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PHOTO: Skyrocketing costs have pushed some to rethink their way of living – and the organisers of the Tiny House show say interest has never been so high. Credits: Image – Tiny House Expo

The organisers of the Tiny House show were surprised by attendance, and say interest has never been so high.

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They may be tiny but their attraction has drawn large crowds. Tiny homes are showing off what they have to offer.

“We are currently tiny home living and just wanted to see get some ideas, inspiration, anything with solar,” one visitor to the show says.

While others are in the market to buy.

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“They’re affordable if you already have a piece of land to put them on and the problem in Auckland it’s not just the cost of house prices but the cost of land,” another says.

Skyrocketing costs have pushed some to rethink their way of living.

Tiny House Builders Limited says they’re booked out a year and a half in advance.

“We aren’t keeping up with the capacity because there is such a need. Definitely, a dramatic increase after the first lockdown, people were thinking about it and saying ‘yes go – why have we been waiting’,” Tiny House Builders Limited founding director Rebecca McLean says.

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One ‘tiny pod’ will set you back around $80,000 for two bedrooms, while another 14 by 4 tiny home is priced over $150,000.

“We get first-home buyers, mum and dad downsizing, expats coming back from COVID, Airbnb,” Compac Homes Simon Fleming says.

All people that contributed to over a crowd of 10,000 who walked through the Tiny House expo on Saturday – that’s the number they expected for the whole two-day event.

The red traffic light setting has meant there is no gathering limits outside today but for the expo inside there’s a 200-person limit with officials here counting people as they go in.

While it’s been able to go ahead, COVID-19 has hampered the expo.

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