Tauranga house prices have jumped 1.9 per cent year on year but dropped 0.9 per cent in the last three months, according to new data.

The latest Quotable Value House Price Index showed the average house value in Tauranga was $700,305.

The Western Bay of Plenty market rose 2.1 per cent year on year but dropped by 1.9 per cent in the past three months. The average value in the Western Bay district was now $625,371.

QV Tauranga property consultant Steven Dunn said the market was typically quiet at this time of year.

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"With the Kiwifruit sector winding down during the winter months, we are also seeing sales volumes drop in Katikati," he said.

"In saying this, we do continue to see premium properties – those above one million – continue to sell well coupled with a good number of first home buyers purchasing entry-level property."

Dunn said Tauranga's surrounding suburbs such as Ōmokoroa were seeing an increase in demand as people sought more affordable housing outside of the city.

"As a result, we are seeing the area change from an area predominantly favoured by retirees to one also appealing to families," he said.