About Us

BT Coachbuilder ‘s is located in Ashburton-amongst the expansive and picturesque South Canterbury plains of New Zealand’s South Island. Established in 2015 by Brendon Thomson after initially seeing a gap and growing need for a specialist, coach building company -BT Coachbuilders Ltd. was founded. Brendon has over 30 years’ design and build experience; and over 80 years combined experience within his staff. BT Coachbuilders place a strong focus on customers’ needs and individualist requirements- we want to design and build you a vehicle that will serve you, your clients and save you operating costs in the long term. Using today’s latest technology and innovative ideas, we create ‘fit for purpose designs’ that will endure and offer a point of difference. We are focused on exceeding your expectations- whether it is a new build or refurbishment; we can cater to your needs, start the process today- talk to Brendon of BT Coachbuilders Ltd and start making that coach a reality.

It’s not just Brendon’ s strong work ethic and superior attention to detail that has led to his outstanding reputation within the industry. Brendon is known within the coach building community as an honest, reliable, hardworking, meticulous and thorough tradesman. His “can do” attitude and ability to “get the job done” will give any customer confidence in their decision to contract BT Coachbuilders and his highly experienced team to build their next project” Max Cawte

What we do

BT Coachbuilders was established to provide high quality; cost efficient, bespoke made to order buses, coaches and specialty vehicles -we cater to the needs of YOU -our client. Our customers are everything; we place importance on putting the needs of our clients first. Offering superior backup and after sales care- we stand behind our workmanship and product 100%. Being flexible in design, understanding our clients’ needs, the use of modern cost saving technology- we will build you a vehicle to accommodate your requirements

What we can do for you

  • Manufacture of Buses & Coaches and specialist vehiclesP7020239
  • Refurbishment
  • Truck Bodies
  • Light Engineering
  • Spray Painting
  • Accident Repairs
  • Motor Trimming

Please contact us for more information on how we can assist your needs

Why choose us?

Why indeed- it’s our unique individual approach that sets us apart from the others. Quite simply we want to build you a better vehicle. One that meets you and exceeds your requirements, is as individual as your company, one that endures over the years and will cost you less in the long run.

To do that means we not only use quality parts, offer superior service and exceptional finishing – but will also discuss your long term needs – how can we make it better? Lighter? More cost effective in running? Offer more technological specifications to suit the ever growing needs of the global traveller? We want to have a lasting relationship with you.  Your satisfaction is as much a part of this process as any chassis , seat or locker handle.

Ultimately we want to create a vehicle that you are delighted with-that services all your needs and requirements and is a product that you will be proud to have as a part of your business. We are all about providing choice and when you choose us it you have already begun the journey to excellence.

Point of difference- Keeping it local

“We believe that we not only offer you a point of difference in our superior design idea’s, meticulous attention to detail and outstanding craftsmanship-but where possible we support the ‘ local man’-Brendon Thomson”

Brendon Thomson is an Ashburtionite who endeavours to support local business and industry by utilising the expertise, resources and talents of tradespeople within Canterbury and greater regions. Brendon and his expert staff have a wide network of businesses and contractors that are committed to providing you a superior service. By “Keeping it local” it ensures a hometown advantage-greater ability to stay within timelines, budgetary requirements BUT also ensures overall control of quality and craftsmanship. By supporting local business, we are supporting local families and communities- plus, why go anywhere else when we have it all right here.


So take the first step, contact us to discuss your requirements and how we can best serve your needs.