The restructuring of the energy industry is imperative, as New Zealand strives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. New Zealand has abundant renewable energy resources, and about 85% of current electricity generation is from renewable energy sources. However, in recent years, it appears that a considerable fraction of wind energy has been underutilized. This article reviews the history, current status, and future trends of wind energy development in New Zealand. The main challenges to the current development of wind energy are summarized compared to other countries. The main challenges come from the bi-cultural influence, environmental influence, and economic and social influence due to the variable nature of wind power, it is critical to store and operate power safely and reliably during peak power generation periods. This article compares seven mainstream wind energy storage technologies and analyzes the best solution for wind energy storage in New Zealand. This article analyzes the feasibility of using small-scale household (standard power rating range from 0.004 to 16 kW) wind turbines in New Zealand cities regarding their construction and operation process. The life cycle and the maximum capacity coefficient of such small-scale wind turbines are overviewed via three case studies and later compared with large commercial wind turbines (standard power rating ranges from 1 to 3 MW) in power generation capacity. It has been found that small-scale household wind turbines have notable power generation potential and economic benefits in the long term.