Just over a year ago we set off from Auckland in our little campervan 'Wicked Wanderings' to explore the South Island. We arrived in Picton and began our journey south staying in many wonderful places along the way. On Christmas Day 2015, we arrived in Omakau to cycle the Central Otago Rail Trail. We stayed at the Domain Camp Ground and I had this overwhelming feeling that I had come home. I mentioned to my husband that we needed to move to Central Otago. I think he thought I was crazy. This didn't deter me. I searched through property listings on the real estate app and found the beautiful old 1920's 'Doctor's House' in Lauder. The next day as we rode up the trail to Lauder we checked out the property from across the road. After calling the agent and arranging a viewing I had started the ball rolling. I could see my husband was beginning to think that maybe we could do this. We left for Ranfurly to finish the trail and drew up a pros and cons list. The pros list was huge and there wasn't much on the cons list. We arranged another viewing. This only reinforced more that this was where we wanted to be. By the time we got to Westport we had signed the contract and had bought the house.
When we arrived back in Auckland we had loads to do. Firstly, telling the family our plans and then handing in notice to our employers. We spent the next few months selling our house, organising the shipping of our possessions and hunting for new jobs. Everything was falling into place nicely. Brent managed to secure a job with Central Refrigeration, our house sold and then only a week before I was due to leave I managed to get a job teaching at Alexandra Primary School.
April 2016, arrived and our new life began in Central Otago. I find it incredible that in less than a year we have achieved so much at our new home. We refurbished two of the bedrooms ready for guests. It was wonderful having our first guests stay at Lauderburn House Bed and Breakfast. We have now welcomed people from all over the world, Canada, Malaysia, China, Australia, Great Britain and also met some lovely kiwi travelers.
Lots of people told us we were brave, adventurous or even crazy. Did we make the right decision to relocate to Central Otago? Absolutely! We totally love it down here.
I definitely feel I have come home.