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James Cameron visits new home in NZ

Published: 5:26AM Monday April 30, 2012 Source: Fairfax

Movie mogul James Cameron is in New Zealand to visit his new property in Wairarapa.

In February it was revealed the director of blockbuster movies such as Titanic and Avatar had bought more than 1000 hectares of land in south Wairarapa for about $20 million.

Cameron told The Dominion Post that he arrived in Wellington on Friday and would stay for a few days. It is understood he dined last night with a party of four others at luxury lodge Wharekauhau Country Estate, down the road from his property.

He is expected to return to New Zealand later this year to start work on two sequels to Avatar, the biggest-grossing movie on record.

Avatar was made with Wellington's Weta Digital, which provided the visual effects for the film and won an Oscar for its work.

Overseas Investment Office documents show Cameron intends to raise his family in New Zealand. "James F Cameron and his family intend to reside indefinitely in New Zealand and are acquiring the property to reside on and operate as a working farm," it says.

Cameron, originally from Canada, applied for New Zealand residency under Immigration New Zealand's Investment Plus category, reserved for those investing more than $10m. To fulfil requirements he must spend at least 44 days in New Zealand each year in the final two years of a three-year investment period.