Top five places to retire in New Zealand

Pukehina beach
Pukehina beach

Insite magazine editor Jude Barback joined Paul Henry to talk about the best places in New Zealand to retire.

Jude’s top five:


- This is a beautiful stretch of beach in the Bay of Plenty with beach-front properties. - Close to Te Puke and Rotorua - which opens up all sorts of golfing, cycling, walking opportunities.

Diamond Harbour

- Sunnyside of the Peninsula. - Only 30mins from Christchurch - a short ferry ride to Lyttleton. - Small tight-knit community.

Great Barrier Island

- Pristine, beautiful beaches - great swimming. - Live with that 'on holiday' feeling all the time. - Biking, paddle boarding, fishing, golfing, bushwalks. - Would appeal to the arty retiree. - Real sense of community.


- Not everyone needs to retire at a beach. Greytown has been described by some as "country village heaven". - Pretty, colonial, historic feel to it. - Small town New Zealand vibe - but in a upmarket sense. - Foodie haven and you're a stone's throw from great wineries. - Native bush walks in the Tararuas, the Rimutaka Cycle Trail.


- The entire Coromandel peninsula is a paradise, but this little Bay is one out of the bag. - It's just five minutes from Whangamata, which has everything you need. - Tennis and petanque, yoga, walks to nearby beaches that you can only get to on foot. - Like all Coromandel beaches you have to be prepared for Aucklanders, but it’s still worth it.