorative foil or timber veneer.

Both Superfine Particleboard and Superfine Particleboard MR are Greenfirst products. Certified by Environmental Choice New Zealand a environmentally preferable. Superfine meets Australian AS/NZS standards for formaldehyde emissions levels (≤1.5mg/L).

Quality New Zealand made Superfine Moisture Resistant Particle Board