Shade sails represent one of the most comprehensive and cost effective solutions for providing protection from the sun’s harmful UV radiation and excessive heat.

It is well documented that New Zealand has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world. Currently, there are 2,500 new cases of melanoma reported each year in our country – that’s 7 a day!

Providing adequate shade within the school environment and over high use playground areas is an investment in the health and wellbeing of our children, teachers and all other stakeholders regularly making use of the school grounds.

They add aesthetic allure and interest to the environment also.

Lidgard Sails are proud to be one of the two original sailmakers that started manufacturing shade sails in NZ nigh on 20 years ago.

We have a wealth of experience and there's not much we haven't seen or done. This allows us to provide a quality product that we manufacture ourselves, meaning can provide a guarantee that we know we can stand behind.

Our Shade Sails are made from quality heavy duty 330 GSM shade fabric and are known for being tough high quality custom built shades that stand up New Zealand’s wild weather conditions.

If it's a Waterproof shade sail your after, we use architectural grade structural PVC. Not all installations will suit a waterproof shade because of technical details, but call us to discuss further.

We use only 316 Marine grade stainless steel for our fixtures and fittings, so you don't end up with unsightly rust stains that you will eventually get from using galvanised steel fittings.

Poles, which can be powder coated to a colour of your choice, are the most expensive part of the job and often people will take shortcuts to bring the cost down to the detriment of the structure, and inevitable disappointment when the structure fails and someone is potentially hurt. You can be sure that we do it right. It's because of this we're still proudly producing shade sails to this day.


  • Quality Materials
    We only use the best materials available
  • NZ Made
    Since 1973, Lidgard has been making great outdoor products
  • Customer Service
    We have a proven system that keep you informed from start to finish
  • Custom Made
    Everything we do is made to suit your scenario
  • Sound Construction
    We don't cut corners, we build it like a brick out house.
  • No Obligation Free Quotation
    We're here to help, offer advice and steer you in the right direction to achieve the optimal outcome for you home, business or school.

For a quality outdoor shade
solution call Lidgard Shades
09 489 1111