New Zealand

Exchange rate $1 = 0.82 British Pound; e.g. $122,000 home = £63,161

Exchange rate NZdollar 1.00 is $0.71 USdollar; e.g. $100,000 house in NZ is $71,000 house in US.

Cost of living How New Zealand’s cost of living compares really depends on what country you’re coming from and what part of New Zealand you settle in.

overall the cost of living in New Zealand is comparable to what you’ll find in any OECD country.

To give you more of an idea - one independent international survey ranked Auckland 61st in the world in terms of its cost of living, and Wellington 83rd, far better than other major cities.

New Zealand has a ‘Goods and Services’ tax (GST) that is added to the price of most things you buy. GST currently applies at 15%. GST doesn’t apply to rent on a home, apartment, flat or other accommodation. It also doesn’t apply to financial transactions, like bank charges, or to income.

Housing in NZ Having a place to call home is a big part of feeling settled in a new country, and it can take time to find the one that’s right for you and your family.

Even if you plan to buy eventually, it’s best to start off by renting. That way you can take time seeing what’s available and where you’d like to live before you make a commitment.


Northland, North Island

NORTHLAND North Island. Known as ‘the winterless North’ for its subtropical climate, Northland’s expanses of white sandy beaches, great fishing and scenic locations like the Bay of Islands all combine to make it a popular place to live.

Housing in Northland is generally a bit cheaper than other parts of the country, and because it's such a long skinny region, the place you call home will never be far from the coast

New Zealand’s northernmost region is home to around 150,000 people. Roughly half live in the largest city, Whangarei, around two hours drive from Auckland.

Northland Cape Reinga ~ Giant Kauri Waipoura Forest

Northland is particularly rich in Maori tradition, having welcomed the canoes of the first explorer Kupe around 800 years ago. Today, around a quarter of Whangarei’s population identify themselves as Maori.

The warm climate and safe harbours also drew the first European settlers, and Paihia, an hour north of Whangarei, was New Zealand’s first seat of government. New Zealand’s founding document, Te Tiriti (The Treaty of Waitangi) was signed just outside Paihia in 1840.

Northland forest, birds

Physically, Northland is one of New Zealand’s most desirable locations. It offers unspoiled white sand beaches, native bush and scenery galore, spectacular fishing and more in a warm, sub-tropical climate that enables outdoor living year-round.

Average house price March 2016: Whangarei: $395,670 [280,925 USdollars]

Auckland, North Island

AUCKLAND Auckland is spread out over a large area, with a wide mix of established and new housing.

Auckland Our largest city, Auckland is New Zealand’s commercial hub.

It’s also the largest Polynesian city in the world and the most multi-cultural, with over 180 different ethnic groups. All of which adds up to one big, bustling, cosmopolitan and vibrant place.

The most peaceful English-speaking country in the world!

Auckland is considered one of the world’s most liveable cities, ranking third in the 2015 Quality of Living survey conducted annually by the global HR consultants Mercer. It’s held that slot since 2012. A similar survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Auckland 9th of 140 cities.

The region is a food-lovers’ paradise, bustling with trendy cafes, ethnic eateries and award-winning restaurants. Being located between two harbours, fresh seafood is an Auckland speciality, and the region also features a range of vineyards and olive groves.

Auckland North Shore

Aucklanders can choose between a sophisticated urban lifestyle, living in the suburbs or moving a short distance to the countryside to live on a lifestyle block surrounded by farmland and native bush.

Over 1.4 million people live in Auckland - around a third of New Zealand’s population. It’s the region of choice for over half of new migrants. They’re drawn here by Auckland’s job opportunities, good climate, stunning natural environment with beautiful harbours, beaches, and parks and its vibrant, cosmopolitan centre.

Average house price March 2016: $931,061 [661,053 US dollars]

Waikato, North Island

WAIKATO North Island. There are plenty of options when it comes to finding the home and lifestyle you're looking for in Waikato. This includes everything from a good-sized modern city to smaller regional towns, along with rural and coastal areas.

Waikato One of the richest agricultural and pastoral areas of the world, the Waikato is home to New Zealand’s famous dairy and thoroughbred horse racing industries and base for many agri-businesses and research institutes.

The area was named after New Zealand’s longest river. The Waikato River winds 425 kilometres from Lake Taupo on the Central Plateau to the Tasman sea.

