Live the dream – Move to New Zealand

Surf, great wine, wonderful people, long white and black beaches, mountains, hobbits and lots of sheep! What is not to love about New Zealand. Ohhh and there’s hardly anyone there!


Aotearoa- The land of the long white cloud; one of the remotest island on earth, so quirky that they even have their own official sign language. It is an island nestled deep in the South Pacific, right by in the International date line. New Zealanders speak kind of funny but are likely to be some of the greatest people you’ll ever meet. They love their sports, value their remoteness and have the most boats per person then any other nation. Here are 10 reasons to move to New Zealand and soak up all the random goodness their beautiful country offers.


 1. In NZ you can buy a house, pick it up and move it anywhere!

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A house on wheels that you can park pretty much anywhere



2. Every drive you take will be like you’re starring in a car advert

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A road trip to Mt. Cook



3. You can visit an island on a lake, on an island on a lake, on an island in the sea!

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Lake on Mao Wahu island on Lake Wanaka. Photo by



4. NZ has space, lots of it. They even have rocks that swear at you. You don’t have to live on top of other people.

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Stay away Australia



5. In NZ they actively encourage you to jump off stuff: mountains, bridges, their tallest building, out of planes… in fact, there’s pretty much no action sport you can’t do on any given day.

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A perfectly good plane to jump out of



6. In NZ, Physio is practically free if you hurt yourself. Injuries are very likely with all the things to jump off.

Alexa Hohenberg with another snowboard injury
One of the best places to be injured in more ways then one



7. If you’re pumped to surf and there is no swell coming from the east, just drive a max of 3.5 hours and check the west coast. Or check the north or the south. NZ’s got it covered from all angles.

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No surf here, we’ll check the other coast then.



8. You will live with birds that will try and eat your car, steal your luggage or sabotage your snowboard bindings while you get your lunch. Meet the Kea (no relation to the actual car, Kia!)

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Meet the Kea – the car eating bird of New Zealand



9. There is no shortage of inspiring people with entrepreneurial spirit, taking DIY to the next level. Kiwi ingenuity, it is quite remarkable!

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A caravan full of inventions on the South Island



10. The north is tropical and the south is rugged. There are volcanoes, mountains, lakes, hot pools, black beaches, white beaches, hobbits and wildlife only found in NZ. You can live in your car (or in a road-worthy house on wheels) and camp for free with ‘Freedom Camping’.

Apart from the West coast sandflies that will eat you alive, NZ is the perfect balance or nature, freedom and magic.


Camping in New Zealand
Freedom camping


New Zealand signs
Kiwis – Always cracking a funny


Funny signs in New Zealand
Funny signs in NZ



So there you have it, some humorous reasons to move to New Zealand. All photo taken from my travels over the few years that I lived there. If you are truly researching moving to New Zealand then this article on the cost of living in New Zealand is a good body of research.


Hiya, I'm Alexa. Always on some sort of adventure! I'm excited to share my stories & introduce you to other rad women, also living the dream. I'm here to inspire you to do the same :-)


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