Our friends always lambast us with the fact we never sit still, my accountant and bank manager struggle to keep up! That was how both my wife and I operated for a number of years. We have enjoyed successful careers in advertising and marketing in Auckland, whilst also running 4 businesses between us and doing some form of additional study.
After the arrival of our two young children, we realised that something had to give as the mad rush of corporate life just wasn’t giving us the family lifestyle that we wanted.
It took a year of planning, numerous conversations and several visits to Wanaka before we agreed that this was the place that we wanted to raise our family. My wife Portia is finishing her studies to become a clinical psychologist, specialising in children and teens and will have a practice in Wanaka in the near future, while I have joined the successful Ray White Wanaka team specialising in premium property.
Moving back to Otago with my wife and two young children has been brilliant. We have purchased a modern new home to live in while we build on some land. We are currently undergoing design work so should be building our new home in early 2018. Follow our journey right here.
I have set this property hub up to provide a platform for useful property knowledge and to also help others move to Wanaka as well; be it for family reasons, or a better work life balance or possibly retirement. It’s a pretty special place for all of us to enjoy.
If you are considering making a similar lifestyle change, we can talk you through our experiences including; selling our family home in Auckland, the ins and outs of purchasing land in Wanaka, relocating your possessions, working with architects, dealing with local councils, builders and tradespeople, career options, sporting options, local events and social activities, as well as daycare and schooling considerations.