Best wooden toys in New Zealand

Best wooden toys in New Zealand

Here is our pick of 8 of the BEST creators of wooden toys made in New Zealand for children and babies.

Buying New Zealand made wooden toys means not only are you helping to support local businesses in New Zealand, but you are also helping to supporting the staff that work there, their suppliers and ensuring that original hand crafted toys continue to made in New Zealand for kids.

Expressions of Winter

Expressions of Winter was founded by 2 early childhood teachers in Tokoroa and creates hand made wooden toys and includes New Zealand’s three official languages:  NZ Sign Language, Te Reo Māori and English on their products as much as possible.

Pioneer Wooden Toys

Pioneer Toys manufactures wooden toys from sustainably recycled native timber and upcycled materials that are built to last. We especially like their timeless wooden toy vehicles (shown below) that can be passed down from generation to generation.

Children of the Trees

Children of the Trees is a family owned business based in the Waiarapa that makes beautiful wooden toys. Their toys are harvested, milled and supplied to the local timer supplier in the Waiarapa before each toy is  individually cut, sanded and painted. Our favourites are their rainbow stackers, custom painted xylophones (shown below), wooden tool bag, fishing rod set and fox puzzle (shown below).

Peterson Woodcraft

Peterson Woodcraft is a Hastings based husband and wife team create quality handmade wooden toys for children. We especially like the wooden trolleys with block sets (shown below),  wooden car garage and wooden teathers.

Moo & The Gang

Moo & The Gang are a New Zealand family that make handcrafted heirloom wooden toys for children. They create wooden animals, small world pieces, vibrant rainbow stackers (shown below), as well as wooden kids climbing equipment and rockers. 

Early Bird Toys

Early Bird Toys create beautiful toys and resources for children. They are made in New Zealand by hand from high quality timbers and non-toxic, child friendly finishes. They have a wide range of toys including the Ply Guys (shown below), building and counting wooden toys, pretend play, rainbows, stackers, housing collections, wooden piklers and wooden vehicles. The toys have been designed with a strong focus on open ended play and are built to last. 

Needle and Nail

Needle and Nail is a creative collaboration of a husband and wife team that make stunning wooden toys and dolls in the Far North of New Zealand.  We love all of their wooden toys, so it’s hard to pick just one favourite from the wooden doll’s pram (shown below), wooden toy lawnmower, wooden toy sewing machine, wooden fishing set and bow and arrow set (shown below). 

My Wee Fairy Door

My Wee Fairy Doors is a New Zealand business that sells beautiful wooden fairy doors for creative magical role play for your children.

Reader Interactions


  1. Thank you for the 8 of the best creators of wooden toys.
    I am checking out 3 of them today.More please.
    If I know about them, I will use them.

    • Hi Eilis,

      Auckland for Kids doesn’t make any of these wooden toys. Have a look at the toy makers websites listed above.

  2. Hi do you know who makes wooden sandpits with canopys in New Zealand please.

    Thanks so much


  3. Good morning. I am looking for a wooden table and chairs for kids… would appreciate your advice. Thank you.

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