The Thorne Group Experience

Celebrating 15 Years as a Master Builder

Our Journey

We’re extremely proud to be one of the most respected building companies in the Bay of Plenty. As a familyowned business, each home we create carries our family name – something we don’t take lightly and which, we feel, is the best guarantee in the market. Word-of-mouth has built our business, which speaks volumes about our client satisfaction. We’re passionate about building with future generations in mind, creating homes which stand the test of time and have minimal impact on the environment. Our vision is to “EXCEED EXPECTATIONS EVERYTIME”. 

This vision applies to the homes we build, our quality, our service and our people. Our core values guide how we think and behave as a business. They are the foundation on which our business decisions are made and underpin all our future planning.

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Exceptional Market Reputation

We understand some clients have an initial feeling of trepidation, not only about the build process but also with whole-heartedly trusting the people behind the brand.

While we can give you reassurance on paper, ultimately, we resolutely encourage you to speak with our previous clients.

In the meantime, please read a little more about us, to start you on your journey. It is our objective to give you 100% assurance that your home is safe in the hands of a passionate and ethically-minded, process-driven team. We also want to dispel any doubts you may have that the build process can be a fun and enjoyable experience.

Award winning Architectural Design

Thorne Group offers the option to work with our multiple award-winning Architectural Designer or bring your own plans to us for construction. Thorne Group Architecture is headed up by multi-award-winning Architectural Designer – Jon McAlpine.


Jon creates ‘conscious architecture’ – bespoke designs which have a life beyond a material manifestation. These designs have won him both regional and national awards every year. Working alongside Thorne Group’s build team ensures that all details are worked through prior to construction even starting on site.  This unique process optimises allocation of materials and labour.

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Trees for Homes

Building with the future in mind

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As a building company, we are very conscious of our environmental footprint.   Where possible we source sustainable products and continually look to review and enhance our environmental policies.  However, as a company we know that this alone is quite simply not enough.   With this in mind, we have put together a programme which not only aims to offset our carbon footprint, but also provides much needed support for environmental projects in the Tauranga region, for future generations to enjoy.

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Thorne Group is a family business, and we strive to maintain the highest quality standards and ensure an enjoyable client experience. This means regulating the number of building projects we undertake in order to maintain our quality standards and provide each client with the individual attention they deserve. Our small size and personalised approach means we can be flexible when it comes to accommodating each client’s unique requirements. This can be as simple as incorporating custom cabinetry to display a family heirloom or adding specially coated glass to protect artwork, through to repurposing salvaged building materials to be used in the construction of your new home. We are committed to working in partnership with you and remaining completely flexible.

Value Creators for Our Clients

One of the key misconceptions that clients have is that we are more expensive than other build companies. This is simply not the case, not when you compare like for like. As we are one of the largest builders in Tauranga, we negotiate the deals, then pass our volume discounts directly onto our clients.

Being a family business, you are guaranteed open, transparent advice. This is why we have clients who are now on their second, even their third build with Thorne Group; they understand the value for money.

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Thorne Group uses a world-class project management system which provides each client with their own customised webpage with a secure login. This enables our clients to view the project schedule, keep up to date on progress, track any contract variations, and view photos as their new home takes shape – from wherever they are in the world. While you may only have dealings with a handful of people, behind the scenes we have a team dedicated to keeping your project on track. Director, Peter Buck comes from an international banking background, with a strong focus on governance; Nikki (Finance Manager) is a Chartered Accountant, and Ryan is a highly experienced Quantity Surveyor. Tina (Accounts Administrator) has worked in purchasing for several large accounting firms and between them, they are all exceptionally detail orientated and ensure the financial side of your project runs smoothly

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After Care

Moving into your new home is a reason to celebrate but it is not the end. We are proud of the Thorne Group reputation for quality but understand that sometimes issues crop up as you settle in. As a family-owned business, each home we create carries our family name – something we don’t take lightly and which, we feel, is the best guarantee in the market. Not only do we offer the 10-Year Standard Master Build Guarantee, our team of builders and subcontractors stand behind their work. We keep in regular contact once you move in, correcting any defects during the aftercare period (12 months from completion), and then provide ongoing support throughout the 10-year Master Build Guarantee period.