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Hidden gems that’ll make you want to trade the city for serenity

There’s no greater feeling of escapism than ditching the hustle of the city for the slower pace of a forest or the countryside, and that zen-like feeling you get isn't a coincidence either. Several studies around the world have confirmed the science to back it up, revealing that exposure to nature is associated with lower levels of stress and reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Locally, a 2018 study by the Mental Health Foundation found that 95% of Kiwis said that spending time in nature during the week made them feel good, and 75% said they intended to spend more regular time in nature.

Bayleys head of insights and data Chris Farhi agrees with the findings, and says the covid pandemic further reinforced the demand for natural environments.

“Many people saw the value in getting out into nature after being stuck inside their homes during the lockdowns, and being able to access those kinds of environments from your back door makes it even easier to get some much needed relief.”

Farhi says remote working trends have also made it easier for people to live how and where they want, as long as the right infrastructure is available.

“Whether a buyer who works from home is a good fit for a remote property will depend on the availability of high speed internet, and transport connectivity. In some locations this will be possible, others less so.”

While you may think a luxurious home nestled among nature will come with a hefty price tag, Farhi says the pricing for some of these properties can be surprisingly affordable - especially if you make use of short stay services like Air BnB.

So if that isn’t enough to convince you to trade the city for serenity, perhaps the majestic mountains, lush greenery or pristine rivers surrounding these off-the-beaten track listings will.


Positioned in the heart of Hanmer Springs, Amuri Estate is a captivating property offering unparalleled luxury and functionality. Boasting a stunning lodge, purpose-built event venue, and charming cottages, this estate is an oasis of sophistication amidst the scenic beauty of the Hanmer Springs basin.

128 Medway Road is being sold with an asking price of $4,500,000

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A remarkable opportunity for those who appreciate outdoor living and the charm of the countryside, this hillside log chalet spanning three storeys, presents a range of options for prospective owners.

Boasting three bedrooms, an additional office/fourth bedroom, private decking, two ensuites and a family bathroom with a spa bath, it epitomises luxury living alongside breathtaking views of the ever-changing landscape.

20 Lulus Lane is being sold by negotiation

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Nestled in a picturesque location just a short 10-minute drive from Dunedin's vibrant CBD, this property combines the tranquillity of country living with the convenience of urban amenities.

Situated on a generous 7153 sqm of gently sloping land, this five-bedroom, two-bathroom home has a mix of landscaped gardens, established trees, and open lawn areas. The neighbouring native bush enhances the sense of escapism, and its zoning offers prospects for future development.

70 Tanner Road is accepting offers/enquiries of over $2,150,000

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This breathtaking four-bedroom retreat set against the picturesque backdrop of the Tuki Tuki River and majestic Te Mata Peak promises a unique blend of scale, sophistication, and timeless elegance.

An exceptional property that epitomises luxury living, you can watch the sunset over the peak, take a leisurely stroll along the riverside path, or try your hand at fly fishing.

1308C Tuki Tuki Road is being marketed for sale by tender with a deadline of 4pm March 26 2024 - unless sold prior.

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Discover the epitome of tranquillity and space in this private haven offering endless views over the rolling countryside to Tasman Bay. A remarkable four-bedroom property sitting on thirteen hectares of land, this residence is a sanctuary of peace with no close neighbours, yet still conveniently located just a ten-minute drive from Richmond.

326 Golden Hills Road is accepting offers/enquiries over $1,990,000

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