The region’s largest city is Hamilton, with a population of over 141,000 New Zealand’s fourth largest city, lies about an hour and a half’s drive south of Auckland.

Waikato River ~ Waikato aerial photo

Hamilton’s proximity to the ports of both Auckland and Tauranga, close access to two airports (Auckland and Hamilton) and strategic location on the road and rail networks provide significant opportunities for export and import.

Waikato, home of middle earth, Hobbits

Before European settlement, the Waikato was heavily populated by Maori. Today, Hamilton is diverse, home to over 80 ethnic groups. It is also a relatively ‘young city’ with around half its residents under 30 years old.

~ Omaru Falls

Waikato district offers, relaxed, peaceful living. The rural tranquillity and views of farmland and bush are making it increasingly popular for lifestyle living.

In contrast, Hamilton City is vibrant and diverse. It features some of the most spectacular gardens in the country, one of our largest aquatic centres, an internationally recognised zoo, world class sport and event facilities plus an extensive network of walkways and cycle ways linking with the Waikato River. Around Hamilton airport, there is a vibrant aviation community which includes pilot training organisations and aviation maintenance.

Average house price March 2016: $378,903 [269,021 US Dollars]

Bay of Plenty, North Island

BAY OF PLENTY North Island. Encompassing everything from good sized modern cities to smaller regional towns along with rural, beachside and lakeside areas, Bay of Plenty really does offer virtually any lifestyle option you could wish for.

Bay of Plenty This is a beautiful part of New Zealand and combines some of our best beaches and our most fertile land with one of our highest annual tallies of sunshine hours.

The Bay of Plenty is a large basin stretching inland from nearly 260 kilometres (160 miles) of coast and almost continuous white sandy beaches.

Rotorua ~

There are three main urban centres, all within about an hour’s drive of each other - Tauranga with a population of around 115,000, Rotorua (65,000) and Whakatane (33,000). The region is growing fast, particularly Tauranga which has grown by around 25% since 2001.

The Bay of Plenty is famed for its lifestyle opportunities and a climate that means outdoor activities can be enjoyed year round.

Katikati Naturist Park ~ Hot springs

It was named in 1769 by Captain James Cook who found the people were generous and there were lots of fish, timber and other supplies.

Average house price March 2016: Tauranga: $591,942, Rotorua: $318,295 [225,989 US Dollars]

Gisborne, North Island

GISBORNE The cost of land and commercial property is relatively low in this region where any home is never too far from the beach.

Gisborne, North Island The first city in the world to see the sun, this easternmost tip of the country is famous for its beautiful coastline, densely forested mountain parks, surfing and fishing, and is also a centre for wine and agriculture.

Gisborne district lies on the northeastern corner of the central North Island. The only city is Gisborne (population 35,000). Gisborne is about six or seven hours’ drive from Auckland, three hours from Napier to the south and a little longer from Tauranga and Rotorua in the west.

Although it is the site of Captain James Cook’s first landfall in New Zealand in 1769, Gisborne district wasn’t settled by Europeans until relatively late. Settlement began in the mid 1850s with the arrival of whalers and missionaries.

Maori culture is strong here - in fact, around 45% of the population identify themselves as Maori.


Gisborne District offers some of New Zealand’s best coastal scenery and beaches in uncrowded, often remote settings. The interior is rugged and mountainous bush country which is largely inaccessible except for around beautiful Lake Waikaremoana to the south west. Freedom camping up and down the coast is popular in summer, as are exploring the vineyards, fishing, surfing and generally enjoying the safe and sandy beaches.

Average house price March 2016: $236,413 [167,853 US Dollars]

Hawk's Bay, North Island

HAWK's BAY Hawke's Bay You have the enviable choice of being able to live either close to the sea, in a picturesque rural setting, in a friendly suburb or in the middle of a small city.

The North Island’s fruit-bowl, the region also has extensive vineyards thanks to consistently hot and dry summers and autumns.

Napier, built in a distinctive art deco style, adjoins Hastings, the region’s agricultural service hub.

Hawke’s Bay is a large area surrounding a bay around 100 km / 60 miles long on the south-eastern side of the North Island. About 73,000 people live in the Hastings district, and 57,000 in the ‘twin’ city of Napier about 18 km / 11 miles away.


For years, Hawke’s Bay (particularly the Hastings District) was known as ‘New Zealand’s fruit bowl’ for its stone and pip fruit production. More recently, land use has diversified, especially into viticulture.

