Yup. It’s true. My family and I are moving from Denver, Colorado to Christchurch, New Zealand.
Getting to this point has been a long and winding process. My wife, Bonnie and I have been discussing it pretty much since we got married nearly a decade ago. We initially started the visa paperwork four years ago but decided to hold off until after our first trip there in 2014. After that, kids got in the way and we delayed our application further. We finally submitted our resident visa application in early 2016 and received approval in January 2017. I recently accepted a job offer, and we will be moving in September of 2017.
It’s a strange feeling. On one hand, it’s super exciting. We’re moving to our favorite place in the world – New Zealand’s natural wonders are a great match for our outdoor-centric lifestyle, and we believe our personal values align well typical Kiwi society. On the other hand, it’s terrifying. We’ll be leaving behind all the comforts of home – all our friends and family will be 7,700 miles away.
But there is also a lot that I’m looking forward to. From our home base in Christchurch, we’ll have access to some of the most stunning landscapes in the world.
New Zealand is a great place to feed our love of hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, and skiing.
We’ll also have access to an ocean – as a Colorado (mostly) native, that’ll be something new.
I don’t expect it to always be easy. While NZ is an English-speaking Commonwealth country – it’s still very much a foreign country. We’ll have to adapt to a new way of life, new customs, and a new culture – not to mention the metric system. Homesickness is a near-certainty.
One thing’s for sure, it will be an adventure. Wish us luck!