Residents!

After a 3 year long and tedious visa application process we can finally call ourselves proud owners of New Zealand resident visas! Yay! :) There are still 2 more years with travel conditions until we can apply for permanent resident visas, but that shouldn’t be a big thing anymore. Party! :P

 

We’re moving! Again

This is our third move in only six months (not counting the holiday destinations). After we initially arrived in Brooklyn Motueka last October, we’ve got the opportunity to rent a house just a hundred meters down the road from our piece of land from early January. But this time it’s even better: The neighbor’s house, just…

 

Container arrival

I guess we have to call ourselves ‘lucky’ because we’ve found a house to rent just next to our piece of (empty) land. The owners moved overseas and we were there to ask just in time. But it was totally empty and all our furniture was still in the ship container. Fortunately the container was…

 

Container sneak preview – and port clearance

Two months and three days after our big rusty metal box has left our place in Austria, it arrived at the port in Nelson, NZ. On its journey it travelled from Bremerhaven, Germany, around Europe, crossing the Mediterranean, stopped over in Suez, Egypt, continued to India, changed to a different container ship in Singapore and…

 

The “me and my car”-posting

I admit, it was one of the sadest days this year when I had to give away the most awesome car we ever had, our beloved Audi A5. But it was part of the deal. We know, a car like that would’t fit the country-lifestyle we’re aiming for in NZ, we would need something bigger…

 

We’re back! :)

Here we are again: One year and four months after we have left the country with the intentio to NOT return soon. Many people asked us why we are so keen to give up everything we have in Austria, just to be somewhere else. I’d say our one year NZ adventure taught us a lot about…

 

Sending a container to the other side of earth

Friday 16:00: Container arrives Almost all our stuff is wrapped in cardboard, ready for the container. It’s slightly raining, but the weather forecast is good for tomorrow to fill it!   Friday 17:00: Opening the container Our first impression: OMG, that’s quite an old model. The label of that rusty dented box says it was built…

 

One week to go

Just a short update on our progress with relocating to Motueka: The past few weeks have been quite busy. Rule #1: “Don’t forget anything!”. Everything we miss to organize now will be much more hassle when we’re 18,249 kms away from Austria. Our house it not yet sold, but that doesn’t prevent us from moving,…

 

Organizing the big move

I admit it, I love organizing things. Well, that’s what I do day by day, so no real surprise here I suppose. Found a new Limited company (it’s incredibly simple to start up a new business in NZ, all online) ✓ Set up local bank accounts ✓ Find a good tax advisor/accountant ✓ Ensure we get places at school for…

 

It’s official: We’ll return to New Zealand!

Finally! Our visas have been approved! Yay! :) We have now one year to relocate and establish the business according to the submitted business plan in order to get the work visas extended for a longer period. The visa approval initiates a domino effect for all sorts of preparations that have been tensely waiting for the last…

 
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