A strong earthquake in 1931 destroyed many buildings in Hastings and particularly Napier. Rebuilt in the Art Deco and Spanish Mission architectural styles in vogue at that time, their unique character still draws enthusiasts from around the world.

Wine Country ~ Hastings

Average house price March 2016: Hastings $331,149 [235,115 US Dollars], Napier $358,732

Taranaki, North Island

TARANAKI Housing is relatively affordable in Taranaki. That, plus the time you'll save in commuting, opens up all sorts of lifestyle possibilities.

Taranaki, North IslandDominated by Mount Taranaki, an almost perfect volcanic cone, from which the region takes its name, Taranaki is noted for dairying, and its petro-chemical and engineering industries.

Taranaki lies on the North Island’s west coast. Its only city is New Plymouth, population 74,000, which is about a 5 hour drive or 40 minute flight from either Auckland or Wellington.

In Maori legend, Taranaki was a mountain god who lived alongside the North Island’s three other main mountains (Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngaruhoe) on the Central Plateau. Taranaki quarrelled with Tongariro for the heart of pretty Mount Pihanga, and after losing the ensuing battle strode off to its current location, creating the Whanganui River in its wake.

Mt. Taranaki, Mokau beach

These days the 2,518m/8,261ft peak is the central icon for the region, dominating views and delivering a wide range of visitor and lifestyle experiences.

Taranaki offers a wide variety of affordable housing options ranging from apartment living to traditional bungalows on private sections or farms and lifestyle blocks in the countryside. New Plymouth, in the north of the region, delivers an urban experience, and towns dotted around the mountain offer more laid-back rural and smaller-community living, though all options rate well in terms of affordability.

, Oakura Opau Rd.

Egmont National Park is the most prominent amenity, offering tramping, skiing and outdoor pursuits, while the Taranaki coast has rugged cliffs and beautiful sandy beaches, ideal for swimming, boating, diving, fishing and other water sports. Surfing is also popular here, with dozens of renowned surf breaks around Surf Highway 45. While the prevailing south-westerly winds can mean cool water temperatures, they also power some of the most reliable and powerful waves.

Teachers' College, earthquakes

Average house price March 2016: New Plymouth: $379,926 [269,747 US Dollars]

Whanganui - Manawatu, North Island

WHANGANUI-MANAWATU The region offers a wide variety of housing options and styles, from traditional turn-of-the century villas and historic residences to modern executive homes.

Whanganui - Manawatu, North Island Palmerston North is a key university city, noted for its agricultural faculty, in a rich farming district. To the west, Whanganui lies at the mouth of the Whanganui river.

If you’re considering a country lifestyle, Whanganui Manawatu is a particularly good choice with lots of small rural properties available. Housing prices in this part of New Zealand tend to be lower than in many other areas.

Located in the lower North Island, the region is named after its two main rivers. The Whanganui to the north and west is the country’s longest navigable river. The Manawatu in the south east creates a large fertile plain and runs through the largest city, Palmerston North (population 80,000). Palmerston North is about seven hour’s drive from Auckland and two hours from Wellington.


Palmerston North is widely known as a ‘student city’ and around 40% of its population either work at or attend the university and other educational institutions. The mix of farming industries nearby has made the city a particularly valuable hub for agriculturally-based education which in turn supports a significant number of science and research facilities in the region.


Palmerston North is also close to the National Air Force base at Ohakea and to Linton Army Camp.

Whanganui city (population 39,000) functions mainly as a service centre for its surrounding farming district.


The region’s landscape spans mountain ranges, the spectacular Manawatu Gorge, picturesque farmland, coastal plains and beaches.

Housing is relatively affordable and lifestyle living has become increasingly popular. Many people commute into Palmerston North or Whanganui for work, shopping or entertainment.

The mainstays of the local economy are education, associated agricultural research, defence plus agriculture itself, mainly dairy farming, cropping, vegetables, sheep and beef. Due to its strategic location in the lower North Island, Palmerston North is also increasingly an important hub for logistics and distribution.

Average house price March 2016: Palmerston North $306,609, Whanganui $190,576 [135,309 US Dollars]

Wellington, North Island

WELLINGTON Wellington gives a you a huge range of choices - from stylish, urban living in the city centre to spacious family homes in the suburbs and scenic coastal towns.

Wellington, North Island New Zealand’s capital city, built on dramatic hills surrounding one of the southern hemisphere’s largest deep water ports. In 2011 Lonely Planet called it the world’s “coolest little capital”.

