Housing scenarios (text alternative)

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Ordinarily "resident in New Zealand" means you have been here for at least 12 months and spent at least 183 days of the past 12 months here.

  • I want to buy a home to live in. I am a New Zealand citizen.

    You’re able to buy property in New Zealand
    The overseas investment rules do not apply to you.
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy a home to live in. I hold a NZ residence class visa. I am not ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You may be able to buy a home in New Zealand to live in
    To be able to buy a home to live in, you need to apply to the Overseas Investment Office for consent, commit to live in New Zealand for at least 183 days in the following year, and be a tax resident.
    Find out more and apply. 

    Alternatively, if you wait until you are ordinarily resident (have been here for 183 days or more in the past 12 months before you buy), then you will be able to buy property here without having to apply to the Overseas Investment Office for consent. 

  • I want to buy a home to live in. I hold a NZ residence class visa. I am ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You’re able to buy property in New Zealand
    As you hold a residence class visa and you live in New Zealand, you are able to buy property here without having to apply to the Overseas Investment Office for consent.
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy a home to live in. I am an Australian citizen.

    You’re able to buy residential property in New Zealand
    As an Australian citizen, you do not need to apply to the Overseas Investment Office. Australian citizens and permanent residents are issued a New Zealand resident visa on arrival at the border.

    You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason. If it is, you will need to apply for consent. 
    How to tell if the land is sensitive?
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand 

  • I want to buy a home to live in. I am a Singaporean national.

    You’re able to buy residential property in New Zealand
    As a Singaporean national you do not need to apply to the Overseas Investment Office. 

    You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason. If it is, you will need to apply for consent .
    How to tell if the land is sensitive? 
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy a home to live in. I am an Australian permanent resident. I am not ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You may be able to buy a home in New Zealand to live in
    To be able to buy a home to live in, you need to apply to the Overseas Investment Office for consent, commit to live in New Zealand for at least 183 days in the following year, and be a tax resident.
    Australian citizens and permanent residents are issued a New Zealand resident visa on arrival at the border.
    Find out more and apply.

    Alternatively, if you wait until you are ordinarily resident (have been here for 183 days or more in the past 12 months before you buy), then you do not need to apply for consent. 

    You do need to check the land is not classified as sensitive for another reason. If it is, you will need to apply for consent.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive?

  • I want to buy a home to live in. I am an Australian permanent resident. I am ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You’re able to buy residential property in New Zealand
    As an Australian permanent resident living in New Zealand, you do not need to apply to the Overseas Investment Office.  Australian citizens and permanent residents are issued a New Zealand resident visa on arrival at the border.

    You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason.  If it is, you will need to apply for consent.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive? 
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy a home to live in. I am a Singaporean permanent resident. I am not ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You may be able to buy a home in New Zealand to live in
    To be able to buy  a home to live in, you need to apply to the Overseas Investment Office for consent, commit to live in New Zealand for at least 183 days in the following year, and be a tax resident.
    Find out more and apply. 

    Alternatively, if you wait until you are ordinarily resident (have been here for 183 days or more in the past 12 months before you buy), then you do not need to apply for consent. 
    You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason. If it is, you will need to apply for consent.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive?

  • I want to buy a home to live in. I am a Singaporean permanent resident. I am ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You’re able to buy residential property in New Zealand
    As a Singaporean permanent resident living in New Zealand, you do not need to apply to the Overseas Investment Office. 

    You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason. If it is, you will need to apply for consent.​
    How to tell if the land is sensitive? 
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy a home to live in. I hold a NZ work, student, visitor or other visa, or have no visa.

    You are not able to buy a home in New Zealand to live in
    To be eligible to buy a home to live in, you need to hold a residence class visa and meet other criteria.
    Find out more about these criteria 
    Find out more about getting a resident visa

    If you are looking for a place to live while you are in New Zealand, you can rent a property.
    Find out more about renting a property

  • I want to buy residential land to build more houses on. I am a New Zealand citizen.

    You’re able to buy property in New Zealand
    The overseas investment rules do not apply to you. 

