Finally I have found a semi local wood supplier, about an hour away. This guy runs a home sawmill and is a cabinet maker. Has about 50 different species of wood on stock. I spent 2 hours looking through and made a few selections. I got a couple of international woods and some local native timbers. The native timbers here in New Zealand are hard to come by in such good condition, most of it is reclaimed/recycled. But my wood supplier has a native logging and milling licence which are as rare as hens teeth here. Almost all our wood available at saw mills and hardware stores is pine.
Here is a pic of my haul. Some project posts I sure will ensue.