James Cameron's New Zealand land holdings are growing.
The director and deep-sea explorer recently purchased four properties totaling more than 80 acres on the country's north island. The new acquisitions appear to be serving as "buffer" acquisitions to the 2,470 acres the 57-year-old scooped up in January.
"I fell in love with New Zealand on a visit in 1994, and vowed to live here someday," Cameron said in an earlier statement. "Now that dream is becoming a reality."
The "Avatar" director's growing empire is located about 50 miles northeast of the city of Wellington. The two largest properties, for which he reportedly paid more than $20 million, were originally run as dairy farms, a practice he intends to continue. Media reports say the director and his family plan to reside on the acreage indefinitely, with plans for a new eco-home to be built on site.
''I grew up working on my grandfather's farm in Canada and my wife Suzy's family own a farm in Oklahoma," he added. ''We want to raise our kids with the values we had when we were growing up, close to the land and with a strong work ethic. We hope we will be accepted as good neighbors and good members of the community in South Wairarapa."
In addition to residing on some of the most gorgeous land in the world, Cameron and his family also now own the massive 124-acre Lake Pounui, declared by the lister Bayleys as one of “the finest privately owned natural lakes in the country.”
One neighbor told the media that the hillside property featured “uninterrupted views over Lake Pounui and out to the sea beyond, and backed on to forest park land. ‘It’s about as private as you can get',” the source commented
But while some are more than happy to have Cameron as a neighbor, others thing the move will make things harder for locals eager for their own piece of paradise.
"I think a lot of people are buzzing out about it, having the likes of him next door, but it's just putting the land out of reach of the locals, who I'm sure would love to be able to buy that sort of land," one Wairarapa resident told Stuff.co.nz.
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