Oh, what a year it have been.
Today it is the last day of 2013. It has been a very different year.
In January we where busy trying to clean our house and get rid of all the furniture and stuff that we couldn’t bring with us.
In February we took a vacation in Thailand, Bali and Sydney.
In March we finally arrived in New Zealand. Attending interviews with companies to get a job offer and we travelled around North Island.
In April we tried to get our new life in Christchurch settled. Start working.
In May the kids started school. In June we bought a house in Christchurch.
And from that month we have received our residency, some of our older kids have start working, my wife got a job. We have met a lot of new friends, and had old friends visiting us. We have been in the newspaper (New Zealand Herald. The kids have had a great time in their new school and have got some new friends.
It has been a very exciting and in the same time a tough year.
We enjoy our new life and looking forward to an exciting 2014.
Happy New Year!
Before we moved we decided to not bring more than we can carry. We didn’t know where we would end up in NZ. And renting a container wasn’t cheap. Starting fresh with new furniture was tempting. So we sold and give away most of our furniture and stuff.
Tried to look at Internet what other think you should bring, but didn’t get so many answers. So here is my personal view what would be worth bringing to NZ.
Furniture: Furniture is expensive in NZ. And there is very limited stock of furniture. Older furniture in good shape is not available. Buying second hand furniture is possible. There are a few second hand shops but the furniture they sell is of varied quality. Some should have gone to the junkyard long time ago.
Beds: Beds are also expensive, but most retailers have offers at regular interval. Which make it a little less expensive. And beds comes in the following sizes: single, king single, queen, king and king double.
Whiteware/Appliances: Prices are much higher comparing to Europe and there is not so much to choose from. There are local brands ( or where they now are manufactured, Westinghouse, Fisher & Paykel, etc.) and some German brands (Miele, Bosch etc.) and other brands (Samsung, LG, Mitsubishi).
Electronics: There is plenty of electronics and computers in New Zealand. Prices vary a lot and I haven’t done so much research on the prices. Computer parts are quite cheap though.
Bed linen: Bed linen is quite expensive in NZ. And if you want to have cotton linen it will cost you more.
If you want to make a comparison by yourself go to http://www.pricespy.co.nz.