One of my brothers and his family (wife, boys 12 and 10) are moving from Norway to New Zealand for nine months (the maximum allowed on a regular visa) probably from this August.
(The standing joke is that they're moving from to the country that is both the furthest away from and looks the most like Norway.)
They would like to live in on the South Island (they like mountains and are very outdoorsy) in a small but not tiny town (as a frame of reference, there's 200k people in the town they live in in Norway; anything larger is big). They originally looked at Nelson, but the schools there apparently don't allow foreigners.
They're having some trouble finding another location with a school that will take them. And they can't get the visa (or accommodation for that matter) sorted out until they have the school situation in order.
Any Kiwis have any sage advice? On that or other matters. (I'm allowing myself the batsignal of @lonelyahava
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