  • I want to buy residential land to build more houses on. I hold a NZ residence class visa. I am not ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You may be able to buy
    You must apply to the Overseas Investment Office for consent to buy residential land that you want to build more houses on.
    Find out more and apply.   
    Alternatively, if you wait until you are ordinarily resident (have been here for 183 days or more in the past 12 months before you buy), then you can buy property here without having to apply to the Overseas Investment Office for consent. 

  • I want to buy residential land to build more houses on. I hold a NZ residence class visa. I am ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You’re able to buy property in New Zealand
    As you hold a residence class visa and you live in New Zealand, you are able to buy property here without having to apply to the Overseas Investment Office for consent.
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy residential land to build more houses on. I am an Australian citizen.

    You’re able to buy residential property in New Zealand
    As an Australian citizen, you do not need to apply to the Overseas Investment Office. Australian citizens and permanent residents are issued a New Zealand resident visa on arrival at the border.

    You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive? 
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy residential land to build more houses on. I am a Singaporean national.

    You’re able to buy residential property in New Zealand
    As a Singaporean national you do not need to apply to the Overseas Investment Office.  You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive? 
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy residential land to build more houses on. I am an Australian permanent resident. I am not ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You may be able to buy
    You must apply to the Overseas Investment Office for consent to buy residential land that you want to build more houses on.

    Alternatively, if you wait until you are ordinarily resident (have been here for 183 days or more in the past 12 months before you buy), then you do not need to apply for consent. 
    You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive? 
    Find out more and apply.  

  • I want to buy residential land to build more houses on. I am an Australian permanent resident. I am ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You’re able to buy residential property in New Zealand
    As an Australian permanent resident living in New Zealand, you do not need to apply to the Overseas Investment Office.  You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason.
    Australian citizens and permanent residents are issued a New Zealand resident visa on arrival at the border.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive? 
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy residential land to build more houses on. I am a Singaporean permanent resident. I am not ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You may be able to buy
    You must apply to the Overseas Investment Office for consent to buy residential land that you want to build more houses on.

    Alternatively, if you wait until you are ordinarily resident (have been here for 183 days or more in the past 12 months before you buy), then you do not need to apply for consent. 
    You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive?
    Find out more and apply. 

  • I want to buy residential land to build more houses on. I am a Singaporean permanent resident. I am ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You’re able to buy residential property in New Zealand
    As a Singaporean permanent resident living in New Zealand, you do not need to apply to the Overseas Investment Office.  You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive? 
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy residential land to build more houses on. I hold a NZ work, student, visitor or other visa, or have no visa.

    You may be able to buy
    You must apply to the Overseas Investment Office for consent to buy residential land that you want to build more houses on.
    Find out more and apply. 

  • I want to buy a hotel room. I am a New Zealand citizen.

    You’re able to buy property in New Zealand
    The overseas investment rules do not apply to you. 

  • I want to buy a hotel room. I hold a NZ residence class visa. I am not ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You’re able to buy
    You are able to buy a hotel room, but you cannot use it for more than 30 days a year.
    Find out more

    Alternatively, if you wait until you are ordinarily resident (have been here for 183 days or more in the past 12 months before you buy), then you will be able to buy property in New Zealand freely without restriction.
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy a hotel room. I hold a NZ residence class visa. I am ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You’re able to buy property in New Zealand
    As you hold a residence class visa and you live in New Zealand, you are able to buy property here freely without restriction.
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy a hotel room. I am an Australian citizen.

    You’re able to buy residential property in New Zealand
    As an Australian citizen, you do not need to apply to the Overseas Investment Office.  Australian citizens and permanent residents are issued a New Zealand resident visa on arrival at the border.
    You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason.

    How to tell if the land is sensitive? 
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy a hotel room. I am a Singaporean national.

    You’re able to buy residential property in New Zealand
    As a Singaporean national you do not need to apply to the Overseas Investment Office.  You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive? 
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy a hotel room. I am an Australian permanent resident. I am ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You’re able to buy residential property in New Zealand
    As an Australian permanent resident living in New Zealand, you do not need to apply to the Overseas Investment Office. Australian citizens and permanent residents are issued a New Zealand resident visa on arrival at the border.

