A bit about us

After working closely with G.J. Gardner Homes Head Office for many years, Nick Tapper decided he liked what he saw. He took the opportunity to set up his own G.J. Gardner Homes franchise and move his family from Auckland to Queenstown and in doing so, returned to where he grew up.

Born in Invercargill, Nick has worked with the G.J. Gardner Homes Master Franchise helping develop their advertising campaigns for 6 years, gaining valuable knowledge with a focus on customer relationships and service. He and his wife Charlotte have 3 young boys. Charlotte has a degree in fine arts from Canterbury University and will be offering colour consulting and interior design services. Nick's role is ensuring every customer he works with gets the best possible service and commitment from the G.J. Gardner team, servicing Queenstown, Cromwell and Wanaka.

"There is no better building company in New Zealand. The price and quality of the build is exceptional and we recognise our local builders and trades who make this happen for our customers."

- Nick Tapper

Nick's grandfather began Tappers Ltd in Invercargill in 1913. The business known for selling bikes, mowers and motorbikes and its catchphrase "Go like the clappers on a bike from Tappers" was sold by his father 80 years later. Now as Nick says, he's proud to put his name behind another southern business and begin a new era, "What drives us is to create homes that suit the individual, couple or family in every respect. That the home has liveability, quality, lifespan and of course affordability. This applies to every home, whether straight off the plans or custom designed for tussock covered hills."

Our Queenstown Lakes District Franchise takes in Wanaka, Hawea, Cromwell, Bannockburn, Queenstown, Arrowtown, and Glenorchy areas.

Bring your ideas to their team and start creating your home, or call Nick direct on 027 546 4541.


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From March 1st 2012 changes to the Building Act 2004 mean that building work of homes affecting the structure or water envelope (as when building new homes), will be classified as Restricted Building Work and is required to be carried out by competent, appropriately licensed building practitioners. At G.J. Gardner Homes, all of our franchises operate within the requirements of Licensed Building Practitioners. If you require any further information about licensing please click the logo above to go to the Licensed building practitioners (LBPs) website website.

Proud supporters of our community

Local sponsorship and support is very much a focus for Nick. The following are some of the teams and organisations that our Queenstown franchise support:

  • Kids Rugby 
  • Kids Duathlon 
  • Wanaka Triathlon 
  • Lake Hayes Triathlon 
  • A&P Show 
  • M!NT Charitable Trust – music lessons for kids with learning disabilities 
  • Lakes District Rescue Helicopter Trust 
  • Otago Country Rugby
  • Arrowtown Trolley Race 
  • Stars in Your Eyes 
  • Upper Clutha Rugby jerseys
  • Hawea Hall Security Cameras 
  • Hawea Pony Club for nationals, 
  • Kids school skiing at Arrowtown Primary
  • Extracurricular teaching for kids and families who can’t afford specialised teachers