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Plumbers in Christchurch

Christchurch became a city way back in 1856, making it officially the oldest city in New Zealand.

As you would expect with any old city, Christchurch has undergone its fair share of development and refurbishment. Most notably of course after the horrific 2011 earthquakes that left the city as well as suburbs such as Lyttelton, Sumner, and Redcliffs with extensive damage.

It takes many years for a city to recover from such tragic events and with the recent completions of the new Tait communications hub and also the crown building, there is definitely no sign of Christchurch’s construction industry slowing down any time soon. 

Christchurch Plumbers

With so much construction and redevelopment going on around chch and its surrounding suburbs it’s no wonder that of course plumbers are in high demand at the moment. 

Jobs plumbers regularly do will include:

- Fixing blocked or burst water pipes
- Rectifying bathroom drainage issues
- Fixing dripping taps
- Help with waste disposal systems
- Opening up walls and floor for piping
- Repairing water heaters
- and of course even finding that engagement ring you accidently dropped down the sink! 

You may perform only minimal tasks around the home such as installing a dishwashers and changing taps and seal, everything else by law requires a plumber.

If you’re looking to hire the services of a plumber in Christchurch the average cost of a plumber is $90 per hour (the highest in New Zealand). Of course you will be able to find professionals either side of this bracket. 

Finding the right plumber

With this in mind, you want to make sure that you’re getting not only someone that is qualified and licensed to carry out plumbing in New Zealand but also, and most importantly – the very best person for the job. All plumbers legally require certification, after undertaking a 4 year study course, so make sure to ask for their card to verify.

In the past, if you had quite a specific plumbing task that needed fixing often you could be trawling through the phone book getting ridiculous quotes or people coming out to your house or business only to say that “it can’t be done” for the price you’re looking to spend.

Luckily there is now Builderscrack, your one-stop shop for finding the right plumber for any job that you need done. All you have to do is post what you want done online and the area you live in and plumbers will apply for the job. The next step is the fun part, you get to see their previous reviews, references and, of course, compare prices and quotes.

This will assure you get the best person for the job - at the best price.

Your guide to Plumbing in Christchurch

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Deluxe Bathroom Renovation Costs - What you'll get for $30,000+

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Bathroom Renovation Cost & Getting Started

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Green Plumbing - just how affordable and environmentally friendly is it?

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Get in your Mums good books this Mother's Day

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Reviews of Christchurch Plumbers

Roof ridge line repair

10th August 2017

“Happy with the work once completed but took far too long - initially no issues as was weather related but after that they failed to turn up on the agreed day due to being too busy.
Although I agreed the cost up front, had I know there was only 1 hour's labour involved then I would not have agreed to $350 labour charge (plus travelling of $35) as for 1 hour that is excessive in my opinion.”

Work carried out by an employee of the company

Shade Sail

16th February 2017

“Took longer then expected and did not get the sail I wanted put up, purchased another and it was too small, cost me more in the long run, overall workmanship good but was not in a timely manner.”

Work carried out by the owner/operator

Move shower

10th August 2017

“Quick communication. Great workmanship. Efficient and explained everything. Would certainly use again for other jobs.”

Work carried out by the owner/operator

Reply: “Thanks very much from the team at Core Plumbing.”


15th August 2017

“I was very happy This was my first time using the site so wasnt sure about it. Dorin did everything I asked and commucated with me on evry asspect of what he was doing. I would strong reconmend Dorin or any jobs you need doing around your home.”

Work carried out by the owner/operator


“Canterbury Plumbing and Gas were very prompt and professional on the job. I am very happy to recommend them to any one.”

Work carried out by the owner/operator


“Very professional service. Completed the work in a professional manner and was cheaper than quoted as they found a way to install bathroom fan and vent through wall instead of through roof. Cleaned area. Very friendly staff. Couldn't be happier. Asked them to check hot water cylinder while there and they checked and adjusted this too. AAA+++ service.”

Work carried out by an employee of the company

Recent jobs posted in Christchurch

Our dish washer has stopped with no water coming through..

Leak in the bathroom, cold water dripping, pipe which is connected to wash tub.

Have 2 standard S Trap toilets with Inlet hose at the bottom that we are keen to replace with New Back to Wall Toilets (that we will purchase). Just need the old ones uninstalled and new ones refitted, we wish to…

Remove existing laundry tub, inspect and replace floorboards as required then install new laundry tub

To pick up and fit a new cistern and front piece to replace the one I have.

Have bought a new laundry sink. Need to connect the pvc piping of the new sink to the old copper piping which comes out of the floor. Also have a leaking tap above that sink. Also have a very leaky shower head.

We are upgrading a rental and require Alter water and waste for new kitchen Fit new toilet in place of existing. To alter water and waste pipes for new bath with shower over and replace vanity. Bath plumbing to be…

Bathroom Vanity tap has progressively developed a very low water flow over the last 12 months or so in our 1960s house. Photo shows water flow with tap on full. I have removed and tested the tap and flexible pipe from…

We are a commercial kitchen with 3 taps that need fixing. 2 ideally fixed for leaking the 3rd (high use) we ideally need to replace with a more robust tap/spray gun unit. additionally when our dishwasher is working…

Replacement of kitchen taps/set (provided). Old taps are worn out.

I have a leaky shower mixer, it will either need fixing or a replacement. You can access it no problem

Leaking toilet supply (I suspect both the inlet valve and the connection below it are leaking) and a leaking pipe connection in the subfloor (easy access as it is at the subfloor access point). Photos attached.

Replace leaking 15mm PVC T-junction. Junction is leaking from a pinhole in the T-Junction, not the joins.

Hot water vent pipe was recently extended but not supported, now when a gale blows it shakes the frame of the house. Looking for a price to have it supported to stop it wobbling in the wind.

We have an old laundry tub and cabinet that we want removed and replaced with a standalone Robinhood supertub (which we already have ready to go). So old tub needs to be taken out and probably pipes brought down a…