NZ Railway Sleepers

New Zealand H5 treated Pinus Radiata sleepers.

-Various grades available.


Colour: An earthly – dark to faded brown colour.

Treatment: H5 Creosote treatment has been applied. Strong preservation treatment, suitable for wet and exposed environments. Can be used with polythene lining for vegetable gardens ETC. Ideal for small retaining walls and edging where longevity assurance is required (remember retaining walls over 1.5m require engineering designs and council approval). Not ideal for steps.

Description: Pre-weathered. Top and sides are generally square. A likelihood of chips & minimal cracks present.

About: The NZ sleeper is the best and most cost effective ‘used sleeper’ available on the market for all kinds of uses from edging to retaining walls to posts. A naturally fitting product that will noticeably blend in to existing surroundings or offer a prominent weathered look against newer, man-made products.


Using product: Cut, handled and modified easily, with durability up to 25 years. Can fit together with minimal fixing. Ready to be placed & used immediately.
Interlinks comments/ notes: Authentic weathering in texture. Surface will adapt to environment. Not suitable for vegetable gardens as chemically treated. (polythene lining recommended). Great for retaining walls, garden edging, vertical installation.



  • Delivery & logistics: Bundle of 25 = 1100kg / 1.2M3, easily loose loaded onto a single axle trailer or placed by forklift onto a minimum tandem trailer size with adequate tow bar rating is advisable.

  • Facts/ myth debunking: The idea of a main trunk railway between Auckland and Wellington had been talked about since the 1860s, but during the Vogel era of the 1870s rail-building efforts were focused elsewhere in the colony. By 1880, Auckland’s southern line reached as far as Te Awamutu, and isolated sections had been built in Taranaki, Manawatū, Hawke’s Bay, and between Wellington and Wairarapa. Between southern Waikato and Manawatū lay thousands of hectares of rugged country, volcanic mountains, deep ravines, dense forests and Māori land. On 15 April 1885 Premier Robert Stout, Wahanui Huatare and Rewi Maniapoto ceremonially turned the ‘first sod’ of the central section at Pūniu, near Te Awamutu. Despite high hopes, it would take another 23 years of exploration and surveying, parliamentary enquiries, and sheer hard work to complete the main trunk. Fast track to today, the network is now in the best condition it has been in for a number of years following more than $549.3 million in network upgrades and improvements. It is these upgrades & improvements that now allow us to re-gift life back to these historically rich railway sleepers.
    NZ sleepers are the most cost effective sleeper for their size and ability to lift cut and modify easily. The preservation treatment is to H5, near to marine grade requirements and so durability is assured. This high rating of H5 makes the NZ sleeper not suitable for seats or set in concrete as partitions for your concrete expansion allowance, unless out of the sun as the preservation treatment has been reported to come to the surface in very hot summer conditions. Around vegetable use polythene or a hardwood sleeper.
    However for all other uses particularly in semi-rural or large garden designs these are the best sleeper to use on any such projects due to their ease of handling and versatile uses with durability assured.