Providing great first impressions with custom, locally made gates and fences.

Introducing Designer Gates…


Designer Gates is your local family owned and operated gate construction, installation and automation specialist. Customised to exceed your expectations and servicing the wider Canterbury region.


Custom Gates


Whether you like the look of something we've already done or have a specific idea in mind; our passion and specialty is working with you to design and build every gate as an original piece. 

All of our gates are customised and designed to cater for your needs and fit your aesthetic. 

Strong, durable, outstanding.



Enjoy the convenience of automated gates with a multitude of opening options and increase your curb appeal.


We offer options in solar power, intercom, loop detection, smart integration, keypad entry and magnetic locks to name a few.

Convenient, effective, innovative.

Pergolas, Fencing & Privacy Screens


Complete the look and add value to your property with matching or feature fences, privacy screens or perhaps a steel or wooden pergola - an excellent way to create a feature, entertaining or shaded area.

Functional, complementing, featured.

What Others Say About Us…

  • The husband and I are extremely happy with the service and workmanship James provided. Super quick from quote to install and the price was great! Will be back for future installs!

    Lisa Hewitt
  • James built a fence and gates on our property and the finished job was completed with no problems. Would recommend Designer Gates to anyone wanting a top job.

    Jude & Lawrence Moylan
  • Amazing service & so happy with our new gates! We needed some gates made at the last minute for the arrival of a puppy & James went out of his way to have these measured & made in time! Thanks James & Emma we will be back! Highly recommend.

    Melissa McCallum
  • Could not recommend James highly enough. I had over four different companies come to my property and everyone told me that what I wanted couldn't be done. James came and provided a great solution and the project was completed very very fast and efficiently.


    I found James's communication very quick and the total price for the gate install was the sharpest I had received. I would not hesitate to recommend designer gates, fantastic service and great quality product. Thanks.

    Courtney Keast
  • Highly recommend James. He made us two different sets of gates. They are practical and look amazing. He does a fantastic job and service is 10/10. Thanks James. We'll be back!

    Kim Hillson
  • James made us a gate for our patio and the workmanship and service was excellent.

    Gabrielle Pearson

Frequently Asked Questions


See below for the answers to some of our most common questions, if you have any other questions, please contact us.


How do I care for and maintain the metal in my gates, fences, pergolas or privacy screens?

Clean dirt, grime, mould, or algae from all components at least every six months by removing any loose surface deposits with a wet sponge and a mild household detergent in warm water (no solvents or water blasters) and rinse off. Don’t allow water to pool against products and keep clear of organics e.g. dirt, grass clippings and leaves. Once cleaned and dried, spray any chips, scratches with zinc spray or spray paint. Ensure any damage is repaired immediately - within 7 days ideally.

How long will my project take?

As a general rule of thumb we work with 4-5 weeks until completion. This can be greatly affected by weather conditions, suppliers and the finishings that you require. For a more accurate guide on timings please email the Designer Gates team.

How do I maintain my automatic motor and accessories?

Automatic gate openers, intercoms and other electronic accessories should be serviced on a yearly basis. Ensure that organic materials are kept clear from the equipment e.g. dirt, grass clippings, leaves. Any damage to the equipment or unusual equipment operations must be inspected and repaired immediately.

How much will a maintenance/repair call out cost?

Charges apply if issues fall outside of the warranty period, if the damage has been caused voiding the warranty OR if the original install was not carried out by Designer Gates. Call out and First Hour of Labour: $160 + GST (NOTE: Additional travel costs may incur depending on site location) Additional Hours of Labour: $80 + GST Plus the cost of parts and consumables if required. Note minimum charge is call out and one hour of labour ($160 + GST)

Do you charge to quote and how does it work?

No, we provide no obligation, free quotes. The first step is to book a time with you so that we can meet on site, have a chat about your needs and wants and take a look at what is there currently. From there we head away and work out a quote tailored to you and email it to you. You can then look over the quote privately and either ask questions, accept or decline. There is no pressure on you to make any decisions in front of the team.


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