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Founding families Craig and Karen Duff plus Graeme and Sherryn Green started Active Refrigeration as a privately owned company in Christchurch, New Zealand back in 2000. Since, Active Refrigeration has grown into a nationwide group employing over 150 trade qualified refrigeration engineers and apprentices amongst a total of 190 staff across the North and South Island. We love what we do – Refrigeration and Air Conditioning.  Even the founding directors Craig Duff and Graeme Green are still involved daily at a ‘hands-on’ level helping provide solutions and working alongside our staff as equals. We employ some of the highest qualified and skilled engineers from across New Zealand and abroad, each hand picked to suit both our culture and strong customer solution focus.

We specialise in the use of sustainable industrial and commercial refrigeration system solutions, air conditioning - comfort cooling & heating, sales, design, project management, service and system analysis; continuously striving to deliver the complete solution.

Our aim is not to be the biggest industry player; it is simply to be the best we can be, building long lasting business relationships with our clients and partners.


Active Refrigeration seeks to deliver, accurate, efficient, reliable, process and temperature control nationwide. We will continue to provide our customers with solutions intended to help them produce products that are essentially more sustainable.



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Active Refrigeration’s nationwide group operation delivers performance to our clients driven by our direct ownership, control and passion for commitment.

We continue to develop innovative refrigeration and natural refrigerant based cooling, freezing & heating solutions for a number of industries and markets across New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands for commercial and industrial plant along with comfort air conditioning.



Service On Demand

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Service Nationwide

We aim to provide a cost effective, high quality level of personal service to our clients that can add value to their individual operational processes and ultimately their end products.

Our local knowledge and international experience combined with loads of personality is delivered to reassure our clients 24/7 that their crucial production processes are receiving the attention needed to perform efficiently and profitably.

Active Refrigeration offer 24 hour service support including some of the following services:

  • Scheduled system analysis programs 
  • Prescriptive & predictive asset health programs 
  • Domestic & commercial comfort heating and cooling systems
    (Daikin, Mitsubishi & Fujitsu approved Installers)
  • Refrigeration compressor reconditioning (all makes and models) two purpose build facilities, Christchurch & Auckland 
  • Ammonia alarm systems IQP accredited 
  • AC & HVAC systems IQP accredited - able to assist clients to qualify for their building warrant of fitness
  • Complete building surveys on refrigeration and air conditioning equipment and sign off PS1 & PS3
  • Water cooling tower services
  • Spare parts supply
  • Vibration analysis    
  • Plate heat exchanger servicing
  • Hazardous gas plant audits (to AU/NZ standards, codes & practices) 
  • Energy audits 
  • Glycol and chilled water system maintenance
  • Natural refrigerant specialist
  • Refrigerant reclaim and conversions
  • Refrigerant leak detection systems 
  • No Loss – carbon credit issuer (ISO 14001 certified and accredited issuer)
  • Refrigeration operator and plant training seminars (plant & client specific)
  • NH3 compliance audits, NH3 alarm system IQP 


Air Conditioning Solutions

Air Conditioning Solutions, domestic and commercial

Over the past decade Active Refrigeration have developed competitive advantages to set us apart from the competition, this attitude has positioned us as one of the market leaders throughout New Zealand.

We service domestic and commercial needs in regards to Heat-pump technologies and their applications, using leading brands such as Daikin, Mitsubishi and Futjitsu. We have constantly sought to solve our clients’ commercial temperature control issues with innovative solutions which mark us for our attention to detail, customer focus and cost effectiveness. Throughout the evolution of our business we have refined these traits to stay ahead of our competitors and continue to offer the professional service to meet and exceed our customers expectations.

With our dedicated nationwide team of qualified HVAC professionals we are able to provide the following types of air conditioning systems to meet with you or your client’s temperature control requirements.

  • Domestic heat pumps
  • Ducted air conditioning
  • Hydronic under floor heating
  • Heat recovery systems
  • VRV commercial systems
  • Commercial HVAC solutions
  • System design/build
  • Maintenance and service

Our innovative thinking has also broken some ground in New Zealand back in 2014, by harvesting heat from existing refrigeration processes in conjunction with Ammonia (natural refrigerant) heat-pump systems, gaining continuous hot water for various processes at outstanding efficiencies. The Sustainable 60 Award win is testament to Active Refrigeration's technology and innovation throughout the refrigeration industry with an admirable sustainable approach. We have continued development with our innovation being recognised through the 2016 ECCA innovation award.

As always, sustainability is key for our developed solutions.

