Client Stories

We first contacted Nick to work with us on our new site at Matarangi after noticing a number of successfully completed Cove Construction projects in the area. From our first meeting Nick was straight forward to deal with and assisted with developing our sketch plans to building consent documentation with John Ottaway from Dataplan.

We signed the building contract with Nick during the Level 4 lockdown in 2020 and Nick and Jay got started as soon as the Coromandel dropped down to Level 3. During the build the Cove Construction team consistently exceeded our expectations. The sub contractors were fantastic and are clearly very loyal to Cove Construction, which is a testimony to the way that Nick manages the projects. The progress on site was rapid and the finer details of the build were dealt with quickly and practically, nothing was ever a problem. This resulted in our project been completed on schedule in December 2020.

We could not be happier with the outcome.

If you have been able to secure Cove Construction for your project we think you’re very fortunate. If you are looking for a builder in the future, we highly recommend that you contact Cove Construction as soon as possible to secure a successful result.

Many thanks to the Cove Construction team.

Matarangi New Build Greg & Helen Reidy - Matarangi

Last year we employed Nick Gill and the Cove team to build our house on the Waterways in Whitianga.

We have used Nick previously and are familiar and very comfortable with the way he works.

The house is a modest four bed four bath home with a large paved area and a canal front pool.

John Ottaway of Dataplan Waikato designed the house. 

Our objective was to create a property that was easy to maintain, was good for entertaining and had good indoor-outdoor flow.

The challenge was that we were travelling overseas during the principle part of the build. I intended to employ a project manager to look after the job while we were away. Nick talked me out of this, suggesting that projected managers created extra costs and delays.

The build started in May. The slab was poured as we departed for our 4-month overseas trip. The build had a contractual finish date of the 1st of April. Nick, however, said that he would have something that would be usable by Christmas. This, he suggested, would be a house that could be locked up with some bedrooms usable and the outdoor kitchen operating to some extent.

We also employed Nick’s wife Hollie and her company STyla Design to assist with interior design. This proved to be a godsend. Hollie provided swatch boards via Pinterest and Dropbox. As well as managing style, she also co-ordinated the various suppliers and contractors.

The house was completed on the 12 of December with the Code of Compliance coming through on the 31st of January.

I feel Nick and his team have done an incredible Job looking after all facets of the build, finishing well ahead of schedule and communicating with us while we travelled in Europe.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Nick, Hollie and their team to anyone considering a build in the Whitianga area.

Whitianga Waterways Craig and Julie


We hope you are proud and satisfied with what you have achieved on this project, we certainly are.

You and your team have done a fantastic job. Throughout you have all been incredibly easy to work with, you have a great team who are passionate about what they do. This shows in the project and in the final product.
Frances and I plus our family will have many, many happy years in this home. And throughout we will know and remember that Nick Gill and his team at Cove Construction created it and made it fit perfectly for our family.
Frances and I thank you and your team very, very much.

Flaxmill bay Tony and Frances

I wanted to write to you, to thank you Nick, your project manager Caleb, and all the guys who worked so hard to build my cottage.
I absolutely love it.
As you know I was based in Auckland, and the build was in the Coromandel, which could have be difficult for me.
The whole building process was not only stress free but actually enjoyable, because of your great communication, project management,attention to detail, and coming up with ideas which improved the cottage, even suggesting the perfect exterior paint colour. When I was struggling to find a colour I liked, that the council would approve.
You took the plans and made them better.
I appreciate the way you took a personal interest, listened to my concerns and problem solved for me.
The cottage has been finished to a high standard, and completed on time, I cannot fault it.
Thank you so much.
I can highly recommend you !

