PHOTO: ANDY JACKSON/STUFF – Clare Harding and her husband Dave had been there five years and now they plan to retire in Raglan.

If you’re the sort of can-do Kiwi who’s always up for a challenge, then what about swapping your city home for an entire town – and safeguarding a classic piece of New Zealand history.

With today’s eye-watering property prices, $1.5 million doesn’t buy you much within city limits, but in the Taranaki whitebait paradise of Mōkau, that price – or thereabouts – will buy you the lion’s share of the town’s businesses.

Under the hammer is The Whitebait Inn for $950,000, owned by Clare and Dave Harding, the Mōkau Butchery and house which has been owned by Graham and Gloria Putt for the past 29 years and is for sale for a negotiable $450,000.