Landscaping & Heavy Construction Hardwood Timbers

From its early origins Rosenfeld Kidson has been importing hardwood timber from around the world for heavy construction and infrastructure projects.  Hardwood timbers for bridge, railway and wharf construction, piles and crossarms have been supplied to the New Zealand market by Rosenfeld Kidson since 1930.

There is now also an increasing demand for durable hardwood landscaping timbers for both domestic and commercial landscaping projects, as well as timber boardwalk construction around parks, reserves and waterfronts. 

Where in the past high durability Australian hardwoods have been used, the preferred landscaping timber species are now our FSC 100% certified South American hardwoods Tonka and Garapa.

Typical timber sizes used for these landscaping applications are 150x40mm, 150/200x50mm and 200/250x75mm; however, we stock Tonka in sizes up to 300x300mm.

Tonka has become the hardwood timber of choice for public space developments in applications such as boardwalks, wharfs, bridges and other structural end uses.

Garapa is increasingly the preferred hardwood timber choice for smaller dimension applications such as exterior furniture and joinery and smaller dimension decking. 

All of Rosenfeld Kidson’s Garapa and Tonka hardwood carries full independent FSC 100% environmental certification that it comes from sources that are well managed to strict social, economic and environmental standards.

Landscaping & Heavy Construction Timbers:

Garapa, Iroko, Jarrah, Kwila, Tonka, Vitex

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    Outdoor & Landscaping, Beams & Columns, Timber Decking
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    Rosenfeld Kidson
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Rosenfeld Kidson & Co. Ltd is a specialist timber company stocking New Zealand’s largest range of over 50 species of specialist timbers, both imported and locally grown.  These timbers are distributed to joiners, furniture manufacturers, cabinetmakers, boat builders, flooring contractors and the construction industry throughout the country, primarily via selected timber merchant resellers.

The company was incorporated in 1930 when John Kidson and Australian Julius Rosenfeld formed a partnership to import hardwood from Australia.  New South Wales hardwoods were in demand during the depression years for wharf and bridge construction, as well as power reticulation.

For the next 65 years the company operated from The Strand in Parnell, Auckland, before moving in 1996 to new purpose built premises in Mt Wellington - an 11,000m2 site with 2000m2 drive-through warehouse and another 1000m2 of covered storage. The business also operates a second 2500m2 site in Auckland where its state of the art timber processing facility is located. It also has a second sales and warehouse facility in Hornby, Christchurch, which manages distribution to our South Island customers.

As Rosenfeld Kidson approaches 90 years in business, the company is in its fourth generation of ownership and operation.  The success and longevity of the company has largely hinged on the efforts and experience of dedicated and loyal staff, who are able to provide our customers with a wealth of knowledge about the specialist timbers we sell.