Cottage Kristine Coleman
We are writing in appreciation of a job well done and to provide a positive endorsement for Nick and the team at Cove Construction. Nick offers a very straight up approach to business with honesty and fairness. Their proposal to re clad our home was competitive with minimal variations and we have been delighted with the quality of the workmanship. The finished product is very good, the result of a building team who pride in their workmanship and team work. We would highly recommend Cove Construction based on our experience with them and would be happy to answer any questions from people considering contracting Cove Construction.
Flaxmill Bay Steve & Cherry

We decided that it was time to build on our Pines section in Matarangi and we wanted to build a luxury beach home that sat well in the Pines environment, we are very particular about detail and wanted to achieve the wow factor. We approached Nick Gill in January 2017 and he was extremely receptive to what we were trying to achieve and very easy to deal with. We have been impressed with Nicks ability to come up with creative ideas to enhance our build. Nick was always available to discuss, provide solutions and we made a number of changes along the way which Nick included with ease.

All members of the building team are really easy to deal with and did a fantastic job on the detailing our home required, they kept us informed and asked questions along the way. The construction of some aspects involved some technically challenging work which was executed with perfection. We were impressed with the standard of workmanship his sub trades provided and the excellent relationship Nick has with these teams meant everything was completed on time.

We moved in as planned in November 2017 and really love our home. It has been a pleasure to deal with Nick and his team and we would certainly recommend and use them again.

February 2018

Pines section in Matarangi Anita & Ross Thorpe
Hi Nick and Hollie,
Ann and myself thought that it was about time we thanked you for building our house, which we love.
We have now been living in our new home for five months and so far have found no faults to be fixed and rectified, this shows that the build was carried out with care and to a very high standard.
It is almost a year since we first met you on site and talked about the build, which was completed on time this we find amazing especially with all the little tweaks we made.
Ann and myself would have no hesitation in recommending you or providing any references and consider that we were very lucky in having someone who was so understanding and caring which made what is usually a stressful process so easy.
Your patience amazes me, the daily emails from Ann and also phone calls from us with the tweaks to the plans would have driven me mad, however you made our want’s and dreams happen, your understanding and guidance will always be appreciated by us.
We should also put on record how tidy you kept the site, this has made our landscaping so much easier compared to other newly built properties we have lived in.
We would also appreciate it if you would pass on our sincere thanks to all the guys that worked on the build, we have met some of them from our site visits, what a great bunch of lads you employ, very friendly and hard working, this must come from you, leadership is a skill, this you have in abundance and rubs off on you workforce and shows in the quality of the finish.
Once again Nick, Hollie and all those from Cove who worked on our home thank you for the superb job you have done.
Whitianga Dan & Ann

Renovating a house within a short timeframe can be challenging, add to that the home owner was based in the UK and the co-ordinator, bill payer, administrator and interior designer and NZ decision maker was based in Hamilton and had other full time commitments, this project was looking for problems.

Nick Gill and his team at Cove Construction were clear and informative with all suggestions, questions and answers; nothing was too much to ask. Decisions and changes were a team effort, ensuring both quality and clients expectations were delivered.

Telecommunication was outstanding, requiring only 4 site visits from Hamilton. Cove Constructions team where always available for co-ordination of product delivery etc and went beyond the scope of the job.

Cove’s communication with the local subcontractors was outstanding and ensured that we all knew what was expected from each other.
Their attention to detail delivered a product that exceeded all expectations, on a very tight timeframe and much to the owners delight.

Would happily do it all again.

Simpsons Beach The Wilsons

We recently undertook a renovation project of our little piece of paradise in Whitianga. We wanted a builder who would understand the sentiment required for a build of this nature and treat the project as if it was their own home.

Nick from Cove Construction was able to marry the old house and the new addition so well that the result is a seamless transition, thus fulfilling our expectations.

He not only directed his building team well, but kept the associated trades integrated and up to date with the well planned construction schedule. Logistically the project was managed very well.

Any addition undertaken brings extra challenges and unforeseen problems. As soon as these arose we would discuss them and arrive at an amicably agreed solution so as to not interfere with the building progress.

Detailing was to play an important part in the overall concept required. Nick was very receptive to working along side us through the requests for specific detail and it has certainly made the difference.

After possession date which was 4 days before Christmas and after a well deserved break for him and his team, Nick continued to keep in touch to ensure that everything was in good working order and as we wanted it to be after living in the home for a couple of weeks. This was extremely comforting.

We have no hesitation in recommending Nick from Cove to any of our contacts. If we were to approach another project we would most certainly use Nick again.