    You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive? 
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

     

  • I want to buy a hotel room. I am an Australian permanent resident. I am not ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You’re able to buy
    You are able to buy a hotel room, but you cannot use it for more than 30 days a year.
    Find out more

    Alternatively, if you wait until you are ordinarily resident (have been here for 183 days or more in the past 12 months before you buy), then you will be able to buy without applying to the Overseas Investment Office.
    You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive? 
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy a hotel room. I am a Singaporean permanent resident. I am not ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You’re able to buy
    You are able to buy a hotel room, but you cannot use it for more than 30 days a year.
    Find out more

    Alternatively, if you wait until you are ordinarily resident (have been here for 183 days or more in the past 12 months before you buy), then you will be able to buy residential property without applying to the Overseas Investment Office.
    You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive? 
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy a hotel room. I am a Singaporean permanent resident. I am ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You’re able to buy residential property in New Zealand
    As a Singaporean permanent resident living in New Zealand, you do not need to apply to the Overseas Investment Office.  You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive?
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy a hotel room. I hold a NZ work, student, visitor or other visa, or have no visa.

    You’re able to buy
    You are able to buy a hotel room, but you cannot use it for more than 30 days a year.

    Find out more about buying a hotel room
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy an apartment (not to live in). I am a New Zealand citizen.

    You are able to buy property in New Zealand
    The overseas investment rules do not apply to you. 

  • I want to buy an apartment (not to live in). I hold a NZ residence class visa. I am not ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You may be able to buy
    You may be able to buy an apartment, but certain rules apply.
    Find out more about buying an apartment. 

    Alternatively, if you wait until you are ordinarily resident (have been here for 183 days or more in the past 12 months before you buy), then you will be able to buy property freely without restriction.

  • I want to buy an apartment (not to live in). I hold a NZ residence class visa. I am ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You’re able to buy property in New Zealand
    As you hold a residence class visa and you live in New Zealand, you are able to buy property here freely without restriction and live in it.
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy an apartment (not to live in). I am an Australian citizen.

    You’re able to buy residential property in New Zealand
    As an Australian citizen, you do not need to apply to the Overseas Investment Office.  Australian citizens and permanent residents are issued a New Zealand resident visa on arrival at the border.

    You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive? 
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy an apartment (not to live in). I am a Singaporean national.

    You’re able to buy residential property in New Zealand
    As a Singaporean national you do not need to apply to the Overseas Investment Office.  You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive? 
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy an apartment (not to live in). I am an Australian permanent resident. I am not ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You may be able to buy
    You may be able to buy an apartment, but certain rules apply.
    Find out more.

    Alternatively, if you wait until you are ordinarily resident (have been here for 183 days or more in the past 12 months before you buy), then you will be able to buy residential property freely without applying to the the Overseas Investment Office.

    You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive?
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy an apartment (not to live in). I am an Australian permanent resident. I am ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You’re able to buy residential property in New Zealand
    As an Australian permanent resident living in New Zealand, you do not need to apply to the Overseas Investment Office. Australian citizens and permanent residents are issued a New Zealand resident visa on arrival at the border. 

    You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive? [insert link here]
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy an apartment (not to live in). I am a Singaporean permanent resident. I am not ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You may be able to buy
    You may be able to buy an apartment, but certain rules apply.
    Find out more.

    Alternatively, if you wait until you are ordinarily resident (have been here for 183 days or more in the past 12 months before you buy), then you will be able to buy residential property freely without applying to the the Overseas Investment Office.

    You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive?
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy an apartment (not to live in). I am a Singaporean permanent resident. I am ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You’re able to buy residential property in New Zealand
    As a Singaporean permanent resident living in New Zealand, you do not need to apply to the Overseas Investment Office. 

    You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive? 
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy an apartment (not to live in). I hold a NZ work, student, visitor or other visa, or have no visa.

    You may be able to buy
    You may be able to buy an apartment, but certain rules apply.
    Find out more about buying an apartment.

  • I want to buy a holiday home. I am a New Zealand citizen.

    You’re able to buy property in New Zealand
    The overseas investment rules do not apply to you. 

