Home values across Rotorua have shot up in the last year. But despite strong value growth, local real estate experts say it is still a first-home buyer market. Property reporter Zoe Hunter analyses OneRoof/Valocity's latest property report and puts the spotlight on the city's best-performing suburbs. Residents in one of the city's fastest-growing suburb in terms of value growth share what they love about the place they call home.

House sales in the Rotorua suburb of Westbrook totalled more than $40 million last year, new data has revealed.

Westbrook's median home values grew 19 per cent in the year to