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Opportunity in New Zealand. Does it Exist?

Opportunity in New Zealand. Does it Exist?

Opportunity in New Zealand. Is there any?

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been asked this question. I have to say it is usually from people who are moving to New Zealand from the USA, people who say, ‘we’d love to move to New Zealand but we’ve heard that there aren’t many opportunities there.’

Hmmm.

Time for us to make a podcast episode and share all of the opportunities that we (my family of four) have had since moving to New Zealand twelve years ago.

Really?? 7 Weird Things About New Zealand

Really?? 7 Weird Things About New Zealand


If you are thinking of moving to New Zealand you’ll want to learn everything you can about the country before you arrive. You’ll definitely want to be told about any unusual things that might be waiting for you.

Because no one likes weird surprises.

Where’s Best to Live? New Zealand Or Canada?

Where’s Best to Live? New Zealand Or Canada?

 New Zealand or Canada? Which is the best country to live in?

New Zealand and Canada are amongst the top destinations that people choose to emigrate to.

In this podcast and video, we talk about why we (a wife, husband and two small kids) chose to move to New Zealand over Canada and whether we regretted any of the decisions that we made.

Where to Live in NZ. North Island or South?

Where to Live in NZ. North Island or South?

If you are moving to New Zealand then the first thing you will consider is which island to live on. North or South?

We get asked this a lot from families who are moving to New Zealand and have no clue as to which island offers most.

So we thought we’d help out. Give you our honest thoughts (and experiences) on what we have experienced on both sides of the water.

Mild or Wild?  What Are New Zealand Kids (Really) Like

Mild or Wild? What Are New Zealand Kids (Really) Like

What are New Zealand kids like?

This is a question that we get asked this a lot from families who are moving to New Zealand with kids.

So we thought we’d spill the beans.

The Watties ones, not the Heinz. And give you an insight into kiwi parents & how the kids in New Zealand are raised differently than in the UK.

Building a House in New Zealand. Dream or Nightmare?

Building a House in New Zealand. Dream or Nightmare?

Building your own home is what most people dream of.

We were no different.

When we moved to New Zealand twelve years ago, building a house in New Zealand was right up there on our list of hopes. Along with eventually mastering the New Zealand slang words.

And after two years of living in New Zealand, we took the leap and set about building a new house on a piece of land in Taranaki, New Zealand.

In this podcast, we show you how things played out.

Emigrating To New Zealand From America. The Realities in 2021

Emigrating To New Zealand From America. The Realities in 2021

Are you thinking of emigrating to New Zealand from America?

Then you’re going to love what we have to share.

In this New Zealand podcast episode, I talk to Katie and David, an American couple who recently made moving to New Zealand a reality.

Katie is a nurse from California and David worked for the LAPD. They had dreamed of living in New Zealand for a while and now that dream is their reality.

But it wasn’t all plain sailing…

Is New Zealand (a Bit) Backward?

Is New Zealand (a Bit) Backward?

Is New Zealand behind the times?

In this podcast, Brian and I talk about a topic that so many people (people who have usually never even been here) like to say.

That is that New Zealand is behind the times. A bit backwards. Slow to catch on.

“Ohhh… it’s like the UK in the 1950’s”. There are air raid shelters and everything…

Life in New Zealand vs The UK. Part 2

Life in New Zealand vs The UK. Part 2

This is Part two of the interview with Jenn, a New Zealander who spent lockdown in England with her British partner.

If you didn’t catch part 1: Life in New Zealand vs life in the UK then go and listen to that now. it’s a cracker!

HELLO THERE!

I am Liz, a travel and lifestyle blogger! I met the love of my life, Brian, in the late 80’s. We spent our first 10 years together wearing very large shoulder pads, saying “rad” alot and travelling around the world. It was within those ten years that we discovered our mutual passion for travel, adventure, food and wine. And chocolate peanut M&Ms.

