Contender NZ has been importing and distributing the very best of the world’s sailcloth and outdoor fabrics and textiles to New Zealand for the last 30 years. Over that time the business has built a reputation for providing the best fabric technology available, servicing both the marine industry and outdoor domestic and commercial markets.


Technology has influenced advancements in sailcloth that has elevated the sport around the globe. From New Zealand’s early beginnings with America’s Cup campaigns through to our very latest challenges, Contender sailcloth has featured in almost every major yachting regatta and campaign there is. Whitbread and Volvo Ocean Races, International regattas such as the Admirals Cup, Sydney Hobart, Fastnet and Trans Atlantic races attract high profile campaigns, often crewed by Kiwis, and sailcloth provided to sailmakers by Contender NZ.

Of course our local boats also benefit from the same Contender technology and service, with hi-tech sail wardrobes provided by their favourite sailmakers through to dodgers, biminis, canopies, deck protection and hardware covers.

Outdoor Living

Contender NZ provides New Zealanders with the very latest fabric technology, colour ranges and advice to ensure that our great love of the outdoors is expressed with style, character and durability. For outdoor furniture, awnings, umbrellas, tents, covers and more – Contender NZ is the supplier of choice for the best domestic and commercial designers and manufacturers. Our extensive fabric ranges come from the very best suppliers in Europe and Australia, and more and more customers are asking their architects and outdoor manufacturers for Contender fabrics by name.

Doing what we do best.

We naturally build long relationships with sailmakers, marine canopy and cover specialists, outdoor awning, tent, umbrella and furniture manufacturers, because we care about their businesses. They are the people who deal directly with the customer, and it is our job to make sure Contender fabrics represent them with uncompromising and flawless quality on every project.

Contender NZ recommends and supplies only the very best quality fabrics available globally for our specialist industries. We stand by every range we sell, so when you specify Contender, we believe you’re getting the best there is.