New data shows the Kiwi dream of home ownership may need reimagining.
The number of new dwellings in the city hit a 15-year high in November, driven by apartments, townhouses and flats.
Mieke Welvaert from Infometrics says the traditional house on a quarter-acre section is a thing of the past.
"We are starting to build up, especially in those places where space is expensive - and Auckland is highly emblematic of that."
The rise in Auckland helped lift the national total of new homes consented to a 13-year high.
Mr Welvaert expects Auckland will look a lot more like London in the not too distant future.
"There's been a definite trend, particularly in Auckland. I think with the new Government rule changes, there will be even more of a push towards denser dwelling types."
Consents for houses fell compared to November 2016.