What was the initial appeal of New Zealand?
The life style. We recently got married and both decided it was time to leave the UK as New Zealand was a better place to raise a family and more importantly, the quality of life is great.
What helped you decide to proceed with migration?
My husband is a Kiwi and he got offered a very good job here, so we thought it was a good time to make the move.
What type of visa did you go for?
First I applied for a Work Visa, then when I got to New Zealand (within a week) I applied for a Spousal Visa.
Now that you're in New Zealand, how are you finding your new life?
The work/life balance is great. I've had back to back winters since moving here so I'm really excited for summer to kick in. I'll be joining a running and cycling club next year and I'm going to take up skiing in the winter as there are a few ski fields close by. I was also excited to own our own place and get a dog, which we've done since moving here.
What advice would you give anyone thinking about moving to New Zealand?
Firstly I would say to work with a immigration specialist - especially if you have a complicated situation. If I tried to complete my application on my own I would have wasted so much time and money due to submitting incorrect documentation. Secondly, I would suggest to come on holiday and visit both the South and North Island prior to making your decision.