  • I want to buy a holiday home. I hold a NZ residence class visa. I am ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You’re able to buy property in New Zealand
    As you hold a residence class visa and you live in New Zealand, you are able to buy property here freely without applying to the Overseas Investment Office.
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy a holiday home. I hold a NZ residence class visa. I am not ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You’re not able to buy
    You cannot a buy holiday home.

    Alternatively, if you wait until you are ordinarily resident (have been here for 183 days or more in the past 12 months before you buy), then you can buy property here freely without applying to the Overseas Investment Office.

  • I want to buy a holiday home. I am an Australian citizen.

    You’re able to buy residential property in New Zealand
    As an Australian citizen, you do not need to apply to the Overseas Investment Office. Australian citizens and permanent residents are issued a New Zealand resident visa on arrival at the border. 

    You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive? 
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy a holiday home. I am a Singaporean national.

    You’re able to buy residential property in New Zealand
    As a Singaporean national you do not need to apply to the Overseas Investment Office.  You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive? 
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy a holiday home. I am an Australian permanent resident. I am not ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You’re not able to buy
    You cannot buy a holiday home.

    Alternatively, if you wait until you are ordinarily resident (have been here for 183 days or more in the past 12 months before you buy), you will be able  to buy residential property freely without applying to the Overseas Investment Office. 
    You would need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive?

  • I want to buy a holiday home. I am an Australian permanent resident. I am ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You’re able to buy residential property in New Zealand
    As an Australian permanent resident living in New Zealand, you do not need to apply to the Overseas Investment Office. Australian citizens and permanent residents are issued a New Zealand resident visa on arrival at the border.

    You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive? 
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy a holiday home. I am a Singaporean permanent resident. I am not ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You’re not able to buy
    You cannot buy a holiday home.

    Alternatively, if you wait until you are ordinarily resident (have been here for 183 days or more in the past 12 months before you buy), you will be able  to buy residential property freely without applying to the Overseas Investment Office. 
    You would need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive?

  • I want to buy a holiday home. I am a Singaporean permanent resident. I am ordinarily resident in New Zealand.

    You’re able to buy residential property in New Zealand
    As a Singaporean permanent resident living in New Zealand, you do not need to apply to the Overseas Investment Office.  You do need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive? 
    Find out more about buying property in New Zealand

  • I want to buy a holiday home. I hold a NZ work, student, visitor or other visa, or have no visa.

    You’re not able to buy
    You cannot buy a holiday home.

    Alternatively, if you wait until you hold a resident visa and are ordinarily resident (have been here for 183 days or more in the past 12 months before you buy), you will be able to buy residential property freely without applying to the Overseas Investment Office. 
    You would need to check the land isn't classified as sensitive for another reason.
    How to tell if the land is sensitive?

  • I want to buy something else (such as commercial or rental property). I am a New Zealand citizen.

    You’re able to buy property in New Zealand
    The overseas investment rules do not apply to you. 

  • I want to buy something else (such as commercial or rental property). I hold a NZ residence class visa.

    You may be able to buy property

    Find out more about buying rental or investment properties. 

    For other types of property such as commercial property, the rules are complex.

    Find out more.

  • I want to buy something else (such as commercial or rental property). I am an Australian citizen.

    You may be able to buy property

    Find out more about buying rental or investment properties. 

    For other types of property such as commercial property, the rules are complex.

    Find out more.

  • I want to buy something else (such as commercial or rental property). I am a Singaporean national.

    You may be able to buy property

    Find out more about buying rental or investment properties. 

    For other types of property such as commercial property, the rules are complex.

    Find out more.

  • I want to buy something else (such as commercial or rental property). I am an Australian permanent resident.

    You may be able to buy property

    Find out more about buying rental or investment properties. 

    For other types of property such as commercial property, the rules are complex.

    Find out more.

  • I want to buy something else (such as commercial or rental property). I am a Singaporean permanent resident.

    You may be able to buy property

    Find out more about buying rental or investment properties. 

    For other types of property such as commercial property, the rules are complex.

    Find out more.

  • I want to buy something else (such as commercial or rental property). I hold a NZ work, student, visitor or other visa, or have no visa.

    You may be able to buy commercial property
    These rules are complex.

    Find out more.

    You can only buy certain rental or investment property in New Zealand.

    Find out more

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