2 Halligan Road Whitianga Garry & Jenni Bell

We contracted Nick to build for us in Matarangi commencing in September 2011. We were immediately impressed by Nick’s professionalism and drive, and he continued to display this throughout our project. Nick told us that he would have it ready for us by Christmas which we thought was a stretch. However he delivered on time and we are delighted with the quality of workmanship and the fact we got to enjoy our first (wet) summer.

Nick was decisive and pragmatic throughout the project. We were building for the first time, but Nick ensured we knew when we had to make decisions and helped steer us when we asked. We absolutely recommend Nick to anyone wanting a high quality, professional and reliable builder.

123 Sands Cres Whitianga Graham & Rhonda Leaming

Christine and I are very pleased to be able to provide this testimonial to the whole experience we have had over the last three months whilst Nick Gill has built our new home in Whitianga Waterways. This is our first build experience and after talking with and visiting five national and local builders, Nick Gill from Cove Construction showed us the standard of workmanship he had done and filled us with confidence that he could deliver this project to meet our needs.
The whole design build journey has been an absolute pleasure with no surprises at all and any changes we made along the way discussed and accommodated easily. We were warned by others that this could be a stressful time, but we did not find this at all, communication was excellent and very friendly.
Project delivered on time, standard of finish first class with some unique little “ Nick inspired features.” Stunning result, we are well pleased Nick, well done.

57 Aquila Drive Whitianga Waterways Jim & Christine Campbell

When Barbara and I decided to extend and renovate our Matarangi property we looked around for local builders and found Nick’s crew from Cove working a couple of streets away and invited Nick to quote. Nick presented well, his crew seemed friendly, he was local and importantly his quote was competitive and we decided to give Cove the job.

The job was started on time and throughout the process Nick not only kept us fully informed but offered money saving suggestions and made all those “after thought” changes without any fuss and with a transparent pricing process. His crew were always cheerful and friendly and nothing was any trouble.

We have been through the same process with our Auckland home and can honestly say that we wish Cove had been around in those days and working in Auckland.

Nick and crew our sincere thanks for all the help and suggestions during the build and around the completion. We are thrilled not only with the finished home but with the whole process which gave us confidence and peace of mind that the job was progressing well to completion.

Many thanks and best wishes for a successful future.

306 Matarangi Drive Matarangi John & Barbara Foulds

My wife and I have just completed our new home on the Whitianga Waterways.Nick Gill was the builder in charge of this project and we have nothing but praise for the job that he did for us. Nothing was ever an issue, if there were problems, we never heard about them they were just attended to by Nick. The quality of the workmanship cannot be faulted and Nicks input into changes in the design was invaluable. Dealing with sub contractors can be difficult at times but Nick handled them all with a firm hand and this resulted in finishing the project ahead of time. Nick is a very competent tradesman and organizer and we were very impressed with the way he handled the project. We would have no hesitation in recommending Nick to you and we would use him again should the opportunity arise.

22 Waitotara Way Whitianga Vern & Kara Heydon

We were delighted when our project manager advised us that he had selected Cove Construction to build our dream beach house in Kuaotunu. During the tender process we had been invited up to Nick Gill’s home to meet his young family, discuss the project and obtain references from other houses he had built. We were very impressed from the start and were confident that he and his team would have the requisite skills to handle the task. Being an architect designed house with several unique features, the construction work involved some complex and technically challenging work which Cove Construction executed with perfection. All members of the team were friendly and professional and displayed a very strong work ethic – arriving promptly every day at 7.30am and never once letting us down. The project lasted for 7 months between March and October 2012 with the team working through some very testing weather conditions until the house was made weathertight. We were based in Auckland during the construction period but kept in regular contact throughout to openly discuss any matters of concern requiring our input. Nick is not just a fine builder and craftsman; he is also a natural leader with strong business acumen – the perfect combination of competences required to ensure that your home or building project will be finished on time, to budget and to the very highest quality. Nick and his team earned our utmost respect and we can highly recommend Cove Construction.

100A SH 25 Kuaotunu – Wharekaho Road, Kuaotunu Rob & Avril Aitken