How we came to be honorary kiwis
Today’s post recognises the beginning steps of our life in New Zealand, which ultimately led to the adventures and travels we are now able to make in the Kiwi Blog Bus.
It’s an anniversay day for us.
Three years ago today we got very valuable blue stickers inserted into our UK passports – we were given permanent residence in New Zealand.
We had been here for five months (out of the six allowed as a tourist) and although Sam had a current work visa, myself and the three children were all due to leave the country if our permanent residence didn’t come through in time.
The relief, as you can imagine, was immense.
Especially as we’d already bought a house and shipped over all our personal possessions!
Looking back it does sound kind of mad but from the moment we started thinking about emigrating I just always believed we would live in New Zealand.
I could picture us here.
It was where we belonged.
To me that was fact, not opinion.
In April 2007 we travelled from the UK for a brief three-week visit, just to check we liked the place and make some employment enquiries for Sam.
We hired a motorhome to travel from Auckland to Christchurch then we spent some time in a rental home in Christchurch because, at the time, that was where we thought we would move to.
So in honour of our special anniversary day I thought I would post a selection of photographs from our very first ever road trip in the beautiful land of kiwis.
Not surprisingly – after this fantastic trip – we decided we REALLY REALLY did want to live in New Zealand!
And here we are.