Where are the best places to live in NZ outside Auckland?

As the average sale price for residential property in Auckland hits new highs, property investors and first home buyers are increasingly looking to buy outside the country’s largest city.

Harcourts Thames recently commissioned a survey of 3,455 people aged 18+ to find out more on where Kiwis would like to live and why. The survey identified that three quarters of adult New Zealanders would consider moving to a new place in New Zealand.

A ‘better lifestyle’, ‘availability of suitable work’ and a ‘lower house price for the same or better housing’ were the top three reasons people would be attracted to move.

While about half of New Zealand’s population currently lives in the major cities, only 28.2% of respondents chose a ‘large city’ as their preferred location to live. Being within two hours’ drive of a large city was attractive to 73.5% of respondents.

Tauranga/Bay of Plenty, North of Auckland, Nelson/Marlborough and Wellington were the most popular destinations people would consider moving to. Smaller towns in the Coromandel, Thames/Hauraki, Marlborough Sounds and Southern Lakes were also included as attractive options.

On average, respondents would like to pay $395,500 for a residential property if they were to move town. The average sale price in Thames/Hauraki is currently $338,200.

Just 41% of the respondents currently own residential property, but findings from the survey indicate the majority of movers (69%) would want to buy property if they moved to a new place.

For more information on the Best Places to Live Survey, contact alaine.hedges@harcourts.co.nz or http://thames.harcourts.co.nz/.

Shannon Corbett