Amazon sells tiny houses for NZ$7481, but buyers aren't convinced of the quality

Online shopping giant Amazon has gone beyond selling homewares - it's now selling actual homes.

The internet retailer is cashing in on the tiny home trend by selling flat-pack cabins. They start at just over NZ$7000 and go up to over NZ$20,000.

According to the website, the cabins are not only cheap but easy to build.

"Assembly of this solid wood cabin takes 2-3 days for two adults" reads the product description of the Lillevilla Allwood Cabin Kit.

"Only minimal tools are needed."

The cabins don't come with electricity, gas, insulation or foundations.

Worryingly, the cabin only has one out of five stars and the reviews are damning.

"You'll be better off building one of your own from materials you purchase locally," writes one buyer.

"This thin walled piece of junk has nothing but a few floor joists, a few ceiling rafters and crap for exterior wall. It will cost another $30,000-$40,000 to make it livable."

"You don't get much for $19k," writes another.

"Less than 300 square feet (about the size of a living room) A person could buy the materials and build a traditional stick-built building for half this cost."

This particular cabin is priced at NZ$28,131 but at least shipping is free.

There are dozens of similar cabins available on the site to browse through - although the majority are similarly bare.

If online shopping isn't your style, Bunnings also sells flat pack houses. Their tiny homes start at NZ$69,000 for a two-bedroom home - but the hardware store homes are also very basic.

They won't include power, water or floor coverings.

Once they are delivered, a registered contractor is needed to construct the homes so they're not as DIY as the Amazon cabins.

Amazon has been contacted for comment.