Wellington's hilly geography means many houses enjoy spectacular views. It also means unconventional modes of access – look for the private cable cars that are becoming increasingly popular.

Wellington region takes up the southern end of the North Island. Most people here live in the four cities at the south western corner - Wellington, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and Porirua. The Wellington region consists also of the Kapiti and Wairarapa regions.

Wellington’s location at the centre of New Zealand won Wellington the role of capital in 1865. Today, Parliament and the Beehive building alongside it are national icons. Wellington is approximately 8½ hours from Auckland by road, about an hour by air. The South Island is a three hour scenic ferry ride away across Cook Strait.

Wellington City is wedged between steep hills and the sea. Rugged mountain ranges (the Rimutakas and the Tararuas) loom beyond the harbour. Lack of flat land - much of what there is has been reclaimed - has created a compact, vibrant central business district. Lower and Upper Hutt are relatively flat, being built on a fertile plain. Porirua and Kapiti have a coastal feel, and Wairarapa is set amidst the hills.

Average house price March 2016: Wellington city: $610,102, Wellington region: $491,236 [348,777 US Dollars]

Marlborough, South Island

MARLBOROUGH Marlborough offers a range of housing options, from suburban homes in the main towns of Blenheim or Picton to rural addresses.

Marlborough, South Island The region is famous for its fjord-like Marlborough Sounds and its vineyards thrive in one of our sunniest spots.

Often in sight of rolling vineyards, or coastal living - housing here is more affordable than in many parts of New Zealand.

Marlborough covers the north-eastern corner of the South Island. The main town, Blenheim (population around 24,000) is 4½ hours by road from Christchurch, 35 minutes by air from Wellington and about 1½ hours by air from Auckland.

Lakes Nat'l Park, Vineyards

Picton at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound is a busy port town, the southern terminus of the Cook Strait ferries which are an integral part of New Zealand’s main trunk road and rail routes.

Northern Marlborough is mostly hill country. Geographically the most notable features are the Marlborough Sounds, a series of hills separated by valleys drowned since the last ice age. To the south are the spectacularly rugged Kaikoura ranges while the central area around Blenheim is the Wairau plain.

Picton Township, Vineyards

The warm, settled, sunny days that contribute so much to the region’s successful wine industry create an ideal climate for outdoor activities.

Blenheim is mainly a service centre for local farms but has a good selection of designer, boutique, specialty and day-to-day shops. Picton is geared to visitor needs with many cafés offering fresh food and excellent espresso plus several fine craft galleries.

Prosthemadera nocaeseelandiae, Kiwi Birdlife Park

Aquaculture, specifically green-lipped mussel farming, is an important economic activity. Farming (mainly sheep) is also important but the region’s signature crop is grapes.

Average house price March 2016: $377,597 [268,094 US Dollars]

Nelson-Tasman, South Island

NELSON - TASMAN The region offers a wide range of accommodation options, from suburban homes in the compact but vibrant city of Nelson to small rural lifestyle blocks.

Nelson-Tasman, South Island Nelson-Tasman often tops New Zealand’s sunshine hours. It also boasts golden beaches and productive tourism, wine, horticulture and fishing industries.

Coastal properties are particularly popular but there is a growing demand for bush blocks, especially if they're on a river or stream.

Often known as ‘the top of the south’, Nelson Tasman takes up the north western corner of the South Island. The main centre, Nelson city (population 46,000) is a 5 hour drive from Christchurch. By air, Nelson is just 30 minutes from Wellington, 40 minutes from Christchurch, and about 1½ hours from Auckland.


Nelson’s coast is notable for two huge, shallow bays - Tasman Bay and Golden Bay. The interior is hilly and mountainous with attractive lakes and areas of limestone and marble which feature deep caves and sinkholes. Te Waikoropupu (Pupu) springs, said to produce the clearest fresh water in the world, is part of the southern hemisphere’s deepest known cave system.

Nelson-Tasman, Blue Lake

With its warm climate, spectacular scenery and access to various marine playgrounds, Nelson-Tasman is one of our fastest growing regions and popular as a retirement and lifestyle destination.

Nelson Tasman is known for its beautiful reserves and national parks which offer excellent walking and tramping. There are many outdoor recreation options, from kayaking in the Abel Tasman Park to walking the Heaphy Track, one of New Zealand’s nine ‘great walks’.

