Kim Dotcom reveals New Zealand's secret super-rich apocalypse hide-out

  • 24/05/2018

The world's super-rich are gobbling up land in New Zealand in preparation for an apocalypse - and Kim Dotcom knows where their hang-out is.

The controversial multimillionaire has moved to Queenstown with his new wife Liz, and says he's not the only one.

He told the Otago Daily Times he knew around a dozen people from Silicon Valley who have moved to the resort town - and the figure is continually increasing.

"I think that will increase, because one thing that the smartest people in the world have in common is an understanding that the world as it works today is not sustainable," he says.

"I take things like that very seriously. I know a lot of my friends in Silicon Valley see it the same way. It's a general feeling that, globally, we have to expect more crises rather than less. And you want to be in a part of the world where you are as far as possible away from it."

One of them is controversial American billionaire Peter Thiel, who bought a property in Wanaka and was given citizenship despite only being in New Zealand four times when he applied.

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman told The New Yorker that New Zealand is a popular choice for the world's wealthy.

"Saying you're 'buying a house in New Zealand' is kind of a wink, wink, say no more," he said.

"Once you've done the Masonic handshake, they'll be, like,'Oh, you know, I have a broker who sells old ICBM silos, and they're nuclear-hardened, and they kind of look like they would be interesting to live in'."