Houses for sale in Taranaki - our top picks for the month

Posted by Danny Bates on October 13, 2021

Houses are not only selling for record prices at the moment but they are also sitting on the market for fewer days than the 10-year average. The property market is very much a seller’s market, and as we head into Spring, this is where house sales typically reach their most intensive period of the year. But even though more houses may be entering the market in the next few months this doesn’t mean it’s a bad time to list. There are a lot of buyers looking for their dream home and yours could be the perfect property!

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Topics: Buying a house

Houses for sale in Ōakura

Posted by Danny Bates on August 16, 2021

The iconic seaside village, Ōakura is located a short 15-minute drive from New Plymouth along surf highway 45 and is known amongst the locals as a quiet surfer’s community. With a population of 1,600 residents, this desirable coastal township boasts a relaxed and chilled living environment with a mix of stress-free baches and million-dollar-plus beach houses.

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Topics: Regional insights

Houses for sale in Hāwera

Posted by Danny Bates on July 16, 2021

Located in South Taranaki, Hāwera is the second largest township in Taranaki. Featuring the stunning snow-capped mountain as a backdrop, Hāwera is just one hour from New Plymouth, approximately one hour from Whanganui and a mere 30 min drive from Mt Taranaki.

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Opunake | Surf Highway 45 at your Doorstep

Posted by Danny Bates on June 17, 2021

Opunake is a town that lies within the territory of South Taranaki, located 64km South/West of New Plymouth. Enjoy the 1-hour drive between Taranaki’s main city (New Plymouth) and Opunake by soaking up the breathtaking scenic views along Surf Highway 45. This popular surf/beach town is sure to draw you in with its range of local treasures, including its stunning cliff top walkway, boutique cinema and its range of delicious cafes that include great coffee, and of course the famous local surf beach.

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Topics: Regional insights

Living in Waitara | McDonald Real Estate

Posted by Danny Bates on May 19, 2021



Located just off State Highway 3, 15 kilometres northeast of New Plymouth, Waitara was most recently put on the map after TV Three’s docu-series Taranaki Hard, which shone a light on the small Taranaki town.

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Topics: Regional insights

Houses for sale in Eltham - A rural dream

Posted by Danny Bates on April 13, 2021

Eltham is a small inland town located in South Taranaki, 50km from New Plymouth and just 20km north of Hawera. Known as a town of industrial firsts, it was initially put on the map when it was made home to New Zealand’s first commercial butter factory. The Jubilee Dairy Factory, also known as the ‘Milky Way’, made and exported New Zealand’s first classic pound of butter in 1887. Today Eltham is more commonly known not only for its strong dairy farming industry but also for its award-winning innovative industry. With dairy farming holding a strong presence, cheese manufacturing, engineering and meatworks are all part of what makes this township a place that brings a range of jobs and opportunities.

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New Plymouth and its suburbs explained

Posted by Danny Bates on March 18, 2021

Known to locals as New Zealand’s hidden gem, New Plymouth is located on the West Coast of the North Island far from other major cities. It is on the way to nowhere, to get there you have to take a detour to find it, which those living under the shadow of Mount Taranaki don’t mind. In 2008, New Plymouth was rated the best city of its size in the world and commended both for its Coastal Cycleway and sustainability by the International Awards for Liveable Communities. This was followed by Taranaki being announced as the 2nd Best Region in the World to Visit in 2017 by Lonely Planet.

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Houses for sale in Inglewood | A Town Snapshot

Posted by Danny Bates on February 17, 2021

Only a short 10-minute drive from New Plymouth, Inglewood is nestled between Stratford and New Plymouth meaning you can head to Stratford and climb Mount Taranaki to play in the snow, then head to one of New Plymouth’s many popular beaches for a surf, all on the same day!

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Topics: Regional insights

Houses for sale in Stratford - Live in the heart of Taranaki

Posted by Danny Bates on January 19, 2021

Stratford is known as the heart of the Taranaki region due to its central location. Situated between Hawera and New Plymouth, Stratford is a relaxing 30-minute drive to either town with no long traffic jams delaying the journey. It is also the gateway to some of the most popular attractions in the North Island, including Mount Taranaki and the Egmont National Park and The Forgotten Highway.

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Topics: Regional insights

Why should you choose McDonald Real Estate to sell your home?

Posted by Danny Bates on December 9, 2020

Anyone can sell a house, there are many people selling homes privately online every week. Private sales make up approximately 10% of residential sales in New Zealand. Making sure you get top dollar, on the other hand, requires not only extensive market knowledge but careful research and exceptional negotiation skills, which an inexperienced person can not give.

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Topics: Selling a house

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