Kiwi nurse tests property market aboard 'smashed avocado'

A Kiwi nurse has taken an unusual approach to the city's skyrocketing house prices.

Twenty-nine-year-old Olivia Hammond has moved her property hunt to the water, by renovating a houseboat she bought off Trademe.     

Ms Hammon said the houseboat was a method for her to enter the house market without becoming "crippled by unpayable  debt".

The nautical nurse told Newshub she was inspired by houseboasts she saw while travelling Canada and decided to bring the concept back home. 

She spied a small houseboat in August and after buying it for NZ$10,000, she began to renovate the floating home and plans to create a full two-storey, two-bedroom residence on water. 

While Ms Hammond said there may not have been a lot of "due diligence" with her purchase, it was simply an "awesome opportunity" that she couldn't miss. 

The interior will be salt and water proof, and to meet council regulations, will be completely moveable.

She started the build in September and hopes to moor the boat to a central Auckland port in February.

As a cheeky nod to her millennial generations housing woes, Ms Hammond has named her houseboat "The Smashed Avocado".