The American Invasion of New Zealand.

Here at New Zealand Vacations we promote and sell tours of New Zealand - mainly self drive, and we usually stay away from politics and controversy. But we've decided that this video clip from the NBC Megyan Kelly program 'Sunday Night' should be seen - it's not political or controversial. It reports about a new phenomena being experienced in New Zealand - people from the US moving there to live.

This is how New Zealand's largest daily newspaper 'The New Zealand Herald' described the NBC report.

"Is New Zealand the United States of 50 years ago?

A group of young Americans living and working in New Zealand seem to think so.

Megyn Kelly's show interviewed US migrants to find out why they love living and working in New Zealand in a piece that aired on NBC last weekend.

Presenter Keith Morrison took in the scenery of Queenstown with travel blogger Liz Carlson, and met a group of her American friends, one of whom said:

"New Zealand is like the way America used to be 50 years ago... The American dream doesn't really exist anymore, it's now the Kiwi dream, but Americans come here to live it."

A former finance worker in the US came to New Zealand and now works as a barista.

"Yeah, I'm not making as much money as I was in the US, but I'm much happier finding a good work/life balance. Any sort of business idea that you want to bring to the table could come to fruition."


High profile US-expat Jack Matthews, now a New Zealand citizen, told the program people aren't "fleeing" the US for New Zealand.

"I think the whole that people are fleeing America for New Zealand is overblown to be honest. I don't think people are being repelled by America as much as they're being attracted by New Zealand."

Matthews said New Zealand has an "understated" culture, and Kiwis don't like people who "show up and don't fit in".

Hollywood star and Kiwi winemaker Sam Neill said New Zealand was isolated.

"The problem with being isolated is being insular, so new people coming in with new ideas I think is always a good thing."

When asked about the idea of millionaire Americans moving to New Zealand to snap up boltholes in Otago, Neill said:

"These people need to think about solving their own problems, problems from where they come from, rather than coming here to escape from them, and they have the power and money to solve them."

This is the full and entertaining NBC report that includes some wonderful New Zealand scenery.

You can also read our Sam Neill blog here. Or a story about Avatar movie director, American James Cameron who divides his time between living in the US and New Zealand, here

Lindsay Barron

Lindsay Barron • Jan 23, 2018