Nelson' Conservatory on Coast between Big River and Kahurangi Point, Edenhouse, one of a number of NZ Gardens Trust properties

Nelson city is smart and well developed. Its thriving local arts and craft scene includes some of New Zealand’s best visual artists, potters, glass blowers and wood carvers, and the city offers a full range of amenities including excellent cafes and restaurants.

Average house price March 2016: $446,860 [317,271 US Dollars]

The region’s economy has four main drivers - horticulture, fishing, forestry and tourism.

Nelson’s port is the largest deep sea fishing port in Australasia.

Horticulture includes apples, pears, kiwifruit and hops. Viticulture and winemaking is developing strongly with craft beer brewing becoming increasingly popular.

West Coast, South Island

WEST COAST The West Coast offers some of the country's most affordable housing. Options range from suburban living in small country towns to rural properties and lifestyle blocks.

West Coast, South Island The West Coast is famous for dramatic scenery, high rainfall, National Parks and characterful locals. Tourism, Mining and Agriculture are the major earners here.

The region stretches 600 km along the western side of the South Island. The largest town is Greymouth (population around 13,000), which is a ½ hour drive from Hokitika and 1½ hours’ from Westport. Driving from Greymouth to Christchurch, crossing the southern alps over the spectacular Arthur’s Pass, takes 3 hours.

The West Coast is rugged, and in many parts, heavily bush-clad or forested. A number of New Zealand’s most beautiful national parks, forests, rivers and heritage areas are located in the region.

The drama is heightened by the nearness of the Southern Alps, New Zealand’s highest mountain range with 19 peaks over 3,000m tall. Even on the coast, these giants are only about 50km away.

The alps are huge rainmakers, with annual rainfall in the region of around 2.8 metres.


Average house price March 2016: Greymouth: $239,600 [170,116 US Dollars]

Coasters, even in the towns, enjoy a low-pressure rural or semi-rural lifestyle while still enjoying access to a good range of amenities. With so much rainforest on the doorstep, tramping, hunting, kayaking, mountain biking and fishing are all popular local pastimes.


One of the attractions of the West Coast is its people. Living in relative isolation (the Coast is New Zealand’s least populated region) in such a rugged environment, “Coasters” are known for their self reliance and independent ways.

Canterbury, South Island

CANTERBURY Canterbury's largest city, Christchurch is on an exciting journey to build the world's newest city for the 21st Century and beyond.

Canterbury, South Island Canterbury's largest city, Christchurch is on an exciting journey to build the world's newest city for the 21st Century and beyond.

In 2011 the area suffered severe earthquakes that damaged hundreds of buildings in CBD and thousands of residential houses, but the rebuild is creating many new opportunities.

This unique environment has created business and employment opportunities in Christchurch that cannot be matched in other parts of the world.

After extensive public consultation, a capital works programme is underway that will see the development of dedicated retail, cultural, innovation and health precincts, as well as a major convention centre, sports stadium and metro sports facility.


Centred on Christchurch, Canterbury region is a business and agricultural powerhouse. North, mid and south Canterbury halfway down the east coast of the South Island comprise New Zealand’s largest geographic region. A population of around 342,000 makes Christchurch our second largest city.

Christchurch is a 1 hour 20 minute flight from Auckland and a ¾ hour flight from Wellington. It takes 4¾ hours driving to get to Picton for the interisland ferry.

The other main centres of the region, Ashburton (pop. 31,000) and Timaru (43,929), are 1¼ and 2¼ hours away respectively.



From the air the Canterbury plains form a vast patchwork of neatly laid out farms. These plains are crossed by several large rivers descending from the snow clad Southern Alps to the west of the region. As they cross the plains, the rivers divide into braids. The coastline features open sandy beaches, although Banks Peninsula has many smaller, sheltered bays. From the air the Canterbury plains form a vast patchwork of neatly laid out farms. These plains are crossed by several large rivers descending from the snow clad Southern Alps to the west of the region. As they cross the plains, the rivers divide into braids. The coastline features open sandy beaches, although Banks Peninsula has many smaller, sheltered bays. Average house price March 2016: Christchurch $485,700 [344,847 US Dollars]

Otago, South Island

OTAGO Otago offers a distinct South Island lifestyle and an alternative to more heavily populated northern areas.

