Our Buying Guide to A Pop-Up Gazebo

If you’ve attended an outdoor event recently, like a tradeshow, festival, or a friend’s outdoor dinner, chances are you’ve witnessed a pop-up gazebo in action. With extensive expertise in the Gazebo and Marquee Industry, Hercules Instant Shelter brings you the finest Pop-Up Gazebos available.

If you’re new to investing in a pop-up gazebo and feeling uncertain about what to consider or which one to choose, we’ve created this gazebo-buying guide to help you get started.

What is Pop Up Gazebo?

Pop up gazebos are super popular temporary shelters worldwide.  Made from metal materials and featuring a concertina system, these portable shade structures are simpler to set up than traditional marquees, and no tools are required. You can get them in different sizes and strengths.

The Hercules gazebos have two parts—the frame and the canopy top. Setting them up is a breeze, taking only 60 seconds. They’re not just easy to set up; packing them away is simple too. You can store them easily or take them from one place to another hassle-free. The canopy is waterproof, UV-resistant, and flame-retardant, making it perfect for New Zealand’s unpredictable weather.

These gazebos aren’t just for businesses—they’re great for fun outdoor activities too!

Where Do You Need Pop Up Gazebos

Since 2008, we’ve supplied our pop-up gazebos to numerous high-profile organizations, including City Councils, NZ Navy, NZ Police, Singapore Airlines, NZ Rugby, The Salvation Army, Plunket, Government entities, and a diverse range of individuals—ranging from small businesses to major corporations across various industries. Explore the top-notch collection of pop-up gazebos from Hercules Instant Shelter, tailored to meet the needs of your events or business.

  • Commercial Events: Exhibitions, Festivals, Shows, Real Estate, Markets, etc;
  • Sports Events: Rugby, Cricket, Football, Motorsport, Car racing, Fishing, etc;
  • School Events: Open Day, Festival Activities, Learning, Tournament, etc;
  • Government Organisations: Medical & Health Emergency, etc;
  • Construction & Building Service;
  • Residential & Recreational: Temporary Car Port, Parties, Camping, etc;

Gazebo Size Range

What to Consider When Buying a Pop-Up Gazebo?

  • Use: How often do you use your gazebo and what do you intend to use it for, and in what type of weather conditions?
  • Operation:  Check the gazebo’s weight and the open and close mechanism, as these impact the ease of operation and transportation.
  • Size: Pop-up gazebos come in different sizes from small to large. Take into consideration the people that have to fit underneath, as well as accessories such as chairs, furniture, lighting, floorings, etc.
  • Canopy Materials: The best way to determine if a gazebo roof is suitable for your needs is by measuring the fabric’s thickness. Check the GSM value of the fabric and the Denier (denoted with a ‘D’)—both indicators of thickness. Generally, a higher value indicates thicker and more durable material. A significant portion of canopy buyers prefers PVC-coated polyester canopies. These canopies are crafted by coating vinyl (PVC) with polyester, resulting in low-maintenance, lightweight options that provide enhanced protection against UV rays and rain. They are usually flame-retardant. Opting for a 100% PVC canopy is a premium choice. It offers complete waterproofing, superior strength, and heavyweight characteristics, particularly suited for prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. These are crucial considerations that should not be overlooked.
  • Frame Materials: Most pop-up frames are made of either steel or aluminium. Steel is sturdy yet relatively inexpensive. Steel frames are finished with powder coating to prevent rust and corrosion. However, if the coating sustains damage, it can lead to rust on steel frames. On the other hand, aluminium frames are naturally corrosion-resistant. They are generally considered the superior choice for longer operating times.
  • Operation Mechanism, Legs & Joints: The type of legs and joints on your gazebo impact the overall structure and strength. The pull-pin slider operation mechanism ensures a smooth extension of the gazebo legs and helps prevent finger injuries. You should know exactly what you are getting.
  • Replacement: Check if replacements are available for your gazebo. Having replacement frame parts and canopies supplied will save you the trouble and expense of having to replace the entire gazebo. Only a professional supplier will stock parts.

Why Buy Pop Up Gazebos from Hercules?

Reputed Local Supplier Has Got You Covered Since 2008

Industry Expertise in Portable Shading Solutions & Custom Printing Service

NZ's Broadest Selection of Event Shelters To Fit Your Needs and Budget

Market Leading Warranties: We Repair, Replace & Sell Hercules Gazebo Parts

Hassle-Free Local Customer Service in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch

Largest Range of Gazebo add-ons (sides, weights, bags, lightings, flags, etc)  

Free Custom Design Assistance & Mock-up Service

Engineer Certified Wind Resistant

Price Match Guarantee*

Fully Waterproof

UV Protection

Flame Retardant

Hercules Premium Pop Up Gazebo Range



FROM $499.00 NZD
Commercial-Grade Powder Coated Steel



FROM $719.00 NZD
A unique balance between lightweight & strength

PRO 37


From $949.00 NZD
Mounded AluminumLegs & Brackets

PRO 40


FROM $1169.00 NZD
Moulded Aluminium Legs & Brackets

PRO 57


FROM $1449.00 NZD
Moulded Aluminium Legs & Brackets

Unique Product Features

Full Velcro Wall Attachment:Easy & Secure

PVC Reinforced Protective Corners

Eyelets Provided for Wall Anchor

Gazebo FAQs

Why Shouldn't Buy Cheap Gazebos?

A cheap gazebo is not designed to last. Some of our customers are not first-time gazebo buyers, they learned from past experience and acknowledge that choosing quality over price is almost always the sustainable choice because it eliminates waste and improves efficiency.

