“We lived in our house [in Albany] for 18 years,” says former Aucklander Suzie Jones. “I knew the neighbours on all boundaries… But I have met more people in Roxburgh in two years than I did in Auckland for 20 years.” The town of about 600 people sits on the banks of the Clutha River in Teviot Valley, Central Otago, in the South Island, . Of the 27 towns or suburbs that defied the downward trend with price increases between June and September this year, Roxburgh had the biggest rise, Stuff reports, with a 10.5% jump to $505,800 from $457,850 in the previous quarter.