Originally Posted by FrancisJames
You sound like you're looking for exactly the same as we were were - wanting to live somewhere close to well paid work, bit of land, nice views, reasonable cost, good climate, great schools. We couldn't find anything that matched that in our price bracket. We would have needed well over a million dollars and even then still be faced with a tiresome commute to both schools and work.
Eventually we found what we were looking for. Unfortunately it wasn't in New Zealand but in Australia.
Hi Francis - where in Australia are you? Australia is a big place when compared with NZ, and there's a huge difference between (say) Sydney or Perth, and living in a city or a rural area outside. Where you live can make a huge difference to your experience.