“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

– Mae West

Dream big. Live small.

Kia ora! We are Karma and Scott. We live in an old school bus that we have converted into a tiny off-grid home. We left the rat race years ago and have long nurtured a dream of starting over, rebooting if you will, into a simpler way of life. Freedom is a deeply rooted core value that we both share and one reason we yearn for a more sustainable and independent lifestyle living off the land. So when a property on the West Coast captured our hearts we decided to take a chance on life and jump in—feet first.

Off-grid homestead

The wild and beautiful West Coast

We would often talk about the future on our long hiking expeditions, and we would always come back to the homestead dream. A dream of a more self-reliant and independent lifestyle, living in harmony with nature and working closely with the land. Like, generating our own power, collecting rainwater, and growing our own food in a sustainable way. For starters. Our house bus is already off-grid ready so all we have to do is find a good spot to park it. Follow our journey as we build an off-grid homestead just moments from the beach on the West Coast of the South Island.

Our bus is a 1984 Isuzu JCR500. She is just under 10 meters long and was originally a school bus up north. She was a mountain bike shuttle in Rotorua for the past decade before we got her in the spring of 2020. We stripped the bus back to its bones to fix any rust and to lower the floor to gain much welcome headroom. We started the conversion during the first covid lockdown and moved in about 5 months later.

  • Solar setup: The Batch Kit from GridFree with the Hybrid Inverter
  • Samsung 255 Litre fridge freezer
  • Award 60cm Full Gas & Hob Oven Freestanding SS Cooker
  • Camec Compact 4Kg RV Front Load washing machine
  • Suburban Nautilus IW60 On Demand Water Heater
  • Wood burner: Roaring Meg Fire

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