System Engineering & Design

Our team has a high level of refrigeration engineering capability with a strong focus on globally accepted, sustainable, natural refrigerant solutions and associated practices protecting our precious environment. Our ISO14001 accreditation plus recent awards on sustainability and energy efficiency are testament to our experience and passion in this field.

We have significant local and overseas contracting and project management experience with a proven track-record in:

  • Commercial and Industrial chilling & freezing system sales, small and large
  • Commercial and Industrial system design, engineering, contracting, installation, commissioning
  • Commercial and Industrial air conditioning & comfort heating system design, installation, commissioning
  • Heat recovery and hot water solutions
  • Energy efficiency solutions
  • Control & automation solutions

Project Management

We have completed many small & large projects within New Zealand and abroad since the beginning, accumulating a wealth of knowledge and experience in this field, building a proven track record of on-time delivery and completion of projects, exceeding our client’s expectations.

Our modern business practices and systems allow us to accurately forecast progress during the many stages of a project, right up to commissioning, handover and client training. 



Contact Active Refrigeration, the leading refrigeration and air conditioning provider and get some advice or a quote today!

With offices throughout New Zealand and a comprehensive support network, we are here to help!



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Active Refrigeration Kerikeri

Phone: (09) 430 3186 
Email: martin@activerefrig.co.nz

Active Refrigeration Northland

25B Herekino Street
Whangarei 0110
New Zealand

PO Box 1357

Phone: (09) 430 3186
Email: martin@activerefrig.co.nz

Active Refrigeration Auckland

4E Piermark Drive
Auckland 0632
New Zealand

PO Box 302-769

Phone: (09) 447 3888
Email: stephen.powderley@activerefrig.co.nz

Active Refrigeration Bay of Plenty

145 Totara Street
Mt Maunganui
Tauranga 3116
New Zealand

PO Box 5335

Phone: (07) 929 4440
Email: scott@activerefrig.co.nz

Active Refrigeration Waikato

145 Totara Street
Mt Maunganui
Tauranga 3116
New Zealand

PO Box 5335

Phone: (07) 929 4440
Email: doug.barnett@activerefrig.co.nz


Active Refrigeration Gisborne

145 Totara Street
Mt Maunganui
Tauranga 3116
New Zealand

PO Box 5335

Phone: (07) 929 4440
Email: scott@activerefrig.co.nz

Active Refrigeration Taranaki

Unit 1, 9 Oropuriri Road
Waiwhakaiho, New Plymouth 4312
New Zealand

Phone: (06) 281 1582 or 021 786 715
Email: william.lovell@activerefrig.co.nz

Active Refrigeration Hawkes Bay

616 Omahu Road,
Hastings 4120
New Zealand

Phone: (06) 281 2487 or 021 510 338
Email: paulmc@activerefrig.co.nz


Active Refrigeration Palmerston North

1A Wiltshire Place
Palmerston North City 4414
New Zealand

Phone: (06) 280 2338 or 021 280 2338

Email: danielj@activerefrig.co.nz

Active Refrigeration Nelson

3/27 Packham Crescent
Nelson 7011
New Zealand

PO Box 7240

Phone Nelson: (03) 544 9139

Email: grant@activerefrig.co.nz

Active Refrigeration Wellington

Phone: (04) 595 4777 or 021 280 2338

Email: danielj@activerefrig.co.nz

Active Refrigeration Marlborough

37 Kinross street
Blenheim 7210
New Zealand

Phone Blenheim: (03) 577 7345

Email: john@activerefrig.co.nz

Active Refrigeration Christchurch (Support Office)

112 Hayton Road
Christchurch 8042
New Zealand

PO Box 6298

Phone: (03) 339 2617
Email: info@activerefrig.co.nz

Active Refrigeration Timaru

45 Treneglos Street
Washdyke Timaru 7910
New Zealand

PO Box 2021

Phone: (03) 684 9118
Email: tom@activerefrig.co.nz

Active Refrigeration Central Otago

Unit C, 15 Old Saleyard Road
Cromwell 9310
New Zealand

Phone: (03) 445 8250
Email: tom@activerefrig.co.nz

Active Refrigeration Dunedin

24 McNab Street
Dunedin 9018
New Zealand

Phone: (03) 477 9093
Email: richard.m@activerefrig.co.nz

Active Refrigeration Invercargill

33 Liddel Street
Invercargill 9810
New Zealand

Phone: (03) 215 9973
Email: jaco.davis@activerefrig.co.nz