Best Places to Live in New Zealand

Where is the best place to live in New Zealand? 

New Zealand is one of my favorite countries in the world. In trying to determine WHERE the best places to live and survive The Collapse would be, I had to ‘tweak’ things a bit. Why? 

The most important thing to think about in regards to New Zealand is its main negative: the government is rather pro-new world order. Coupled with its first world status, and the ease at which it will implement the track & trace ID system (what Christians call the Mark of the Beast), more than any other country in our top 7 safe havens, we need to be very careful. 

A rural area (not in a city) is a MUST. And the more hidden or obscure the place is, the better. There also has to be placed more importance on self-sufficiency, due to the fact most Kiwis will pledge allegiance to the NWO and its globalist system and agenda. 

Being ‘ratted out’ by neighbors can certainly be a major problem. 

With that said, let’s look at a few places that I think are the best places to live in New Zealand. Keep in mind that New Zealand is NOT cheap. It IS the most expensive place to live of any of the Top 7 Safe Havens. Does this mean that you have to be a millionaire to expatriate to New Zealand? Oh please, not even close! HOWEVER, few expats find New Zealand cheaper than where they came from. Your goal is to be intelligent in your choice of WHERE you expatriate to INSIDE of New Zealand. And you CAN find areas that have reasonably priced land. 

Of course you probably know that New Zealand consists of two islands. The further north you go, the warmer it is (because it is closer to the Equator.) But do not be fooled into thinking that New Zealand is a South Pacific paradise like Fiji, Bora Bora, Tahiti, or French Polynesia when it comes to warm sunny islands, because it is NOT. All of New Zealand has a relatively COOL climate. It is after all, the second most southern land mass in the world (only the southern tips of Chile and Argentina are further south), outside of “uninhabited” Antarctica. 

If you need to be ‘warm’, forget it. If you want the warmest climate that New Zealand has to offer, you would have to live in the north part of the North Island.  And there is a problem with that. Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, is in the north part of the North Island. 

I believe that living in a mild four-season climate is ideal, for many reasons. The second best climate temperature wise is a mild year-round climate. Having no need for heat or air conditioning is a BIG plus, for many reasons (cost, self-sufficiency, comfort). You may think that the northern part of the North Island can afford a somewhat mild year-round climate. You would be wrong in thinking that. Auckland, the economic ‘capital’, positioned to the far north of the North Island, has highs in the 50’s and lows in the 40’s throughout most if its winter (June, July, and August.) 

NOTE: Even in the middle of New Zealand’s summer (December, January, and February), the highs are in the upper 60’s to 70’s and the lows are in the upper 50’s and 60’s.) This is NOT what most people would consider a warm or even a temperate climate. 

Therefore, everywhere in New Zealand will have a need for heating. 

As stated, the problem with living in the northern part of the North Island is being near the biggest city, Auckland. Living near a big city violates all the rules of survivability. Therefore, we really need to look elsewhere. 

Just to help you out, I have decided to start the list of where you would NOT want to live in New Zealand. Most of these places are obvious (big cities, earthquake prone areas, etc.) 


Auckland – economic capital – largest city.

Wellington – political capital city, cold, windy, and a big city.

Christ Church – second largest city, earthquake prone.

Rotorua – earthquakes, geysers, volcanic activity 

So here we go on our journey around New Zealand. 

If I HAD to live on the North Island, I would simply choose NOT to live in New Zealand. Sorry, but that is my take on it. And it pains me to say it, as much of the North Island is beautiful. On top of that, I LOVE warm weather, sunshine, and tropical breezes. All the things you will NOT find on the South Island. 

Also worth noting, the South Island has less than one third the population of the North Island, yet is 30% larger than the North Island. 

Now, the South Island has couple of really nice areas. 


In my opinion, the best place to live in New Zealand is in the far north of the South Island. Especially just outside of Nelson (check out the lovely Motueka Valley – and the higher up the better).  Or possibly the Blenheim/Marlborough area (see below.) Though in my opinion, it does not compare to the Nelson area. The area around Nelson is simply the best place to survive The Collapse in New Zealand. 


* The Nelson area is the “sunniest” region of New Zealand. (Think solar, growing food, warmth, happiness…) 

* Very low population. 

* The lifestyle is sophisticated (meaning culture is available – from nice restaurants to outdoor activities – abound). Fly fishing. Sailing. Hiking. Mountain biking. Trekking. Kayaking… 

*Mountains! (Think security, privacy, protection…and views!) 

*3 National Parks! (Kahurangi was the backdrop for scenes in the Lord of the Rings trilogy!) 

*The ocean! And bay. And water sports. 

*The vineyards. 

*The simple, easy, yet sophisticated way of life. 