Featuring stunning scenery, Otago offers mountains, vast plains, dramatic rivers and remote beaches. Dunedin, the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ has an internationally recognised university which hosts New Zealand’s principal medical school.

Otago University, Snow night Fairy Tales

Dunedin’s character is influenced enormously by its students. They make up 20% of the population and help support entertainment and cultural options well beyond the city’s size. For example, a succession of popular bands has created a distinctive ‘Dunedin sound’ that is recognised internationally. Dunedin also has excellent beaches for swimming and surfing and is known for its eco-tourism.

Otago, The Rocks of Lye Bow

Inland Otago features some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery. Outdoor activities are hugely popular here, particularly skiing, ice skating and curling in winter, and kayaking, sailing and windsurfing on the lakes in summer. There are many great walks, and the Otago Central Rail Trail is one of the country’s top cycle trails.

Central Otago’s stunning scenery has inspired many of New Zealand’s leading artists (Ralph Hotere and Graham Sydney) and writers (Hone Tuwhare, Janet Frame).

Dalian University of Foreign Languages, Mysterious and curious Dunedin

Average house price March 2016: Dunedin $315,185 [223,781 US Dollars], Queenstown $810,980

Education is a driving force for Dunedin’s economy. Otago University’s reputation draws students - ‘scarfies’ - from around the country and overseas. The university also includes New Zealand’s principal medical school and the only school of dentistry. Forestry and farming are important in the wider Dunedin region.

Inland, agriculture, horticulture, viticulture (central Otago produces some of the country’s best pinot noir) and tourism are among the big employers. The tourist towns of Queenstown (which has an international airport) and Wanaka are among New Zealand’s fastest growing centres.

Southland, South Island

SOUTHLAND Southland is New Zealand’s most southerly region and includes the World Heritage ranked Fiordland National Park.

The region's only city, Invercargill offers a relaxed pace of life with wide streets, little traffic, spacious parks and gardens, striking Victorian and Edwardian architecture and impressive sporting facilities including New Zealand’s first indoor velodrome.

Feldwick gates Queen's Park, Invercargill

The country’s lowest average house prices together with nationally competitive salaries offer many families a higher discretionary income than they can enjoy elsewhere in New Zealand.

Average house price March 2016: Invercargill $217,740 [154,594 US Dollars]

Invercargill in Sping, Park

World-ranked national parks draw many tourists, low house prices attract residents and low fees draw students to the local Institute of Technology.

Early European settlement was dominated by Scots and the softly rolled ‘r’s of Southland residents - possibly New Zealand’s only regional accent - are a reminder of that heritage.

Invercargill has a population around 57,000, and is seven hour’s drive from Christchurch and 1¾ hours by air from Auckland. Bluff serves as its seaport and is home to the fleet that dredges fresh oysters from Foveaux Strait from March till about August.

Winter, Maple Glen park

Southland has two distinct landscapes - expansive plains of fertile farmland crossed by trout-rich rivers, and Fiordland’s rugged, isolated coastline, inlets, lakes and mountains.

Southland is cooler and wetter than other regions of New Zealand. Invercargill temperatures range between 9-19°C in summer (occasionally getting up to 25°C) and between 6-9°C in winter.

Invercargill is New Zealand's second windiest city.

Wood Pigeon,

Its relatively high latitude means the region enjoys nearly 16 hours of daylight at the height of summer but receives only around eight hours mid winter. The latitude also means occasional views of Aurora Australis, the ‘Southern Lights’.

Invercargill looking south, Invercargill town center

Average house price March 2016: Invercargill $217,740 [154,595 in US dollars]

Price Comparisons

Northland Average house price March 2016: Whangarei: $395,670 [280,925 USdollars]
Auckland Average house price March 2016: $931,061 [661,053 US dollars]
Wiakato Average house price March 2016: $378,903 [269,021 US Dollars]
Bay of Plenty Average house price March 2016: Tauranga: $591,942, Rotorua: $318,295 [225,989 US Dollars]
Gisborne Average house price March 2016: $236,413 [167,853 US Dollars]
Hawk's Bay Average house price March 2016: Hastings $331,149 [235,115 US Dollars], Napier $358,732
Taranaki Average house price March 2016: New Plymouth: $379,926 [269,747 US Dollars]
Whanganui - Manawatu Average house price March 2016: Palmerston North $306,609, Whanganui $190,576 [135,309 US Dollars]
Wellington Average house price March 2016: Wellington city: $610,102, Wellington region: $491,236 [348,777 US Dollars]
Marlborough Average house price March 2016: $377,597 [268,094 US Dollars]
Nelson-Tasman Average house price March 2016: $446,860 [317,271 US Dollars]
West Coast Average house price March 2016: Greymouth: $239,600 [170,116 US Dollars]
Canterbury Average house price March 2016: Christchurch $485,700 [344,847 US Dollars] Otago Average house price March 2016: Dunedin $315,185 [223,781 US Dollars], Queenstown $810,980
Southland Average house price March 2016: Invercargill $217,740 [154,594 US Dollars]
So, start looking at Gisborne [167,853 US Dollars], Whanganui [135,309 US Dollars], and Southland [154,594 US Dollars]

