Rilean Construction

As Queenstown’s first choice in construction, Rilean has built a reputation synonymous with quality and innovation. We are recognised as a key performer in the delivery of all types of construction projects in the area. With its alpine weather and climate, the Central Otago landscape offers a unique building environment. The Queenstown team has on-the-ground knowledge of these challenges which they factor into their planning, regardless of what Mother Nature has in store.


Building a home in Queenstown is a dream come true for most of our clients. With many years’ experience creating tailor-made homes, we pride ourselves in exceeding expectations by building unique, high-class quality homes, with timeless and sustainable features.



From iconic historic buildings in Arrowtown to high-profile accommodation in downtown Queenstown, Rilean has a wealth of trade-focused experience to deliver a high quality project, on time and within budget.


Buckley Residence

House of the Year 2014 Silver Awards

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  • We were first introduced to the evolution series via some friends of ours who had recently finished building an evolution series home. ...

    Giulio and Ruth Chapman-Olla - 13/10/2014

  • Our Evolution Series home built by Rilean is excellent. ...

    Jon Mitchell and Mary Rowland - 16/07/2013

  • We are extremely pleased that on the advice of our architect, Mark Gray of Mark Gray Architects, we chose Rilean’s evolution team to build our new house. ...

    SOG 06 5404 09 Lionel and Betty Gray - 1/06/2013

  • When the opportunity to build in Queenstown arose for us, we had very specific objectives and parameters: we wanted a warm energy efficient home that had to fit within our budget. ...

    JFK 1418 4 Sally Mingaye and Steve Hall - 31/05/2013

  • We met with Mick from the Rilean's Evolution team in 2012. ...

    JFK 50221 15 Medium Jason Loveridge and Darrel and Laetitia Seeto - Australia, 16/05/2013

  • After a quick 7 month build Cristina and I took possession of our fantastic new home last week and already we are feeling the benefits of the energy efficient design. ...

    JFK 1826 16 Medium Graham and Cristina Robinson - 7/05/2012

  • We were pleased to be able to appoint Rilean Construction to build our house in Arrowtown as we knew of their first class reputation, and we had heard glowing reports about the standard of their... ...

    Diana and Peter Duncan - 8/11/2011

  • The evolution team made the whole building process very straightforward. ...

    Jackie Burston - 18/07/2011

  • Rilean were engaged on a charge up basis and consistently delivered our monthly project reports on time and in enough detail that we were comfortable with our position at every stage of the build. ...

    Tristan Franklin, Managing Director - Control 4 NZ - 11/10/2010

  • We have been involved with Rilean Construction since 1999 on numerous projects throughout the Wakatipu Basin.The nature and complexity of these projects has been quite diverse. ...

    David Stringer - Registered Architect - 8/10/2010

  • I’d like to say a big thanks to you, Steve, and particularly Craig and his boys for doing such a great job on our fit out and being so great to work with. ...

    placemakers Karla Mangos, Mico & Placemakers, Fit Out Project Manager, - Queenstown, 20/10/2016

  • Huge thanks to you and your team for the delivery of this project. ...

    Anita Brosnan, Property & Project Manager for Maori Hill Properties - Dunedin, 15/10/2016

  • We are very, very happy with the completed buildings, which had to fit in with the look of the existing ones. ...

    Greg Hunt, Gibbston Valley Wines, CEO - Gibbston Valley, Queenstown - 15/12/16

  • In 2016 Rilean Construction designed and built ten houses for Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust (QLCHT).The project was delivered within the specified time frame and on budget. ...

    DSCN1691 Julie Scott, Executive Officer - Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust, 2016

  • "We found Rilean to be be a very effective partner while collaborating on 22 Hallenstein Apartments. ...

    JFK 5885 22 Medium Tim Medland, Developer-Aedifice Limited - Queenstown, 2018

  • I'm really happy about this project and would be happy to do a new one with Rilean, which I’m sure will happen in the near future. ...

    exterior photoshopped Francois Beziac-Aedifice Limited - Queenstown, 2018

  • I love my home!

    I love that the whole house is warm in the depths of winter.I love that it’s energy efficient and I love its eco friendly features. ...

    Debbie and dog Debbie Anderson - Queenstown, 2017

  • "I found working with the Evolution team to be a positive experience.The project was well resourced and well administered. ...

    the glenorchy marketplace project general manager cropped Steve Hewland, Project & Operations General Manager - Glenorchy, Queenstown

  • When building in Jacks Point, we were impressed by Evolution's approach to energy efficiency in the design and construction of their houses. ...

    website exterior4 Guy Lloyd - Jack's Point, Queenstown, August 2018

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About Rilean

Rilean Construction is a multi-award-winning commercial and residential construction company based in Queenstown and Christchurch.

Established over 20 years ago, Rilean is recognised for outstanding results in residential, commercial and renovation projects around New Zealand’s South Island. We opened offices in Christchurch in 2011, contributing to our success rate in delivering high quality, large-scale, on time and efficient projects during the re-build.

The company’s sustainable building techniques are showcased in Evolution, our division specializing in the building of energy efficient homes. With over fifty homes and moving endorsements from previous clients enjoying warmer, drier and healthier homes that cost less to run, Evolution has proven an overwhelming success.

Combined with good management and leadership, we’re a company you can trust, with genuine commitment to client satisfaction.

We’re thrilled to have won numerous Master Builders Association awards, a coveted Trade & Construction Queenstown Chamber of Commerce award, and received Queenstown’s first six-star Homestar™ rating for an Evolution home.

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