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About Trade Tested

Trade Tested has grown to be New Zealand’s top online, outdoor hardware shop. 100% locally owned and operated, we started in 2001 importing to a small garage in central Auckland, selling on what was a little site called Trade Me.


As New Zealanders got more used to buying things online, we got more used to selling them. We expanded our product range and found a niche that the Trade Tested team was passionate about - outdoor hardware. So, after several years of being one of the the most popular businesses on Trade Me, we decided to start a website. Just for us.


After a few sleepless nights and lots of coffee, TradeTested.co.nz launched on the 10th of July, 2010. Our goal - give Kiwis the best deal on everything for their backyards. As we don’t have a chain of giant shops, or a million staff, our prices can’t be beaten.


So far it’s turned out pretty sweet, last year alone we are proud to have delivered to over 50,000 satisfied customers. This many happy people would have been impossible to achieve without our team of outdoor lifestyle gurus led by Terry, our resident MacGyver (but from Torbay). These guys are geniuses and can effortlessly solve any problem our customers might have. Just by talking over the phone. Give them a call 0800 800 880.


In the next year or so we are going to continue expanding internationally as well as adding a bunch of new products and categories. So if you have any suggestions, or would like to help out (must be able to use a hammer and a keyboard, but not together), feel free to get in touch.


Richard Humphries
Trade Tested Founder





Behind The Scenes

Orders going out
We send out hundreds of orders every day. Some fit in a box. Others need a truck.

Outside the showroom
A typical day out at the Trade Tested store and warehouse by Auckland Airport.

Inside our warehouse
We started out in a garage and soon realised we may need a bit more room. So this is our new garage - the Trade Tested warehouse.

Open for business
The Trade Tested Store is open for business 6 days a week out near Auckland Airport.

The store team
Craig and Te are the gurus at our Auckland Store. They know all about engines, building and fishing.