PHOTO: SUPPLIED – An apartment in the Fireman’s Apartments, on Petone’s Jackson St, is New Zealand’s most popular rental – with 85 inquiries. The modern complex is built atop the old Fireman’s Arms pub, and rental listing agency Oxygen says it’s never hard to fill.

An apartment in Lower Hutt has become New Zealand’s most-popular rental, as the local tenancy market soars.

The apartment on Jackson St in Petone was Trade Me’s most-popular rental in April after it received 85 inquiries in just two days – three more than a property in Chamberlain St, Auckland,  in the same month.

Trade Me figures show the increase in rental prices in Lower Hutt was much higher than the national average, out-stripping Wellington, Auckland, and Christchurch.