Embrace technology. Obviously we miss our friends and family, but Facebook, Skype and Facetime really help to shrink the distance. Ramp up your privacy and confidentiality settings, of course, but stay connected with loved ones across the miles.
Read your local magazines. About a week after we arrived, the East Coast Bays Community newsletter appeared in our mailbox. Newsletters like this, and publications like The Millwater Magazine and The Westerly are a great way of finding out what’s going on in your neighbourhood, and for getting involved in local events.
Go out for brunch. NZ has a great coffee shop culture. Get to know your local cafés, and treat yourself to Eggs Benedict (aka Iggs Binny) whenever you can. Oh, and don’t panic if you’re a tea drinker. Café tea has definitely improved, and Yorkshire Tea is available in most supermarkets these days!
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