Find a house

If you need to find a place to live, we may be able to help. You may be able to apply for public (social) housing or get some ideas on where to look for private housing.

Important information

If you have nowhere to stay right now, we may be able to help you find somewhere until you can get something longer-term.

Public housing

If you can't afford a private rental, you may be able to live in a public house where the Government pays part of the rent. These are houses that are rented out by Kāinga Ora (used to be Housing New Zealand) and other Community Housing Providers.

You need to meet certain criteria to qualify for public housing. If you apply, you may have to wait for a while until a suitable property becomes available.

Private housing

There are lots of websites where you can look for private housing. It depends if you want to find your own place or flat with others.

It’s a good idea to check the market rent in the suburbs where you want to live. Then you can see roughly how much you'll need to pay. Market rent is how much most people are paying for rental properties in each area.