Fewer farms are being sold but their prices are higher than a year ago, while lifestyle block sales have slumped.
The latest rural property report from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand shows 403 farms were sold throughout the country over the three months to the end of May, down 11% compared to the same period of last year.
However the REINZ All Farm price Index, which adjusts for changes in the mix of sales by farm types, size and location, was up a whopping 31% over the same period.
There were 73 dairy farms sales in the three months to May, down 15% on a year ago, while the Dairy Farm Price Index, which adjusts for differences in the mix of dairy farms sales by size and location, was up 8% over the same period.
Grazing farm sales were down 14% on a year ago, while their median selling price per hectare was $13,630, up 24%.
Horticultural properties had the biggest decline in sales numbers, dropping to 29 in the three months to May from 49 a year earlier (-41%), while their median price per hectare increased 59% over the same period.
Finishing farm sales went against the trend, with sales rising to 133 properties in the three months to May, up 13% compared to the same period of last year, while their median price per hectare was down 4%.
Lifestyle block sales have declined sharply compared to a year ago, with 1743 sales in the three months to May, down 32%.
Over the 12 months to the end of May 8174 lifestyle properties were sold, down 25% on the previous 12 months.
REINZ rural spokesman Brian Peacocke said the high level of lifestyle block sales achieved a year ago was clearly a peak, which had been assisted by the buoyant housing market and low interest rates which prevailed at the time.