House Sale and Rental Prices

Why is this important?

House sale and rental prices over time help to give a picture of what is happening in the housing market in terms of supply and demand, and household affordability.

Key points

  • In the quarter to September 2018, the median sale price for the Greater Christchurch urban area was $446,000. For the council areas, Christchurch was $428,000, Selwyn $554, 250and Waimakariri $460,000.
  • Median dwelling sale prices in the Greater Christchurch urban area have increased by over 19% in the past decade, from $372,614 in September 2009 to $446,000 in September 2018.
  • Selwyn had the highest median weekly rental prices in September 2018 at $413. Waimakariri ($367) was very similar to Christchurch ($369). Across Greater Christchurch the median for the quarter was $370.

Note this is an interactive chart and you can click on the legend items to change what is shown on the graph.


The post-quake rebuild and strong greenfield has resulted in a strong supply of houses, which in turn has softened house prices across Greater Christchurch. An increased supply of housing and relatively steady demand has also led to easing rents across Greater Christchurch.

Data notes

Dwelling Sale Prices (inflation adjusted):

This indicator shows the median prices of residential dwellings sold in each quarter. This median price series is not adjusted for size and quality of dwellings.

Prices are presented in inflation adjusted terms with a base period of the most current period. Note that when we remove the effects of inflation prices are higher in the past compared with unadjusted prices when viewed from today's prices.

This MBIE Data is sourced from CoreLogic.

Dwelling rents (inflation adjusted):

This indicator reflects real mean rents as reported in new rental bonds lodged with MBIE. The mean used is a geometric mean. The reason for using this mean is that rents cluster around round numbers and tend to plateau for months at a time (spiking up by say $10 or $20 at a time). This makes analysis of time series difficult and using the geometric mean is a way of removing this clustering effect.

Prices are presented in inflation adjusted terms with a base period of the most current period. The data is for private bonds only and so excludes social housing.

Data is sourced from MBIE.

Data information and downloads


Data Source

Urban development capacity dashboard, MBIE

Data Access

Dashboard is available online(external link), as are the data tables(external link) for download

Date Updated

To September 2018 (data is updated quarterly with monthly figures)

Data Download

Download the tables here [XLS, 27 KB]

Page Updated

May 2019

Data breakdowns

Geographic Area

Greater Christchurch urban area

 Data breakdowns

Territorial Authority level - Christchurch City Council, Waimakariri District Council, Selwyn District Council



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