LOOKING for your own fantasy island hideaway? Try New Zealand - but be quick, as the word is out that the South Pacific nation has the perfect locations for the home, retreat or resort of your dreams. From the semi-tropical rain forests of the far north to the windswept black sand beaches of the South Island's isolated west coast, New Zealand has attractions to tempt all manner of tastes. And if you think buying into paradise is above your means think again, it can be affordable. Below is an area by area list of regions in New Zealand famed for beauty, peace and outdoor attractions. The far north. Hokianga and the Bay of Islands are about three to four hours' drive north of Auckland. A farmhouse and land nestled on the edge of the forest can be purchased from HK$200,000 up, and guarantees a solitude rarely found elsewhere. An hour from Hokianga, on the east coast, is the Bay of Islands which is a tourist haven and mecca for underwater divers and sailors. Houses range from million-dollar mansions to quaint colonial bungalows with sensational sea views. However, if you want a water sports paradise with the facilities of a developed tourist resort and can afford to spend up to $5 million for the best quality homes, then the Bay of Islands may be the right location. Coromandel Peninsula. About three hours' drive from Auckland is the Coromandel Peninsula, home to some of New Zealand's best beaches. As one of New Zealand's premier holiday spots, property prices in Coromandel are not cheap. The east coast and Hawke's Bay. Located north of Wellington and southeast of Auckland, New Zealand's east coast is home to the country's largest Maori population. There are temperate rain forests and beautiful surf beaches. Huge colonial homesteads to isolated cottages are available along the east coast. Napier, the largest of the east coast's three major cities, was rebuilt after a 1920s earthquake and is well-known for its art deco style. Napier is an ideal place for those wanting the benefits of country living coupled with the advantages of a modern city. Some beautiful homes are located around the vineyards and, although rarely offered for sale, they represent some of the country's premier rural estates. The Marlborough Sounds is on the northern tip of the South Island. Fondly known as the ''Sounds'', the area is a paradise of isolated inlets and valleys. Only a couple of hours by boat from Wellington, the Sounds boast top quality fishing and kilometres of picture-perfect beaches. The typical home in the Sounds nestles at the foot of the forest, on the edge of a private jetty looking over an inlet teeming with fish. Price ranges with size, access and quality, but those with up to $2 million would be able to buy or build a beautiful home constructed of the finest materials. Further south is the rugged west coast which is the least populous of New Zealand's provinces. Dotted with run-down, but charming towns, prices on the west coast range from reasonable to ridiculously cheap. Whole towns have been auctioned at bargain prices in the past and, buyers with time and money, could find or build homes in fantastic locations for little money. Good buys on the west coast are the countless country taverns which, although usually built of top quality timber, have seen better days. However, with care and time, these colonial hotels could be restored to their former glory and would make wonderful homes. Investors from Asia who buy property on the west coast will not see the speculative ups and downs of a volatile property market and will not be making huge profits on their investment. However, they will have property in one of the world's last great frontiers and, for those with a sense of adventure who enjoy solitude, it could be the perfect location.