When I was nine years old, my world fell apart.

There I was, living quite happily in a small town in the North of England, when my parents dropped a bombshell: we were moving to New Zealand.

New Zealand – wasn’t that the little triangle at the bottom of Australia? Wasn’t it millions of miles away, filled with bubbling lakes of lava and cannibals and sheep?

Well, I was right about the sheep.

It turned out that New Zealand was quite similar to England, but the differences were truly amazing. This blog is about what makes New Zealand different.

You might be especially interested if you were thinking about moving to New Zealand, or coming here for a holiday.

In my experience, the best way to see the country is by campervan. My family’s driven all around New Zealand and seen countless places of outstanding beauty within it. This blog is also about those places.

I hope you like it.


17 thoughts on “About POMS AWAY!

  1. Claire says:

    Hey, I have nominated you for the versatile blogger award because I love your blog!

    Award guidelines can be found here: http://truetravelings.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/the-versatile-blogger-award/


  2. Hey, thanks a lot for passing on the award, and I’m glad that you enjoy my blog!


  3. kiwipom91 says:

    Yeah, I really do.


  4. You mean there is no cannibals?


  5. Cool blog idea! I’m a Canadian living in Japan, never been to NZ, but it’s one of the top places I’ve always wanted to go. Recently I’ve been wondering if I can get there easier from here… hmm. Will have to browse around your site! 🙂


  6. Nicolai says:

    Hello . I’m Nick.

    I would like to publish a sponsored post (with one link) on your great blog – pomsawaydownunder.wordpress.com. Could you please give me the price for the placement of it?

    Please contact me for more details. Thx


  7. Brian Turner says:

    Hi there! I was just reading up on your blog and had a quick question. Could you please email me when you get the chance? Thanks – Brian


  8. Cheryl says:

    Hi there,

    I am a television producer working for major independent production company Optomen Television in London. We are currently producing a new documentary series for Channel 4 in the UK about people who have quit the rat race and moved to live in remote locations the world. It will be an inspirational series following the incredible stories of ordinary people who are living a unique way of life in some of the most beautiful and breath-taking places. The presenter, Kevin McCloud, best known for presenting the hit TV series ‘Grand Designs’ will visit people in their wildness homes and get to experience first-hand the wonder of life in these stunning locations.

    Our research team in London is currently looking for suitable stories to feature in the series and we’re keen to contact people who may be interested in taking part.

    I came across your website and I thought I would contact you so see if you know of any British/Irish ex-pat families living in remote wilderness locations in New Zealand that could be interested?

    I am attaching a jpeg flyer, do feel free to forward on this information or post on your Webpage/Facebook/Twitter/.

    Any help you can provide is much appreciated. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Many Thanks and Kind Regards,

    Cheryl Jackson

    Direct Dial: +44 (0)203 227 5996
    Switchboard: +44 (0)203 227 5900
    Fax: +44 (0)203 227 5901

    Optomen Television Limited
    102 St Pancras Way
    London NW1 9ND


    • kiwipom91 says:

      Hello there,

      I know of one person, (a relative of a friend,) who lives in a remote, wilderness location in New Zealand… I think it was a four-day hike away from a supermarket, or something like that. However, I don’t know if they’re British or Irish; they might just be Kiwi. I’ll ask my friend and get back to you.

      Awesome that you found my blog.


  9. Joyce says:

    Dear pomsawaydownunder,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in New Zealand, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,


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