For a visual tour of the Nelson area, watch this short video: 

And for surviving The Collapse, there is property available that would allow you and a group of people to grow food and be self –sufficient (the sunny days helps with solar). Remember, nowhere in New Zealand is ‘cheap’, and this desirable area is certainly not ‘cheap’. But you can find land that is ideal for survival, and if you look long and hard enough, you can find reasonably priced survival type property. 

BIG PLUS: The entire northern ‘tip’ of the South Island has VERY LITTLE population, which is a big deal when it comes to surviving The Collapse.  

Because Nelson is also a tourist area, there are opportunities for expats to start businesses. This, of course, is true for any of our Top 7 Safe Havens. Should there be a few years before The Collapse sends everyone ‘hunkering down’, the opportunity to meet people, develop relationships, live a relatively ‘normal’ life, and make some money along the way is the IDEAL situation. 

Now the Blenheim area of Marlborough is known for its vineyards and tourism that is related to the wine business. So, if you are spending time checking out the Nelson area, it may behoove you to also look into this area as well, as it is just east of Nelson. The property values CAN be lower, if you are not looking at purchasing a vineyard. 

I am not as fond of this area as I am of the Nelson area. Fewer mountains, more wide-open spaces. Blenheim is slightly warmer than Nelson, by 2-3 degrees, and drier: Blenheim averages 28 inches of rain annually, and Nelson averages 38 inches. 

I highly recommend that you do all the due diligence that you possibly can BEFORE you make the trip (which is a very LONG trip) to New Zealand. This would include researching the areas on the Internet, viewing pictures of the area, and reading blogs by expats of those who settled in the area. Purchasing books and reading up on the area is also recommended. 

THE WEST COAST of the SOUTH ISLAND (along Highway 6)  

Of course I do not believe in living along the coast, for all the reasons I have laid out on this website. But the West Coast of the South Island is one of the most beautiful places in the world. This IS the consensus of the people living on this planet, not just me. 


Drop dead gorgeous views of the snow-capped peaks and a coastline that is really wild, yet mesmerizingly beautiful. 

Weather-wise, the west coast has LOTS of precipitation. Upward of 100 inches of rain per year. It is slightly cooler than Nelson, by 3-4 degrees on average. And it has been known to freeze on a rare occasion. Of course the higher up in elevation and the further south you go, the cooler the climate. 

So where could you live along the west coast of the South Island, and know that it is safe? 

Practically anywhere along Highway 6, AS LONG AS IT IS INLAND FROM THE COAST. You would simply have to drive the highway and find your perfect ‘neck-of-the-woods’. I like the northwest coast area of Westport all the way south to Franz Joseph. There are many B&B’s for sale as well as other income producing homes that include some sort of business. 

Be aware though, that the main business properties for sale in New Zealand are dairy farms. Bazillions of dairy farms! 

FYI: When looking at properties in New Zealand, even though Kiwis speak “English”, there are certain real estate terms that you ought to know about. “Lifestyle properties” are usually expensive, gated, luxury homes on landscaped acreage. “Lifestyle block” or “lifestyle section” properties for sale are usually larger acreage plots of land that you would or could subdivide, something most likely you WOULD be interested in if you are going to start or have a covenant community. Both terms are used FREQUENTLY (in fact, real estate agents love to call ALL of THEIR properties “lifestyle” this or that), so it is good to know the terms and what they mean.

NOTE: You would NOT want a real estate agent that has spent hours preparing properties to show you that are lifestyle properties (expensive homes for the well-to-do) when in all reality you wanted to be shown lifestyle block properties (places where you can grow some or most of your own food). Use the term ‘rural’ or EXPLAIN what you are interested in – in detail. 

Also, land is sold in hectares. 1 hectare is almost 2 ½ acres. Therefore, if a property is 10 hectares it is just shy of 25 acres. 


The “other” area that I slightly recommend is around Queenstown, on Lake Wakatipu. I have spent quite a bit of time here, and loved it. It is drier. Colder. And less sunny than Nelson. Think Colorado Rockies – more like Steamboat Springs or Jackson Hole, WY than Aspen, Vail, or Telluride. 

They have serious winters – it IS a ski resort. The prices are not cheap, but you would want to be outside of Queenstown, where the property values are better. Maybe Wanaka, on a lake by the same name, just 10-15 miles north of Queenstown, or Cromwell, about 25 miles east of Queenstown. 

Cromwell, is known as the “Fruit bowl of the south”, due to its farming, horticulture, and viticulture. History would remember it as a gold rush town (real wild-west sort of thing). It is a bit too dry (read: not green, little water) for my liking, but could be doable for the right people. And the ‘real’ mountains are a bit further away as well. (I like to be in the mountains – for privacy, security, and survivability.) 

FYI: Another “claim to fame” statistic for Cromwell is the fact that the farthest you can be from the ocean anywhere in New Zealand is in Cromwell, 75 miles either west, south, or east.