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Taranaki district including New Plymouth, Stratford, and Hawera

Population: 119,600

This area should not be overlooked as it has an abundance of opportunity and in recent years was voted “worlds best small city”.

The cone of Mt Taranaki dominates New Plymouth and the region is a surfers', climbers', and tramper’s paradise. Little known worldwide is that the film “The Last Samurai” featuring Tom Cruise was filmed in this region due to the mountain's almost identical shape to Japan’s Mt Fuji. The mountain itself is accessible by road, with trails and climbing with stunning views right down the coast. On a clear day you can see Auckland from the peak of Mt Taranaki, which is some 6 hours drive away.

New Plymouth has it all; an exceptional farming and agricultural industry, an oil and gas producing sector, manufacturing, and much more. Taranaki even has its own National Park with spectacular multi-day walking options.

The housing market may be cooling in the larger centres of Auckland and Wellington but in Taranaki it's on the rise - a trend that will continue, one expert says.

Recent findings revealed Taranaki had New Zealand's largest percentage increase in average asking price compared to this time last year.

The average asking price for a home in Taranaki was $437,871 - up 9.1 percent in the same month last year, as reported in April 2019. This almost doubled the next highest percentage increase, which was Marlborough at only 4.4 percent, and exceeded Wellington, which dropped by 4.1 percent, and Auckland which dropped by 1.9 percent.

The report also found Taranaki's number of listings was up on last year.

The region has proved attractive for property investors both in the residential and commercial property sectors. While changes to government policy with oil and gas were tipped to slow property and investment in the region, there is no sign of this currently.

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