Kevin is a USA-trained Consultant Psychiatrist originally from Texas and had been living in Washington State until moving to New Zealand. In November 2021 Kevin and his partner relocated to live and work in Wellington, New Zealand. The young professional couple were keen to embark on an overseas adventure and specifically decided on New Zealand having visited previously and as Kevin states, ‘because it is beautiful’. Wellington was one of the more unique & attractive locations Kevin had visited and finding a suitable position in the capital city was relatively straight-forward.
Kevin shares his thoughts and insights about his time in Wellington so far.
What was your first impression of the city, how has this met your expectations and what have you got involved with in the community?
Overwhelmed! Although this is to be expected moving to a new country, city, and culture and then having to navigate immigration, finding a house, setting up a bank account, getting a car and driving on the opposite side of road. Having some days to adjust was very helpful. Overall, it met our expectations, and we were happy to find a furnished rental house to live in (although costs are quite pricey). I have joined a soccer team and go to a local climbing gym. My partner got a government job in Wellington city to meet people but has since left.
What is the cost of living like?
We pay $3700 NZD every month for a furnished house with bills and internet included. It is worth the extra price to avoid buying furniture and it is conveniently located on a bus line/walking distance to downtown. Groceries and restaurants are noticeably more expensive compared to the US. At least tipping is not expected.
What do you do in your spare time and how is the social scene?
My partner knew a couple of people from the US so we had some acquaintances with moving over. Otherwise, I have mostly met people through work and playing soccer. The access to nature and availability of beautiful hiking is unparalleled. We often go hiking and exploring new places around Wellington. We have extended time we can travel to a new city or region in NZ. The airport is very convenient, and no flights are more than 1.5 hours.
What are your thoughts about your decision to move to Wellington?
Wellington is an amazing city. Compact and walkable yet has a metropolitan feel with all the amenities of a capital city. Great food, lots of breweries, access to nature and hikes. A convenient airport and easy to hop on the ferry to the South Island.
If Kevin’s journey has inspired you and you would like more information about the process to live and work in New Zealand, please get in touch with us for more information. We have helped Psychiatrists, Radiologists and many other Medical Specialists find work and settle in New Zealand and we look forward to helping you too.