Expat Experiences in New Zealand


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When considering a move to a new city, there is nothing more useful than hearing real life stories and experiences from other expats who have lived there. We'd love to hear about your expat experiences. Please contact us if you live or have lived in New Zealand and would like to share your story.

Isaac and Dawn are two British expats and longterm partners, who made the move to Auckland, New Zealand in December 2014. They share their honest experiences of what life is like in the land of the Kiwis, and how it compares to home. Read about their experiences of New Zealand here.  
Rhonda Albom is an American expat who moved to Auckland, New Zealand in 2003. She relocated with her husband and two young children, and having lived there for over a decade, is well-versed in New Zealander life. Here she shares her expat experience in New Zealand.
Abigail Simpson, originally from England, moved to New Zealand at the age of ten with her family. Now living in Hamilton with her boyfriend, she shares her tips for making friends and fitting into the New Zealand lifestyle. Read more about her expat experience in New Zealand.  
Pierre Moseley is a South African expat who moved to New Zealand in 2008, after living in Namibia for a few years. After braving cold houses and bugs in Wellington, he finally settled in Hamilton, which he is more than happy to call home. Read more about his expat experience in New Zealand.
Fiona Gilston is a Scottish expat living in New Zealand. She moved to Christchurch in search of a change from her life in Scotland, and with no specific plans on where to settle, she met a Kiwi and has now made Christchurch her home. Read more about her expat experience in New Zealand. Fiona Gilston - A Scottish expat living in New Zealand
Sarah Robertson is a British expat living in Queenstown, New Zealand. She left the city-life in London and relocated to New Zealand in 2011. She enjoys the laid back lifestyle that Queenstown offers. Read about her expat experience in New Zealand.
Diane, an American expat in Wellington, New Zealand, spent a few years studying and living in Berlin and Amsterdam before settling with her husband in New Zealand. Read her advice on the best areas to live in Wellington, and what she loves about living in Wellington. Diane an American expat in New Zealand
Wendy, a British expat living in Wellington, travelled with her family to the Faukland Islands and Australia before finally settling in Wellington - a city she loves to call home. Read about what she loves and hates about Wellington and about her life as an expat in New Zealand. Wendy an expat in New Zealand
Jimmy, an American expat living in Auckland, is a self-proclaimed country boy who followed his sweetheart to New Zealand from North Carolina. The sweetheart left but he found a new love: the city of Auckland itself. Read all about his experiences making new friends and carving out a new life for himself living in Auckland. Jimmy an American expat in Auckland

Whitney, an American expat living in New Zealand, is no stranger to relocation. She opted to settle into student life in Christchurch and has found simple pleasure in the pairing of small-town living and mid-sized city infrastructure. Read about her expat experience here.
American Expat in New Zealand

Molly, an American expat living in New Zealand, has found it challenging dealing with the distance of her new home from her Alaskan hometown and adjusting to a space without access to the mountains she feels closest to. She chronicles the complexities of her journey and the highs and lows of her time abroad in her blog "Bring a Raincoat". Read about her expat experience here.
American expat in New Zealand

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