The housing market has got a new burst of life ahead of winter with prices and sales pushing higher.
Real Estate Institute New Zealand data showed seasonally adjusted median prices gained 5.1 percent nationally in March on the previous month and were 3.4 percent higher compared to a year earlier.
The national median house price gained 4 percent on a year ago to $495,000, and in Auckland it had pushed to a record $820,000.
REINZ chief executive Colleen Milne said talk of the Auckland market cooling had proved unfounded and its strength now was being felt in many parts of the country.
She said the housing market had shrugged off the impact of tighter lending and tax rules, and expected it to remain strong for the rest of the year.
The national number of sales in March was up more than 5 percent on February and on the same month a year ago.