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Seriously Sizzling Property Market In 2020

More people searched for property in 2020 than in any other year since 2016

  • National asking prices up 10.7% on 2019

 Covid-19 did little to dampen the New Zealand property market last year. New annual data from shows that as prices soared, so too did demand with 23.0% more users searching for property nationally when compared to 2019.

Increasing by 227.8%, the number of people searching for property in 2020 also more than tripled when compared to 2016.

Vanessa Taylor, spokesperson for, says that despite all the challenges that came with 2020, our love affair with property didn’t diminish:

“Up 10.7% to $775,976, properties in New Zealand, on average, cost $75,056 more in 2020 than they did in 2019. Coupled with the record demand, this tells us that people didn’t shy away from buying and selling last year.”

Vanessa says that all property listed on in 2020 totalled an asking price sum of $94 billion*, up 5.4% on $90 billion in 2019.

Demand from users searching for property at rose in every region in 2020, with the most significant increases seen in the South Island. Searches were up 46.1% in Nelson & Bays, 38.9% in West Coast and 37.6% in Marlborough.

However, the increase in demand wasn’t matched by the number of properties that came onto the market, says Vanessa.

Nationally, 109,128 properties were listed for sale in 2020 – a 2.6% decrease on the 112,007 properties that hit the market in 2019.

Marlborough property seekers were most squeezed for choice last year, with 16.2% fewer homes coming on to the market in the region compared to 2019. In Northland, new listings were down 15.9% on 2019 and in Nelson & Bays they dropped 14.0%.

“What we’ve seen quite clearly throughout 2020 is demand for property outweighing supply, which could have contributed to price increases,” says Vanessa.

Only Auckland bucked the trend, with a 10.5% increase in listings in 2020, while Central Otago/Lakes recorded a marginal increase of 0.3%.

“In Auckland we’ve started to see a change, with the large number of new homes being built exceeding demand caused by population growth. But supply is still tight because of the shortfall in previous years.”

Average asking prices were up year-on-year in every New Zealand region in 2020, as well as nationally.

The largest price increase during 2020 was in Gisborne, where average asking prices were up 21.8% on 2019 to $526,948. This was followed by Wairarapa and Manawatu/Whanganui, both up 16.8% to $591,600 and $494,468 respectively. Southland prices increased 14.4% to $406,872 and Otago was up 13.7% to $526,609.

RegionYearAverage Asking Price
(80% Truncated Mean)
Number of new listingsIncrease in users searching this region from 2019 to 2020
 % change7.2%10.5%31.4%
 % change9.0%-6.8%20.1%
Bay of Plenty2019$695,9737,728 
 % change9.5%-10.4%21.0%
 % change9.1%-11.3%25.2%
 % change4.7%-9.3%32.2%
Central Otago / Lakes District2019$1,031,5562,337 
 % change5.5%0.3%30.4%
 % change13.7%-7.5%11.1%
Manawatu / Wanganui2019$423,2745,177 
 % change16.8%-8.3%14.5%
 % change16.8%-12.0%12.8%
Hawkes Bay2019$563,8833,523 
 % change12.2%-11.7%12.8%
 % change9.2%-12.5%21.1%
 % change8.6%-15.9%29.8%
 % change14.4%-1.3%9.5%
Nelson & Bays2019$689,2272,392 
 % change6.6%-14.0%46.1%
 % change21.8%-12.3%15.1%
 % change11.9%-4.9%21.4%
 % change10.2%-16.2%37.6%
Central North Island2019$516,0801,555 
 % change10.6%-6.6%20.0%
West Coast2019$288,507768 
 % change10.6%-3.4%38.9%
 % change10.7%-2.6%23.0%

*Where a display price is not supplied the search price has been used.


Established before Google, in 1996, is New Zealand’s longest-standing property site. With residential, lifestyle, rural and commercial property listings available, is the place where serious buyers look for property. Dedicated to property, has no private sales and has search functionality that’s second to none to get you to your perfect property faster.

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As the only provider of real estate data in real-time, offers valuable property market information not available from other sources.

  • Average asking price is not a valuation. It is an indication of current market sentiment. Statistically, asking prices tend to correlate closely with the sales prices when those properties are sold. As it looks at different data, average asking prices may differ from recorded sales data released at the same time.
  • New listings are a record of all the new listings on for the relevant time period. As reflects 97% of all properties listed through registered estate agents in New Zealand, this gives a representative view of the New Zealand property market.
  • Increase in users searching this region from 2019 to 2020 is the percentage change to the number of users searching in a particular region for property. This does not reference the geographical location of the users but the region they are searching.
  • Truncated mean is the method uses to provide statistically relevant asking prices. The top and bottom 10% of listings in each area are removed before the average is calculated, to prevent exceptional listings from providing false impressions.

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