Manawatu-Wanganui Homes for Sale

3/335 Wicksteed Street Wanganui Central

2bed, 1bath, $149,000 [105,790 US]

15 Hinemoa Street Wanganui East

3 bed, 1 bath, $155,000 [110,050 US]

6 Tui Place Gonville

plus another vacant section, and each section has its own title. There is a large shed and additional outbuildings on the level section which is located at the end of a cul-de-sac.
2 bed, 1 bath, $115,000 [81,650 US]

216 Heads Road Gonville

Recently refurbished with gas heating it would be an ideal 1st home or investment. Close to town and the local hospital
2 bed, 1 bath, $155,000 [110,050 US]

1/36 Tay Street Wanganui Central

Rare to find.We have an enclosed fenced garden in both front and rear of this lovely unit. Set in a small complex and nice area this home offers very comfortable living. Open plan lounge dining and modern kitchen, wetfloor shower, gas infinity hot water and gas heating. Separate laundry area with access to rear gardens.
2 bed, 1 bath, $129,000 [91,590 US]

Rents are a bit pricey.

Southland Homes for Sale

16 Alma Street Wyndham

Open plan kitchen/dining/lounge * Multi fuel fire in lounge * Separate shower room * Awesome indoor/outdoor flow * ½ Acre section (2023m2) * Secure fenced section
3 bed, 1 bath, $139,000 [98,690 US]

35 Main Road Tuatapere

Great Location, Four double bedrooms, three with double, inbuilt wardrobes, separate bathroom, shower, toilet, laundry and lounge with an open plan designed kitchen and dining rooms, all heated with a free standing Yunca [fireplace] located in the lounge. A newly installed double glazed Ranch sliding door opens out onto a concrete deck from the lounge. Bathroom features include a bath and a vanity unit. A spacious linen cupboard is located in the hallway and a new hot water cylinder was installed in May 2016. Solid original condition, 1970's concrete block home that lies towards the North in a great location on the Southern Scenic Route. A single concrete floor, lockable garage is semi attached to the residence with a covered walkway into the residence. Close to all town amenities including shops, medical centre
4 bed, 1 bath, $94,000 [66,740 US]

40 Wigan Street Gore

A corner section with access driveways from both streets. A large backyard if you are wanting to build that dream shed on. The new carport is handy to the back door to keep all the groceries dry. A popular HRV system throughout and an updated bathroom. Loads of cupboards in the kitchen and a sunny north facing conservatory.
3 bed, 1 bath, $129,000 [91,590 US]

40 Wigan Street Gore

19 Woodhouse Street Appleby

The street appeal alone and the double garage will win you over at first view. This is a real opportunity to capitalize on a bit of your hard work. Large north facing living, 2 double bedrooms and a third sun room. Well fenced, secure section for the kids [dog].
3 bed, 1 bath, $155,000 [110,050 US]

19 Woodhouse Street Appleby

New Caledonia New Caledonia (French: Nouvelle-Calédonie) is a special collectivity of France located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, 1,210 km (750 mi) east of Australia and 16,136 km (10,026 mi) east of Metropolitan France. The archipelago, part of the Melanesia subregion, includes the main island of Grande Terre, the Loyalty Islands, the Chesterfield Islands, the Belep archipelago, the Isle of Pines, and a few remote islets. The Chesterfield Islands are in the Coral Sea. Locals refer to Grande Terre as Le Caillou ("the pebble").

New Caledonia has a land area of 18,576 km2 (7,172 sq mi). Its population of 268,767 (Aug. 2014 census) consists of a mix of Kanak people (the original inhabitants of New Caledonia), people of European descent (Caldoches and Metropolitan French), Polynesian people (mostly Wallisians), and Southeast Asian people, as well as a few people of Pied-Noir and Maghreban descent. The capital of the territory is Nouméa.

