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Gisborne offers highest returns for rental property investment in New Zealand*

Posted on: February 10th, 2016 | Filed in Featured, Property Investing, Property Pulse - Regional Market Report

(* excludes Coromandel – skewed by short-term holiday rentals)

Table: ROI for rental properties by region – January 2016


Gisborne, followed by Otago and Manawatu/Wanganui were the best performing regions for residential rental property investment in January, according to an analysis of data by, New Zealand’s largest website dedicated to property. The analysis looked at every region in the country to identify which offered the highest returns for would-be landlord investors.

Gisborne returned an impressive average of 5.78% on residential rental property investment in January, based on an average asking price of $258,515. Otago returned 5.54%, and Manawatu/Wanganui returned 5.12%. The national average for rental property returns for the month was 4.10%.

Brendon Skipper, CEO, says “The results will surprise some people. There are clearly some very attractive rental property investment opportunities in some parts of New Zealand that don’t ordinarily attract intense national media interest when it comes to property – based on our calculation of average asking price vs weekly rental price, excluding all external costs.”

“While data shows the best performing region for rental property is Coromandel, we believe its unusually high average return of 9.88% is skewed by short-term holiday rental properties. Of greater interest for potential investors are the significant rental opportunities that exist in quite diverse parts of the country, in particular Gisborne, Otago, and Manawatu/Wanganui,” says Skipper.

The rental property ROI data was calculated by comparing the average asking price of properties for sale by region across New Zealand in January 2016 with the average annualised rent in each location. The data assumes 100% rental occupancy, and does not account for inflation, mortgage interest payments, property management or maintenance upkeep fees.


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