As tends to happen, we grew into adults (sort of), got a mortgage (boo hoo) and started a  family (yay!).  We still continued to travel the world with our little children but our itchy feet were never far away and we decided that rather than mess about with holidays, we’d go all out and emigrate instead. And anyway, British wine is rubbish.

So, we emigrated to New Zealand. Once there, our lifestyle changed dramatically. We are currently backpacking the world with our two teenagers, trying to regain our youth (joke. Sort of) whilst trying to conceal the amount of wine we drink each night (truth). We would love you to join our journey on this honest (a bit too honest) blog as we try to discover ways to make this lifestyle achievable, not just for us, but for you too!

I am Liz, a travel and lifestyle blogger! I met the love of my life, Brian, in the late 80’s. We spent our first 10 years together wearing very large shoulder pads, saying rad alot,  and travelling around the world. It was within those ten years that we discovered our mutual passion for travel, adventure, food and wine. And chocolate peanut M&Ms.

As tends to happen, we grew into adults (sort of), got a mortgage (boo hoo) and started a  family (yay!) We still continued to travel the world with our little children but our itchy feet were never far away and we decided that rather than mess about with holidays, we’d go all out and emigrate instead.

In 2009, we took our family and emigrated to New Zealand. Once there, our lifestyle changed dramatically. We are currently backpacking the world with our two teenagers, trying to regain our youth (joke) whilst trying to conceal the amount of wine we drink each night (truth). We would love you to join our journey on this honest (a bit too much sometimes) blog as we try to discover ways to make this lifestyle achievable, not just for us, but for you too!

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The Travel Bog Diaries. Thrown Out Of A Yoga Class In India

The Travel Bog Diaries. Thrown Out Of A Yoga Class In India

y desire to indulge in some yoga came out after I witnessed the perfect family in India. Perfect kids, perfect Mother. I concluded that this must surely be a result of partaking in either a) dancing around the full moon naked, b) drinking lots of...

Japanese Culture. 10 Things You (Probably) Should Know. Podcast #15

Japanese Culture. 10 Things You (Probably) Should Know. Podcast #15

In this week’s podcast, Sonny and Liz talk about the culture of Japan and a few things you need to be aware of before you go.

Life in Japan is very easy to adjust to and the Japanese people are amongst the most generous and welcoming folk in the world. 

But.

The Japanese do have one tiny downside…

Bloody Hell. Travelling in India by Sleeper Bus. Podcast #11

Bloody Hell. Travelling in India by Sleeper Bus. Podcast #11

I love you India, I really do.

I dedicated an entire India podcast on what it was like travelling in India for the first time.

No matter what time of day you ask me – regardless of whether my hormones are playing up or not. I will always tell anyone I meet that travelling in India for seven weeks – backpacking across your beautiful land with my kids was one of the best experiences of my life.

But bloody hell.

India. Is it as scary as everyone says it is? PODCAST # 010

India. Is it as scary as everyone says it is? PODCAST # 010

After spending seven weeks backpacking around India with my kids (teenagers age 16 and 13) I thought we should do a podcast on the country (and put to bed the silly myths that surround visiting India).
When I told people that we were planning a trip to India the response was…let’s say colourful.

Some (mostly those who were born before the 1960s and had spent their youth discovering Asia on a couple of quid) encouraged us: ‘you’ll love it’ they said and went on to talk about the beautiful Indian beaches or the temples in Hampi.

But others weren’t so encouraging.

Sri Lanka Villas.  A Review On This Slice Of Paradise.

Sri Lanka Villas. A Review On This Slice Of Paradise.

ho doesn't love a bargain?  But the trouble with bargains is they usually came at a cost. There always seems to be a catch. That's why you are going to love me for this blog post on where to stay in Sri Lanka. I have for you the ultimate find...

5 Things To Do in Japan (That Won’t Leave You Broke)

5 Things To Do in Japan (That Won’t Leave You Broke)

You cannot visit Japan and do what every other tourist does. You just can't. It's against the law and I won't let you. If you are looking for cheap or inexpensive things to do in Japan, you have a sense of adventure, don't mind heights and want to experience a...

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