Beauden Barrett declined to make big money deals from abroad to join a blues team that he believes has "tremendous potential."
But he admits that one of his biggest immediate challenges will be the Auckland property market.
Barrett confirmed on Friday that he is moving to Oakland – and will release Bloody Jersey from mid-2020 in a new four-year deal for New Zealand on rugby.
Barrett will remain with All Blacks and NZRs to the World Cup 2023 and will move from Hurricanes to Blues to play Super Rugby by 2020.
Barrett told the media that he had looked abroad, but said he "knew I was not ready" to leave New Zealand.
"I was looking around at the beginning of the year, and I would be stupid not to see what was out there, I just knew I was not ready to go, and that I had so much to offer, so it would soon close this option," Barrett said.
– I see a lot of potential [at the Blues]They have had some near losses … and if you can find a way to reverse that … I believe they know how to do it.
– I've been here for some time and I want to share my experience with them. I know how to influence the players around me. I talked to Leon. [MacDonald, Blues coach] where this team wants to go. "
According to Barrett, not everyone in his immediate circle was pleased with his decision to move to Auckland.
– I kept him close [Huricanes teamate] TJ [Perenara]He is a man I just had to support. I told him and Colsey [Dane Coles] a few days ago. It was very difficult, but they were very supportive, "Barrett said.
– Moving was not easy for anyone in this camp. I leave very good friends, friends for life …
His father, Kevin, was the hardest to convince.
"It was not easy at first but eventually he wants to do the best for Hannah and me and our family." I grew up, dreaming to be a hurricane, but the circumstances changed and people became older, "he said.
The Auckland property market has been a challenge, Barrett said.
"House prices are tough, are not I? I was looking for some time … but my list of OneRoof sites is pretty big."
Barrett, 28, played 73 tests for all blacks since he debuted in 2012 and 125 times for Hurricanes after his 2011 Super Rugby debut.
As part of his new contract, he will take a lengthy excerpt from the game at the end of this year and will start with the Blues in the middle of the Super Season next year. He also has the opportunity to take a short break in Japan over the next four years, with any interruptions to be negotiated with NZR and Blues.
Rugby: Beauden Barrett will sign a four-year contract with Blues
Barrett said he was "set on fire".
This is obviously a huge solution for me and my wife Hannah, and we really expect the next chapter of our lives.
"Hurricanes will always be a huge part of what I am." The hurricane environment and rugby style they played helped me become the player I am today and leave some very good friends.
"Wellington has been my rugby base for many years and a university base for Hannah, and we will always have nice memories of living there. The home for us is now Taranaki and Auckland, and home and family are extremely important to both of us.
"I'm also enthusiastic about the new challenge I'm going to get with Blues over the next four years, they're a rising team, I like the way they play and I really hope to be part of that.
"While I look forward to what will happen in the future, my focus is on the international season ahead with all the black ones."
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said the news was "fantastic".
"He is one of the best players in the world, a leader in our team and involved in numerous successful campaigns, from the Rugby World Cup to the Bledisloe Cups, and I believe he will get even better.
"Knowing he will be here next to the Rugby World Cup 2023 is enormous for all blacks as they move into a new phase after 2019."
BluRay CEO Michael Redman said Barrett's signing up for the club's re-launch, which began "a few years ago," and has accelerated over the past 12 months.
"The signing of a player from the Boden caliber is in the process of creating years," Redman said.
"While Bodin's personal circumstances have created this opportunity, the changes we have made in our club in recent years mean for the first time that the blue is a credible option for him. The process is long and complicated, but we believe the result is the most influential movement of players in Super Rugby history. "
Bloody head coach Leon McDonald said, "I'm sure he will be an immediate favorite of Eden Park's fan."
Phil Gopf says Barrett may end the Blues' dark years
Oakland Mayor Phil Gop also faced the news.
"This is fantastic news for Blues, but the blues have a lot of talent, but it has not worked for many years," says Gof, born and raised in Oakland.
"It's time for Auckland, with 35 percent of the population, to return to the top of the Super Rugby table."
Barrett and his wife, Hannah, have raised the palms from the capital later this year to be based in Auckland.
Barrett, whose father played for Hurricanes, was very loyal to the club he first played in 2011.
Star All Black is planning to take both who do not play and play Saturday as part of a four-year contract extension to stay in New Zealand.
Goff said Barrett, who played eight hurricane seasons and headed north for a four-year deal with Blues, is a superb player who can help pull the talent into the franchise.
"I can remember when the blues were regularly at the top of the super rugby table, but there were a couple of dark years and it's time to turn that up, it will help," said Goff.
The mayor also hopes that Barrett's signature will attract more fans to Eden Park, who fights financially and receives $ 63 million in aid from the Council in March.
Gof, who has condemned the $ 9.8m ($ 9.8m) relief package, a non-interest-free loan secured against Park assets, said Traditional Traffic at Eden Park traditionally stands on two legs.
The sooner this happens, the better, he said.
Gomme's chief rival in the October local elections, John Tammere, said Barret's undeniable quality would be highly appreciated and would help drive some high-profile players around the park.
"For such a city the blues should be at the top of the table," he said.
Hurricanes tried to keep the star as a traveler
Hurricanes Chief Executive Officer Avang Lee said Barrett's departure "has met a lot of disappointment with everyone in the club."
"We know that Boden plans to live in Auckland, but we wanted to reach an agreement that would keep him in the Hurricanes for at least four years," he said.
"Given the flexibility of our top players to keep them in rugby in New Zealand, we hoped that the long and excellent career of Boden would continue in the Hurricanes.
"The process is challenging, but we sincerely thank him for everything he has done for hurricanes, he is a great ambassador of our club and we wish him well."
Barrett was the record holder of the Hurricanes record. He made 125 appearances for the franchise, fourth only for TJ Perenara, Ma & a Nonu and Conrad Smith.
He played two super rugby finals and three semi-final hurricanes.