Life as a Kiwi Expat in the UK is great, but are you missing New Zealand? Is it time to head back Down Under or should you continue your overseas adventure?

Use our fun check list to find out.

Many New Zealanders are having a tough time in the UK at the moment. The coronavirus outbreak has hit the economy hard especially the hospitality sector where so many Kiiws find temporary work. Travel opportunities have also been severely curtailed so it is no wonder that we , at PSS, have been helping so many New Zealanders return home to what is now condiered one of the world’s few safe havens from Covid-19.

Here we are taking a fun, positive look at what New Zealand has to offer over the UK so you can start to appreciate all the good things home has to offer.

We’ve put together a fun checklist for homesick Kiwis to see if you should stay in the UK or head back home to New Zealand.
You know that someday you’ll want to return home to Aotearoa – the Land of the Long White Cloud, but is now the right time?

So check out these 20 signs that you’re homesick and missing life in New Zealand…

1. You miss real beaches – day trips to the English ‘seaside’ are just not the same

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NZ has the perfect beach for every occasion. No matter whether it’s sand, peace, surfing, rock pooling, penguin spotting or even having a thermal hot pool, New Zealand has the ideal beach for you. And there’s plenty to go around too, so you don’t have to struggle to find space for your towel the moment the sun comes out.

2. You are beginning to appreciate that Christmases in the summer are pretty cool after all

Christmas in New Zealand

Admit it – when you left NZ you fantasised about snowy winters and having Christmas by a log fire with the snow gently falling outside. The reality is overcast, damp, and a bit depressing.

3. You want to wear Jandals to work without having people judge you

jandals new zealand

Other countries say they have a casual dress code, but they don’t really mean it. Kiwis get casual. It’s a lifestyle thing.

4. The only place to get a decent coffee in London is in a New Zealand coffee shop!

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Do people really think that those chains sell decent coffee? Do you miss asking for a flat white without the ‘barista’ giving you a strange, confused look?

5. You miss sights like this and think it’s normal

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penguins crossing NZYes, there is something endearing and quirky about New Zealanders – no matter whether they’re humans or our fellow inhabitants.

It could be kea parrots having a go at your wipers or penguins crossing the road – you just come across things daily that you won’t find anywhere else.

 6. You’ve got over the thrill of cheap food and are now wondering why everything is so tasteless


OK, back home you didn’t quite have the same choice and a lot of ‘exotic’ fruit and veg required a second mortgage, but it did taste good. They may claim to have better chefs in Europe, but generally fresh ingredients are just so much better in New Zealand.


7. You’re experiencing travel fatigue after two years of visiting every European destination and Warsaw is next on your bucket list.


You’ve been just about everywhere and it’s getting harder and harder to move your growing souvenir collection every time you change flat.

8. Al Fresco dining, wearing a coat next to a busy road, just doesn’t cut it

Dining outside in london rain


9. Mum’s cooking. Need I say more?


10. You notice everyone is so tense and stressed and it’s starting to wear you down


When you arrived overseas you were the epitome of the laid back Kiwi lifestyle. You walked into a room and the place chilled. Now you increasingly find yourself screaming internally “Come on, people, PLEASE!!!!”

11. You’re finding it increasingly difficult not to scream at people who ask “Where in Australia do you come from?”


When you first left NZ you smiled good naturedly and politely corrected their ignorance. But that’s becoming increasingly difficult – especially when they shrug as if to say ‘what’s the difference?’.

12. You never thought it possible, but now you’re even starting to miss New Zealand politics


Yes, you’ve had it up to here with Trump, Brexit, etc., especially when back home you have a prime minister who’s so cool that she invited Ed Sheeran over to her house for tea and scones.

13. Living in a shoe box so you can afford to travel and be near the centre of town is losing its attraction

living in a studio flat

OK, New Zealand houses may not always have central heating and double glazing, but at least you have some personal space. Just why do double the population of New Zealand all want to live in the same city anyway?


14. You’re spending more and more of your time reading posts on forums like Kiwis In London and notice that more than half your friends in the UK are fellow Kiwis anyway

Kiwis in London Facebook

Yes, it’s true everywhere you go people are friendly. But there’s friendly, then there’s Kiwi friendly.

Kiwis In London is a great place to meet up with fellow Kiwis and Kiwis Migrating Home is helpful if you are thinking of returning down under.

 15. Kiwi treats – it never bothered you before, but now you have an increasingly unhealthy craving for many of the items below…

New Zealand foods

  • L&P
  • Pineapple lumps,
  • hokey pokey ice cream
  • sauce-topped meat pies
  • Whittakers chocolate
  • Speight’s beer
  • Pascall Jet Planes
  • NZ fish n chips
  • Moro’s
  • Squiggles
  • Watties
  • Cookie Time cookies
  • Kiwi dip
  • Arnott’s Shapes
  • Reduced Cream
  • Lamingtons
  • You name it…

16. You’re searching through Netflix in a desperate attempt to find dramas based in New Zealand, but end up just drooling over re-runs of the Lord of the Rings

tongariro lord of the rings

17. Everything is cooler about New Zealand – even the police



18. Celebrating Waitangi Day in February in the UK makes you feel so homesick

 rainy beach uk

Is winter ever going to end? You’d hope to see a little more sun and warmth by now. Waitangi Day barbeques on the beach are a distant memory.


19. Half of your British friends say they want to move to New Zealand and you realise just what you’re missing!missing new zealandThat time when you couldn’t wait to get away seems so long ago and now that you’re on the other side of the world, it looks like everyone would rather be down under!

20. Every day you feel more like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz “There’s no place like home”…

New Zealand seems further away than ever and you wish you could magically teleport yourself home by clicking your heels together, closing your eyes, and saying “There’s no place like home…”

Need help moving to New Zealand?


If you are ready to move back home to New Zealand, then give us a call.

We’d be happy to help you ship back all the treasures and belongings that you’ve acquired on your travels – no matter whether it’s just a few boxes or the contents of a 3 bedroom house with your partner and kids!

PSS International Removals are one of the UK’s leading overseas removals and shipping companies. Every year we help thousands of Kiwis and UK migrants move Down Under.

Speak to one of our team and they will give you a quote and answer all your questions on what you can and can’t take back home.

If you’re moving your house check out our New Zealand International Removals Service. If you are just sending a few boxes you can get an online box/baggage shipping quote here.