Investment tools and resources

There are lots of people and resources out there that can help with your research into your residential property investment purchase and management. From the Department of Building & Housing – which has help for landlords and resources around market rent – to numerous websites, magazines and books. You’ll find the help you need with tenancy agreements, bond forms, credit checks and much more. Fantastic tools like calculators and checklists, to help you with your planning. So get started!


Property Investor Report

Our Exclusive Westpac Property Investor Report (based on weekly rent evaluated for the 12 months to 30 September 2014 and capital gains from September 2011 to September 2014),  includes yield and capital gain returns information for most suburbs in seven centres across New Zealand: including Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Property Investment Calculator

Use this calculator to work out the potential return for an investment property, and to calculate your cash flow or what your weekly out-of-pocket cost would be if you purchased a particular rental property.

Questions to ask a Property Manager

A quick guide on the key questions to ask when interviewing your potential Property Managers.

Tools and checklists Other resources

Other websites and forums that can help.

Good Returns

news centre from financial advisors, it also supplies updates on interest rates.


List your rental property; get help with finding tenants or with property management.

Property Talk

forum for New Zealand investors in property, along with news and articles.

Quotable Value (QV)

New Zealand’s largest valuation and property information company. Learn about valuations, get news or pay a fee to view their property reports.

Search for properties in the New Zealand market, read real estate blogs and insights.

Trade Me

A popular site to browse for New Zealand properties on the market, place an ad for tenants and more.

People who can help

Department of Building and Housing

The Department of Building and Housing (now part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment) is a fantastic resource for landlords, with plenty of tools and resources, education, advice and more. They also handle referrals to the Tenancy Tribunal.

Real estate agents

Real estate agents can be a good source of information when you start looking at properties. They generally know the areas well and may be able to give you some idea of likely rental income and the amount of rented homes in the area, as well as general market information.

Your local Property Investor Association

There are 20 Property Investor Associations located around New Zealand. They provide property investors and landlords with support, education and networking opportunities. They run regular events for members to attend in their local area.

Reading materials

Intelligent Investor

A website specialising in books about investment, which you can buy online.

Property Investment magazines

Such as NZ Property Investor, NZ Property Magazine, and The Property Business.


There are so many books about property investment to read. Here are a few suggestions:

  • How to Get the House You Want from The Consumers' Institute
  • Property Investment in New Zealand: A Strategy for Wealth by Martin Hawes
  • Stop: Do Not Invest in Residential Property by Duncan Balmer
  • The Rascal’s Guide to Real Estate by Olly Newland