Props FAQ

How much does it cost to hire a prop?

Here at First Scene we charge per item so we are able to work to almost any budget. A bond is required upon collection of your props. Your bond will be refunded to you upon return of your props in the same format that you paid (ie if you paid on your EFTPOS card we will refund on your EFTPOS card). We can only refund to the hirer who paid the bond (ie if your friend returns your props for you we cannot give your bond to them. You will need to come in to receive your bond).

How long is the prop hire period?

Our standard hire is for up to four days. If you require the prop for longer than four days extra charges apply. Long term hire (multiple months) is negotiable dependent upon the item. We also offer a ‘Theatre Rate’ which applies to theatre productions and extends the hire for up to four weeks at no extra charge. This relates to specific ‘stage setting’ items.

I am looking for a particular prop and can’t find it on your website

Please call us on (09) 815 7230 or email props@firstscene.co.nz and talk to our team about any prop you can’t find on our website. Due to the EXTREME number of props in our collection ( thousands) we are not able to feature all of them on our site. We are working all the time to put more photos up for you!

I have never hired props from First Scene before, what’s the process?

Come in to our amazing store at 334B Rosebank Road (behind BOC Gas), Avondale where our props team will help you to find the right props for your event. All hires require photo ID such as a driver’s license or NZ Passport.

Can I book my props in advance?

Yes! You are very welcome to come in and book your props in advance of your event. Once you have chosen your props and are ready to book, you will need to pay a 20% booking fee. This will become a cancellation fee if you cancel your order within four weeks of the hire date.

Can I hire props if I am unable to come into the store?

Yes! Please email your request to our staff or book directly via our website. Our staff will reply to your email/website booking within 48 hours.

Do you offer transport services?

Yes! We can arrange local Auckland based transport for you and also courier smaller items around NZ.

What if I return my props late?

We charge a late fee – generally 50% of your original hire. If your late return affects the next hire you may be charged a Lost Hire fee.

I have damaged a prop – what happens now?

Our staff will assess the damage – if it can be fixed we will charge a repair fee, if it is damaged beyond repair we will charge replacement cost. If the costs are low these will be taken off your bond. If they exceed your bond you will be required to pay the extra costs.

I have lost a prop – what happens now?

A replacement cost will be charged. The replacement cost depends on the item, whether an identical item can be purchased locally or whether it has to be made from scratch. Please note a replacement cost can be multiple times the cost of the hire due to the value of the item. These costs will be taken off your bond. If the costs exceed your bond you will be required to pay the extra costs.