Average house size by area

Date: 12 April 2011

The average size of a house in New Zealand, based on floor area, is 149 m2. This varies between districts, cities and towns, and varies even more between suburbs. At a district or city level the largest houses in the country tend to be in the main centres, in fringe areas with more space, or in areas with a high proportion of new houses.

At the top of the list is Selwyn District with an average house size of just over 180 m2. Selwyn District stretches from just west of Christchurch City right across to Arthur’s Pass, but the bulk of the houses in the district are in Rolleston with one third of all houses in the district, while Prebbleton, Lincoln and Leeston together account for nearly another third. These areas have quite a high proportion of new housing developments, and the larger size of these houses will be pulling up the average size.

 

Queenstown Lakes District is next on the list, while much of the rest of the top 10 is filled with Auckland, Wellington and Hamilton. Completing the top 10 are Kapiti Coast District where larger houses in Paraparaumu Beach and Waikanae pull up the average, and Waimakariri District pulled up by the larger houses in Rangiora and Kaiapoi.

At the other end of the scale, the districts with the smallest houses are all in rural areas. The Chatham Islands has the smallest average house size at 110 m2, with the rest of the top 10 gradually increasing to 120 m2.

At suburb level, the influence of larger modern homes is more evident. Five of the top ten suburbs are in the Auckland area. The suburb with the largest average house size of 306 m2 is Shamrock Park in southeast Auckland just beyond Botany Downs. The suburb is dominated by larger houses built in the last twenty years.

All the other suburbs in the list are dominated by large modern houses built in the last couple of decades, often in new subdivisions. The exception is Lowry Bay, a long established affluent suburb north of Eastbourne in the Eastern Bays of Wellington Harbour.

Arthur’s Pass National Park has the smallest average house size of only 74 m2. The majority of the other suburbs in the bottom 10 are in areas with small holiday houses or baches.

Clearly the age of houses has a strong bearing on their size, suggesting that newer houses are larger than older ones. We’ll investigate that in a future article.

 

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