Are Hercules Gazebos Durable?

The Pop-up Gazebo by Hercules™ instant shelter is easy to erect and take down due to its unique frame structure and offers dependable sturdiness on all occasions. The canopy is manufactured using high-quality fabric which is waterproofed, fire retardant and has guaranteed UV protection to UPF 50+.

A Hercules pop-up gazebo can offer many years of dependable performance if properly taken care of. Please make sure you read our user instructions carefully before you start using the gazebo to prevent damage to the gazebo canopy due to misuse, accident and poor care.

We offer SIX gazebo frame options to suit different applications and two fabric options for our canopy. If you have questions about choosing the right gazebo and canopy for your use, please don’t hesitate to ask our experienced Hercules team.

Are Hercules Gazebos Wind Roof?

We’re proud that our range of alloy gazebos are certified great-strength gazebos with the ability to stand against a range of wind speeds between 50kph and 80kph accordingly and based on models. Each alloy model comes with an individual wind-action engineering report.

However, it is super challenging if keep it erected in extreme weather no matter how prepared you are, so please do NOT leave a gazebo outside in strong winds or unattended, as this can cause the gazebo and surroundings serious damage. Never forget the power of nature and its dangerous effects.

Can I set up a pop up gazebo in strong winds and heavy rains? or overnight unattended?

A pop-up gazebo is essentially designed for shade, not designed to withstand strong wind speeds and heavy rains. It is super challenging if keep it erected in extreme weather no matter how prepared you are, as this can cause a gazebo serious damage.

We advise you never to assume that there is no wind and to make sure that your gazebo is always properly secured by pegs and guy ropes as well as gazebo weights. Particularly in the wet season, storms and gusts of wind often arise unexpectedly and without warning. Please never leave the gazebo outside unattended.

You should also take great care of the pop-up gazebo during the low-level rain, make sure water does not pond on the canopy, this will help prevent breakage and collapse from the weight of water.

How do the side wall attach to the canopy?

Side walls can be easily attached to the canopy with a 50mm wide Velcro strap on the edge of the canopy.  Every wall has large Velcro strap that attaches to each other for a neat finish.

How many people can fit under a gazebo?

You can check out our guide below to find out what size gazebo will best suit your event. Capacity is reduced when guests will be seated.

Size Range                        People Standing  (Approx.)
2x2m 6
2.5×2.5m 8
3x3m 12
3×4.5m 18
3x6m 24
4x4m 26
4x6m 40
4x8m 52

How big is the package? What should I do to get ready for my pick up?

The pop-up gazebos by Hercules Instant Shelter come in a folding size and are packed in a flat package,  the general package size is about 160cm long by 30cm wide, they will fit into a vehicle while a front seat and all the back seats are down. Otherwise, a UTE or trailer is needed. The package is heavy and definitely requires two people to carry a gazebo.

Please note the package length of a 4m gazebo is about 210cm. Please check out the package dimensions and weights below before collection.

SERIES 30 – 2X2M: frame 155x21x21cm 15kg, canopy 40x37x13cm 5kg;

HEX 45S – 2.5X2.5M: frame 157x25x25cm 25kg, canopy 44x37x13cm 6kg;
HEX 45S – 3X3M: frame 157x28x28cm 30kg, canopy 44x37x13cm 7kg;
HEX 45S – 3X4.5M: frame 157x32x28cm 39kg, canopy 56x36x13cm 9kg;
HEX 45S – 3X6M: frame 157x46x30cm 54kg, canopy 54x42x15cm 10kg.

HEX 45A – 2.5×2.5M: frame 157x23x23cm 15kg, canopy 44x37x13cm 6kg;
HEX 45A – 3x3M: frame 157x28x28cm 16kg, canopy 44x37x13cm 7kg;
HEX 45A – 3×4.5M: frame 157x32x28cm 21kg, canopy 56x36x13cm 9kg;
HEX 45A – 3x6M: frame 157x46x30cm 30kg, canopy 54x42x15cm 10kg;
HEX 45A compact – 3x3M: frame 110x32x32cm 16kg, canopy 44x37x13cm 7kg;

PRO 37 – 2.5×2.5M: frame 157x25x25cm 23kg, canopy 44x37x13cm 6kg;
PRO 37 – 3x3M: frame 157x25x25cm 25kg, canopy 44x37x13cm 7kg;
PRO 37 – 3×4.5M: frame 157x33x25cm 33kg, canopy 56x36x13cm 9kg;
PRO 37 – 3x6M: frame 157x45x27cm 44kg, canopy 54x42x15cm 10kg.

PRO 40 – 3x3M: frame 157x25x25cm 28kg, canopy 44x37x13cm 7kg;
PRO 40 – 3×4.5M: frame 157x33x25cm 38kg, canopy 56x36x13cm 9kg;
PRO 40 – 3x6M: frame 157x45x27cm 48kg, canopy 54x42x15cm 10kg.

PRO 57 – 3x3M: frame 157x32x32cm 31kg, canopy 44x37x13cm 7kg;
PRO 57 – 3×4.5M: frame 157x45x32cm 41kg, canopy 56x36x13cm 9kg;
PRO 57 – 3x6M: frame 157x56x32cm 57kg, canopy 54x42x15cm 10kg;
PRO 57 – 4x4M: frame 208x32x32cm 41kg, canopy 58x42x15cm 10kg;
PRO 57 – 4x6M: frame 208x45x32cm 59kg, canopy 58x54x15cm 14kg;
PRO 57 – 4x8M: frame 208x56x32cm 67kg, canopy 58x54x15cm 18kg.

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