Capital city is Numéa, the largest. Official language is French and 40 regional languages. Currency is CFP franc (XPF). The CFP franc (called the franc in everyday use) is the currency used in the French overseas collectivities (collectivités d’outre-mer, or COM) of French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna. The initials CFP originally stood for Colonies Françaises du Pacifique (“French colonies of the Pacific”). This was later changed to Communauté Financière du Pacifique (“Pacific Financial Community”) and then to the present term, Change Franc Pacifique (“Pacific Franc Exchange”).

Exchange rate is 112.32 CFP Franc to $1 US.

New Caledonia travel

New Caledonia is secret beaches

Immigration New Caledonia visa application centre address. You can post or drop your visa application and passport into this office.

27 Rue Sebastopole
Building The Central
Office number 104
New Caledonia

NC immigration NC is a French Territory so get a permanent visa here is the same as obtain a visa in France. You are from UK (Europe) so you don't need any visa to come and stay here … qh1mk9ugl5 (it's in French but if you come here you'll necessary have to speak and understand French, locals usually don't speak english) BUT you have to know some specific rules here that are very important. To work you'll must have a special autorisation. And there is a special law here to protect locals employement. So it might be very difficult for a foreigner to work here (even for the French). Start to seek for a job before moving here because it's the most difficult thing to find here for you. They gives a job to a foreigner only if there is no Locals (and after ,no French) available for the job.

Expensive to live there. Hard to get a permit to stay.

Immigration New Zealand offers a free information service for all new migrants available throughout the country. Immigration New Zealand

Videos for immigrants to NZ.

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Homes in Kawerau

My Notes from Move.docx:

Climates similar to Washington state and Oregon: Oomaru, New Zealand

Central Washington: Christchurch, New Zealand

Most Liberal

Liberal: open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values; (of education) concerned mainly with broadening a person's general knowledge and experience,

Progressive: (of a group, person, or idea) favoring or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas.

According to the Social Progress Index (SPI) 2014, the most socially progressive country is New Zealand in terms of personal rights and freedom, Internet access and school enrollment. It was followed by Switzerland, Iceland, the Netherlands and Norway.

7 Most progressive countries: #7 New Zealand

a. This kiwi loving country actually topped the list of the world's most socially progressive countries in 2014. It scored the highest on more than 50 indicators including health, personal freedoms, education, safety and tolerance. New Zealand has long been an example of equality, dating back to when it granted women the right to vote way back in 1893 - 27 years before America did. Since that, it has had high percentages of women in parliament and was the first nation to have the top three positions filled by women simultaneously.

New Zealand is ranked as one of the most affordable to live in.


4. New Zealand: 82.41

Australia's next door neighbour may not rank as highly when it comes to their economy, but New Zealand is in many ways a perfect example of tolerance, in particular with regard to ethnic differences. The nation is a rare example of the indigenous culture of a region surviving colonialism and subsequent independence.

The Maori customs and culture form a fundamental part of New Zealand's festivals, traditions and legislation, something rarely seen in other post-colonial nations. There are, however, other minority groups active in New Zealand society and today the nation also attracts migrants from Europe, Asia and in particular China.

In addition to this, the nation last year passed a bill introducing same-sex marriage, making it the first in the Asia-Pacific region to do so.


According to the GPI, the ten most peaceful countries, in order, from 2013 to 2014 were
1. Iceland,
2. Denmark,
3. Austria,
4. New Zealand,
5. Switzerland,
6. Finland,
7. Canada,
8. Japan,
9. Belgium,
10. Norway.

My Weighted Rankings:

1. Costa Rica - plus two for NO military. Nice climate, liberal, very affordable.

2. Uruguay - plus one for affordability. Secular and tolerant nation. Liberal, very affordable, non-aggressive, tolerant.

3. Denmark - plus one for most peaceful in world. Liberal, non-aggressive, tolerant, very happy place to live.

4. Canada - less one for war funding. Most liberal, happiest, non-aggressive, tolerance, pet friendly

5. New Zealand - plus one for affordability. Great climate, very affordable, non-aggressive, tolerant.

6. France - plus one for affordability. Nice climate in south, very affordable, pet friendly

email at, Professor Colby Glass, MAc, MLIS, PhDc, Prof. Emeritus