Moving to Christchurch

What were your reasons for emigrating?

I wanted to experience a new country and had an offer of employment here.

What were your reasons for choosing New Zealand?

My work first of all but secondly it is a great place to live if you love the outdoors.

Name: Kay
Age: 27
Occupation: Research-Science
Number Emigrating: 1
Emigrated from: Oregon, USA
Moved to: New Brighton, Christchurch
When did you arrive in NZ: October 2005
My Story Written: October 2009
Daily Commute Time: 40min round trip
What do you like best about New Zealand?

The ocean and mountains are so close and if you love to ski, cycle, surf, do triathlons, rugby, or tons of other sports the south island is a great location. The climate is not too rainy and it doesn’t usually get super hot here . I love the uncrowded places and that we are surrounded by so many great outdoor landscapes. I love the native vegetation and that you can see penguins and dolphins and mountain parrots.

What don’t you like about New Zealand?

The cost to travel to everywhere but Australia and some of the Pacific Islands.

What do you miss from your home country?

My family and friends, the food – some items I enjoy are hard to find here and/or very expensive.

How easily did you find work in New Zealand?

I had work arranged before I came.

How does your working life in New Zealand compare with your previous work experiences?

Good, I probably don’t make as much money as I would have in the US but I found housing by the sea is much more affordable then it would have been in the US.

How much money did you bring with you:


How much do you earn in New Zealand:

~$100,000 together with partner.

How much did you pay for your house:

When we were renting we paid ~$300 per week for a 2.5 bedroom house. Our $375,000 purchased house is 4 bedrooms and 2 baths.

How does your standard of living in New Zealand compare with your previous country?

Similiar – I do buy more things second hand now but I prefer it that way.

How does your quality of life now compare with your previous country?

I think better because I get much more vacation here and there is a general overall feeling that everyone takes holidays off especially around Christmas/New Year’s. The shops don’t have to be open all the time.

Do you have any other personal experiences or observations that would be useful for people considering immigrating to New Zealand?

Sometimes it is hard to create new relationships as NZ is quite a small place and many people go through life with some of the same circles of people they have known since youth. Don’t give up though, there are other people looking to incorporate into the community and meet others as well. Getting involved with local organisations and events will help you to get to know people much faster. And if you have a bad experience or don’t fit with that group – try another. There will be one out there for you (and your family).

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