New Zealand Consulate-General Hong Kong

Buying Property in New Zealand

It is possible for a foreign national to buy a house in New Zealand. It is important to note, however, that the purchase of property does not give the purchaser any right to live permanently in New Zealand.

In general, overseas investment involving less that NZ$10 million requires no official clearance unless it is in a sensitive area – this generally means land next to a coastal area, lakes and islands, and rural land.
Overseas buyers wanting to buy sites of special heritage or environmental value are subject to a screening and compliance regime under changes announced in 2004.

In March 2009, the Government announced a Review of the Overseas Investment Act and associated Regulations. Click for for the documentation related to the Terms of Reference.

Further advice on overseas investment in New Zealand can be obtained from:

Overseas Investment Commission (Land Information New Zealand)
160 Lambton Quay, PO Box 2498
Tel: +(64 4) 462 4490
Fax: +(64 4) 460 0111


Land Information New Zealand
160 Lambton Quay, PO Box 5501
Tel: +(64 4) 460 0110
Fax: +(64 4) 472 2244



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