Of Clouds and Kiwis

The musings, memories and adventures of the Robbins family

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Keeping it real in the land of the long white cloud

A South African family on a Kiwi adventure – why we did it, how we did it, what we love, what we don’t, what we miss and the things we won’t. These are some of our experiences, packaged into pieces that are long enough to sink your teeth into, but short enough to finish before your coffee.

Written to share and encourage and, if possible, give some real, raw insights into what it meant to move from the land we love and settle into a land that has warmly welcomed us as though we belong. A small country with a great big heart, epic scenery and down-to earth people who just happen to live at the very bottom of the world. And we love it.

Keeping it real in the land of the long white cloud





New Zealand Facts

New Zealand Facts

Land size:  268 021 km² (two islands – North Island and South Island and about 600 smaller islands)

Population: 4.693 million (2016)

Language: English, Māori

Capital: Wellington

Largest city: Auckland

The Maori name of New Zealand is Aotearoa which means the land of the long white cloud.

I would personally go to New Zealand just to say that I visited the town with the longest place name in the world. Want to take a guess? No?

Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu.

Yes, that is a word…