It's been the talk of the town for a while now - how some Aucklanders, often spurred on by the Super City's super property prices, are selling up and moving to the regions.

So where are they going? And how much cheaper are the properties they're typically buying?

CoreLogic senior research analyst Nick Goodall says: "More and more Aucklanders these days are selling out of the Super City and shifting to the regions.

"In 2015 we saw more than 3600 households trade the big city life for the more relaxed lifestyle elsewhere. This was a 60 per cent increase on the year before.

"So far in 2016 we're tracking at a similar rate with 2700 Aucklanders flying the coop in the first three-quarters of the year.

"Aucklanders have always favoured relocating to the regions and major cities near the Super City. It's clear they prefer not to stray too far from what they're used to."

Consistently number one is Tauranga, often favoured by retirees, with Whangarei, Thames Coromandel, Hamilton, the Far North and the Waikato District all featuring heavily in the top destinations for Auckland escapees.

Goodall says: "They're likely to appreciate still having relatively close proximity to Auckland where many of their family and friends may remain.

"Settling somewhere with similar weather to our largest city is also likely to play a part."

He believes the fact many of the locations have historically been popular holiday destinations means Aucklanders' familiarity with them boosts their confidence to move.

Reducing the amount of money tied up in property by several hundred thousand dollars is the typical result for ex-Auckland property owners relocating and buying elsewhere according to CoreLogic year-to-date 2016 averages.


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