Buying guide

Find tiny homes for sale in NZ

Live big in a small home

Last updated: 2 May 2024

Looking for tiny homes in NZ? The best way to find a finished home is to search Trade Me -  but if you’re after a tiny home builder we’ve put together a short list to help you find a good one. 

Find NZ tiny homes for sale on Trade Me

Find tiny homes for sale in NZ here. At the time of writing there are 1,170 results ranging from mini cabins with kitchenettes, to fully renovated  and liveable homes. These start at under $5,000 for portable kitset cabins and go all the way up to $260,000+ for a custom, luxury tiny home. 

A few tips for finding the right tiny home

  1. If you’re only looking for tiny homes, not cabins, offices or sleepouts, click on ‘sort’ above the search results and select ‘highest price’. All the finished tiny homes will be sorted to the top of your search results. 

  1. It can be expensive to transport a tiny home, so it’s a good idea to search for tiny homes in your area using the location filter underneath the search bar. 

  1. It’s  also a good idea to get insurance before you buy a tiny home. If yours is on wheels you may need to insure it as a caravan - speak to an insurance broker to make sure you’ve got the right cover. 

Read more tips around buying, financing or finding a tiny home builder

North Island and Auckland tiny home builders

We’ve rounded up some of the most prominent and well-reviewed tiny house builders in Auckland and the North Island and included their Google review score out of five.

Shaye’s Tiny Homes 4.8 / 24 reviews

Shaye’s Tiny Homes are a tiny house builder in Auckland that are one of the country’s best known and best reviewed. The company has staff of 10+ and can handle the entire process from design to build.

Building a tiny home is usually much cheaper than building a normal property.

Elite Tiny Homes 5.0 / 8 reviews

Elite Tiny Homes is a small Waimauku based business that builds affordable, eco-conscious, relocatable tiny homes. They can include features like solar panels, rainwater tanks, composting toilets and more. 

Tiny House Builders 4.9 / 12 reviews

Tiny House Builders are a tiny house builder based in Katikati (near Tauranga) that handles the entire design and build process. They’ve built dozens of homes since they started in 2017. 

Cocoon Tiny Homes 5.0 / 29 reviews

Cocoon is another tiny house builder in Katikati which sells tiny houses on wheels. They were the 2023 winners of the Most Creative Design at the Tiny House Awards and offer a huge range of designs, from single room pods to large double story tiny houses with 2+ bedrooms. 

Fox Cabins 4.9 / 13 reviews

Fox Cabins are a Raglan-based tiny home builder that crafts bespoke cabins and tiny homes from 10-60m.2 All their builds are  premium and can be customised to offer full off-grid capability. 

The Little Big Tiny House Company 4.9 / 7 reviews

The Little Big Tiny House Company only does bespoke tiny house design and builds. They’re based in Rotorua NZ. 

Podlife 4.6 / 23 reviews

Podlife is a Whakatane-based tiny home builder and family business that offers a range of tiny house designs. Its selection includes everything from two bedroom homes, to offices.

There are plenty of great tiny house builders in the North Island of New Zealand.

South Island and Christchurch tiny home builders

We’ve rounded up some of the most prominent and well-reviewed tiny house builders in the South Island and Christchurch and included their Google review score out of five. 

Cottage Co 4.9 / 14 reviews

Cottage Co builds transportable, prefabricated cabins in a range of designs, ranging from 35- 65m2. This Christchurch-based small family business has specialised in transportable cottages for three generations now. 

Titan Homes 5.0 / 12 reviews

Titan Homes are Dunedin’s #1 transportable home builder, offering a huge range of architecturally designed plans and the ability to build custom-made NZ tiny homes. They design homes that range in size from 29-144m.2

Wanaka Tiny 5.0 / 3 reviews

Wanaka Tiny is the licensed builder for Shayes Tiny Houses. You can either pick one of Shaye’s designs, or Wanaka Tiny can help you design and build a customised tiny home to be shipped anywhere in the South Island. 

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this article is general in nature. While facts have been checked, the article does not constitute advice. The article is only intended to provide general information about the tiny homes in New Zealand. Nothing in this article constitutes a recommendation that any person should purchase any specific property or use a specific builder. We cannot assess anything about your personal circumstances, your finances, or your goals and objectives, all of which are unique to you. Before making decisions about buying or build a tiny house, we highly recommend you seek professional advice.


Ben Tutty
Ben Tutty

Ben Tutty is a regular contributor for Trade Me and he's also contributed to Stuff and the Informed Investor. He's got 10+ years experience as both a journalist and website copywriter, specialising in real estate, finance and tourism. Ben lives in Wānaka with his partner and his best mate (Finnegan the whippet).