New Zealanders look to Te Anau's The Delta development as Queenstown prices soar

New Zealanders look to Te Anau's The Delta development as Queenstown prices soar
New Zealanders look to Te Anau's The Delta development as Queenstown prices soar

With median house prices in Queenstown reaching record heights, home buyers and investors are turning to the New Zealand lakeside tourist hotspot Te Anau.

Two hours south of Queenstown, Te Anau has seen demand for section sales increase in 2016 amid the Southern Lakes housing shortage.

Buyers from all over New Zealand have taken to The Delta, a 240 lot lakeside development in the town that acts as the gateway to the popular Milford Sound.

New Zealanders look to Te Anau's The Delta development as Queenstown prices soar

Delta developer Adam Fairmaid said that they have seen a lot of interest from buyers keen to live or invest in Te Anau.

"Buyers understand that The Delta offers quality entry-level stock, so they’re able to build their own home or holiday retreat within a spacious subdivision that’s located on the edge of a pristine World Heritage Area,” he said.

“With the huge growth in tourism numbers in Te Anau – and the tourism industry’s expected growth – it’s very pleasing to see the market showing strong growth and demand.

"As Queenstown and Wanaka become increasingly busier and development intensifies, New Zealanders are recognising that Te Anau is an idyllic location without the hustle and bustle and high prices increasingly characteristic of the Southern Lakes area.”

New Zealanders look to Te Anau's The Delta development as Queenstown prices soar

Image: The Delta developers Adam Fairmaid (left) and Warren Bates (right). Source: Supplied

Land parcels ranging from 600 square metres to 1600 square metres have been selling quickly, prompting an increase in price for the minimum sized lot.

Prices originally started at $56,000, however the remaining sections are now priced between $90,000 and $275,000.

“Six sites sold in total during 2015 and we have sold 39 so far this year, with only five of the 50 sites available left in stage two," Fairmaid said.

“Ten sites sold last month, ranging from our entry-level pricing of $62,000 through to $160,000."

"In October alone, more sections were sold than for all of 2015.”

Stage three, comprising 20 prime lakefront lots, will be released to the market in early 2017.

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