The sunniest region in New Zealand

Taranaki has recorded the most sunshine hours for 2021, although we’re certainly not shocked. New Plymouth has been consistently in the top three for the past few years, giving other regions a run for their money and making Taranaki a year-round, like-no-other, holiday destination, and sought-after place to live and work. 

From apartment living and family bungalows through to farms and lifestyle blocks – the choice is yours in Taranaki.

And what’s more, the price tag on your new home won’t make your eyes water.

Median House Price

Price increases in Taranaki remain strong with the median house price reaching a new record high of $665,000 in February 2022 — a 27.9% increase year-on-year. The New Plymouth District also reached a record high of $730,000. Taranaki saw a 9.5% increase in new listings in February and a steady rise in inventory levels. The sales count declined by 41.3% year-on-year as buyers became increasingly concerned about rises in interest rates and stricter lending criteria. February saw fewer people attend open homes and auctions due to financial and market uncertainty, and the preferred method of sale was by private treaty.

Jen Baird, REINZ CEO

Source: REINZ Monthly Property Reports

Taranaki Region

$665K +5.6% on Jan 2022

New Plymouth

$730K +8% on Jan 2022


$550K +13.4% on Jan 2022

South Taranaki

$465K -9.7% on Jan 2022

In Taranaki a 10 minute commute to work is reality, even in New Plymouth.

Hāwera, Stratford, Inglewood, Waitara, Ōakura, Ōpunake, Urenui, and many of the other towns throughout Taranaki provide an inviting alternative to city living. In these smaller communities you will find affordable homes on spacious sections and lifestyle blocks with sea and/or mountain views. 

Taranaki has a modern, extensive healthcare network - you can be assured you and your family will be well taken care of. Taranaki has a regional hospital in New Plymouth. The hospital has new patient wards and is undergoing a major rebuild. There is a smaller hospital for emergencies in Hāwera, and general practitioners, dentists, and dental clinics located throughout the region. In larger centres, there is access to weekend and after-hours healthcare.

Families moving to the region will need to contact general practitioners in their area and enroll. There are also general practitioners and surgical specialists throughout the region. There are pharmacies in all towns, and a large number of excellent dentists, physiotherapists, dieticians, midwives, and psychologists available. 

The Taranaki Hospice, Te Rangimarie, offers on-site palliative care in New Plymouth and at-home throughout the region.

Building Networks

To meet new people and build new support networks many newcomers like to join groups such as the Taranaki Young ProfessionalsTaranaki Timebank or any number of other clubs and groups.

A great way to find out what’s available to do in your community is to contact your local library or district council: New Plymouth District CouncilStratford District Council and South Taranaki District Council

Free community newspapers are delivered to letterboxes throughout the region; they will have lists of upcoming events. Alternatively, the Taranaki Daily News is available in print and online. In New Plymouth, Live Magazine and Mood Magazine are free lifestyle magazines with stories and information about the community. 

Sport Taranaki list information about sports events and clubs in Taranaki.

Read how others have made Taranaki home

From Wellington to Warea

Find out why Masina and James traded Wellington for Warea.

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A Career without the Commute

Alicia and Lane trade long city commutes for rural living.

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In at the Deep End

It was all or nothing with the Stevenson family's move! 

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A Fine Balance

It's easy to get the balance right in Taranaki for the Shearman family. 

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Working Here

Find your next career opportunity in Taranaki has to offer. We have a diverse range of thriving sectors along with a connected business community making Taranaki a great place to work, grow a business, and meet people in your industry.

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Taranaki Lifestyle Toolkit

The Taranaki Lifestyle Toolkit has been developed to help you discover what living and working in Taranaki is like, and what an amazing career and lifestyle you can achieve here. Download a copy, or view online.

Taranaki Lifestyle Toolkit