Prague, Czech Republic to Christchurch, New Zealand

Name: Petr Pribyl

Job title: Supplier Development Engineer

I moved from: Prague, Czech Republic

I moved to: Christchurch, New Zealand

I arrived in New Zealand: January, 2016

Petr Prybl

What do you enjoy most about living in New Zealand and in your city?

What people usually love the most about New Zealand is nature and I am not an exception. Location of Christchurch is ideal for me – it’s on the east coast, almost in the middle of South Island close to mountains and lakes. If you want to go surfing after work, you can go to Sumner or New Brighton. If you want to go biking or running you can, here are plenty of trails around. Thanks to its location you have lots of options for weekends – Kaikoura/Arthur’s pass/Tekapo, all these great spots are close and easy to get to. But it’s not only the nature that makes New Zealand great, it’s people as well. There are very friendly and they respect each other. But if you don’t want to meet anyone, you can go off the city and you can be only on your own within minutes. South Island has about 1 million inhabitants. That’s even less that Prague has on area twice as big as Czech Republic. Everyone here has lot of space.

What do you miss most about your home country? 

Family and friends. Thanks to Facebook/Skype and other communicators I am in touch with everybody, but it will never replace face to face communication. Luckily for me I have found really good friends in here as well, but that does not mean that I forget about old friends on the other side of the world, that’s not what friends do.

What was your biggest challenge in relocating to New Zealand?

The most difficult part was to sign my resignation in previous company and signing the new contract. Even if I knew that I want to do it, that two little signatures started the biggest change of my life. All other activities like moving out of my flat, sorting work visa were much easier, you just have to do it.

What is the best experience you have had since arriving in New Zealand?

Flight with Grumman Ag-Cat biplane above Pukaki lake during sunny day. There were many great experiences as well like riding the first wave on surf and wakeboarding on Tekapo lake but that flight was probably the strongest one.

What advice would you give to others who may be contemplating moving to New Zealand?

This is a big decision and a big change. It is good to write down all pros and cons on a paper, just put these thoughts off your head and let your eyes see it. It helped me to make a good decision which this move definitely was.

What was your experience of working with The Talent Hive?

From the very beginning I had a feeling that The Talent Hive cares. During interview process I knew exactly what is going on, what will be next steps and after signing the contract Matt was still in touch with me to make sure that everything goes well and I am settling down in New Zealand in the best possible way.