Katy Powell, 26 year old free-lance writer from London, UK, currently living in Auckland, New Zealand with my husband Tom.
When moving away from home, no matter what age you are, or how far you are prepared to travel, there are a few key aspects most people will start to look for in a new ‘home away from home.’
Lifestyle. This could be number 1 on your agenda or dragging along at the bottom of the list along with what brands of shampoo they may or may not stock. One country that offers a lifestyle that will suit any happy go lucky type is New Zealand. With its chilled atmosphere, incredible scenery and view to life that is as refreshing as the first sip of a beer after a long week, it’s the perfect place get off the plane!
No-one in New Zealand is in a huge rush to get anywhere or do anything, they take each day as it comes and seem to enjoy and cherish every sunny day, every coffee break, and every moment this beautiful country has to offer.
Sports and outdoor activities is one of the biggest elements of Kiwi life. Cycling, running, sailing, paddle boarding, scuba diving, hiking and wind surfing is the just tip of the ice burg on the kind of activities you can do on a daily basis living in New Zealand. And if thats not your thing, well the Kiwis are so chilled they wont care anyway!
New Zealand has more coffee shops per capita than anywhere else in the world. This ‘coffee shop culture’ is seen where ever you decide to stay, along with the huge event that is ‘the kiwi brunch.’ Brunch in New Zealand is the staple weekend treat that family and friends look forward to. Eggs Benni is one of the classics, along with rye toast and pancakes. Kiwi food is any foodies dream, organic and fresh produce is available on every turn with some of the freshest fish you will find anywhere – from ocean to your plate in no time at all.
Which ever part of New Zealand you decide to visit or live in, there is guaranteed to be a breath taking view within 1 mile of where you stand. Auckland and Queenstown provide classic city living with the back drop that will make your jaw drop. In the rest of the island the stunning combination of rugged hilly coastlines and pure white beaches with crystal clear water are made better by the fact that its pretty much all yours for the day. With a population of only 4.5 million, where ever you visit feels like a VIP trip, private dining with your picnic on a desert island soon becomes normality.
New Zealand is a stunning country to both visit and call home, the kind nature of the people will make you feel accepted and cared for. But if your deciding whether to move to a town 10 miles away or a country 10,000 miles away, make a list of your needs and priorities, and take it from there.