According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ), as of July 2018, New Zealand’s median property price is NZ$560,000. Auckland remains the priciest spot in the country, with a median price of $850,000. However, outside of the city, there are real bargains located in some of New Zealand’s most scenic destinations. To let you in on where those bargains are, today we’re running through five places to find the cheapest homes in New Zealand.

1 – Whanganui, North Island

Some of the cheapest homes in New Zealand can be found in Whanganui.

Some of the cheapest homes in New Zealand can be found in Whanganui.

If you’ve spent any time googling where to find the cheapest homes in New Zealand, the North Island city of Whanganui would have been top of that search. This lovely spot is one of the most affordable places in the country. It also boasts a rich heritage, thriving economy and access to some of New Zealand’s most incredible natural wonders. Whanganui is also known for offering a relaxed lifestyle, which is often a rarity in growing cities.

Typical prices
The REINZ report states that the average property price in Manawatu/ Whanganui region is $300,000. Three-bedroom houses with decent gardens in central locations start at $269,000.

2 – Greymouth, West Coast, South Island

Not only does Greymouth have some of the cheapest homes in New Zealand, but it also has some stunning natural scenery, like Lake Brunner.

Not only does Greymouth have some of the cheapest homes in New Zealand, but it also has some stunning natural scenery, like Lake Brunner.

Greymouth is a small and welcoming town close to some of the South Island’s most beautiful spots. Spend days lounging on the shore of Lake Brunner, or attempting to catch your dinner.  Visit Paparoa National Park, or you hike or bike the West Coast Wilderness Trail. Furthermore, Greymouth’s location in the Southern Alps allows for views of Mount Cook on clear days.

Spend days lounging on the shore of Lake Brunner, or attempting to catch your dinner.  Visit Paparoa National Park, or you hike or bike the West Coast Wilderness Trail.

Typical prices
With a median price of $210,000, New Zealand’s West Coast region is where you’ll find some of the cheapest homes in New Zealand. In Greymouth, a six-bed family home on a large plot will set you back $449,000.

Whanganui, North Island

Greymouth, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand

Gisborne, North Island, New Zealand

Invercargill, South Island, New Zealand

Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand

3 – Gisborne, North Island

Gisborne claims to be the first city in the world to greet the sun every morning – and it also has some of the cheapest homes in New Zealand.

Gisborne claims to be the first city in the world to greet the sun every morning – and it also has some of the cheapest homes in New Zealand.

If you enjoy getting a good start on the day, there’s no better spot in New Zealand than Gisborne – the first city in the world to greet the sun each morning! Also, this area is best-known for wineries, surf beaches, great food and rich indigenous culture. Kaiti Beach is the site of Captain Cook’s first landing in New Zealand all the way back in 1769. Chardonnay lovers, hold onto your hats – Gisborne is also the unofficial ‘Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand’!

Typical prices
The median price in Gisborne is $330,000. Four-bed properties with ocean views start from $369,000.

Start off on the right foot and get yourself the best deal with our guide, How to Negotiate Abroad.

4 – Invercargill, South Island

The Aurora Australis is a must-see in Invercargill.

The Aurora Australis is a must-see in Invercargill. Kwang Chun Gan / shutterstock.com

Invercargill is the closest city to New Zealand’s southernmost tip. As well as being affordable, the city’s nickname is the ‘City of Water and Light’ – due to its long summer days and frequent appearances of the Aurora Australis (The Southern Lights to you and I). Additionally, this is a laid-back spot is located on the idyllic Waihopai River estuary. You’ll be able to enjoy lively bars, cafés and restaurants and exploring the areas parks and nature reserves.

Typical prices
Southland has some of the cheapest homes in New Zealand. The median price is currently $249,000. You can buy a four-bedroom, two-bathroom house, in the centre of Invercargill, for $429,000.

The city’s nickname is the ‘City of Water and Light’ – due to its long summer days and frequent appearances of the Aurora Australis (The Southern Lights to you and I).

5 – Taranaki, North Island

New Plymouth has some of the cheapest homes in New Zealand, as well as plenty of bustling city life.

New Plymouth has some of the cheapest homes in New Zealand, as well as plenty of bustling city life.

Taranaki in the North Island is a coastal, mountainous, tropical paradise. You will enjoy views of Mount Taranaki, a volcano nestled in the rainforests of Egmont National Park, which dominates the skyline. In addition, this region is home to excellent ski resorts and beaches, where you can find some of the best surf in the country. Head to New Plymouth to enjoy the nightlife or to explore the areas lakes, coastal walks and manicured gardens.

Typical prices
The median property price in the Taranaki area is $345,000. You can find a four-bedroom colonial-style villa for $369,000.

It’s important to consider your finances when moving to New Zealand, but you equally shouldn’t need to bust the bank. Property in the country can be much more affordable than you might expect. If you’re looking to buy in New Zealand soon, make sure to keep up-to-date with New Zealand Property Guides for the latest information. And don’t forget to get your copy of the comprehensive guide below, simply by filling in the form.

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