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How we’re dwelling in ‘paradise’, New Zealand, working in Australia, and ‘{golfing}’ in each nations

Kiwis Peter Stewart and Lin Wee have spent greater than twenty years dwelling and dealing in Melbourne, Australia, however household, and the sights of small-town Te Anau are pulling them dwelling.

A possibility to purchase a small lakeside home sight unseen – one which Stewart had admired whereas on vacation waterskiing as a youngster 40-plus years earlier – helps to seal the deal.

The good tech enterprise homeowners, who run Related Houses in Australia and New Zealand (however primarily based in Melbourne), had been in Queenstown in July final 12 months when the borders closed, leaving them “caught” in Te Anau, Southland, for 4 and a half months, staying with Stewart’s mother and father.

“We sat in Te Anau considering, What is going to we do…” Stewart says, “So we wrote a marketing strategy to concentrate on Engolfed, the golf simulator aspect of our enterprise.”

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Wee constructed the golf simulator’s web site they usually launched it in December final 12 months.

The Engolfed system, which prices $50,000 to $100,000 to put in, is a “room of enjoying golf”, Stewart explains.

It comes with a floor-to-ceiling “impression display screen” on which any golf course on the planet might be forged, and which is surrounded by padding to catch the true life golf ball hit by the participant’s actual life golf equipment. It makes use of radar and lasers to evaluate distance, route, and to offer suggestions on {golfing} prowess.

Stewart and Lee developed a business plan for their golf simulator business Engolfed during last year’s lockdown.


Stewart and Lee developed a marketing strategy for his or her golf simulator enterprise Engolfed throughout final 12 months’s lockdown.

“It collects a lot information,” Stewart says. “All the golf professionals have certainly one of these to practise with.”

They realised they may simply handle their enterprise in Australia remotely, whereas rising their New Zealand enterprise, primarily within the greatest close by centre, Queenstown.

Wee says their staff in Melbourne, which supplies dwelling automation and leisure programs, is small and close-knit.

“They do not want supervising or managing to finish the work,” Stewart provides. “Our function is to do the advertising and marketing and take care of purchasers from an admin and coaching perspective.”

Stewart says their technical director, Simon D’Arcy-Evans, is “so skilled with web and networks, it doesn’t matter the place on the planet we’re putting in, he can log in and do the fine-tuning.”

The lakeside Te Anau home that the pair bought sight unseen – except for from the outside 40-plus years earlier.


The lakeside Te Anau dwelling that the pair purchased sight unseen – aside from from the skin 40-plus years earlier.

In March final 12 months, Stewart, 59, who grew up in Dipton, Southland, took a name from his mom. “She mentioned, ‘You realize that home on the lake you actually like? There’s a tiny For Sale signal out entrance.’

“Once we used to return water-skiing as youngsters, it’s reverse the boat ramp. I at all times used to have a look at it and assume it will be nice to dwell there. Forty-five years later, it comes up on the market.”

At the moment, Covid meant they had been locked in Australia, in order that they ended up shopping for the home sight unseen.

The view across Lake Te Anau, the largest of the southern glacial lakes.


The view throughout Lake Te Anau, the biggest of the southern glacial lakes.

“The concept was it will be essentially the most excellent spot to construct our without end dwelling,” Stewart says. “It had a tiny little home. We appeared into the price of demolishing the home and began to undergo the constructing course of.”

However Wee says her concepts on sustainability meant she didn’t wish to ship the cottage to landfill.

They met two brothers who had purchased a vacant block of land in Mossburn, 60km additional inland, and bought it to them for $25,000.

Whereas the couple work on their new home plans, which they intend to construct to passive home requirements, they’re staying with Stewart’s mother and father.

“My mother and father are getting older,” he says. “They retired off the farm in Dipton 14 years in the past, so I wish to spend extra time with them. They love Lin, and Lin loves them, so it’s a cheerful household state of affairs.”

Their new dwelling will after all even have all of the good know-how their firm supplies, together with absolutely automated lighting, blinds, safety, heating and cooling.

How do they discover dwelling in Te Anau, inhabitants 2930, in comparison with Melbourne, inhabitants 5.15 million?

“Each time we come over right here, I don’t wish to return, so I find yourself staying longer,” Wee says.

Stewart agrees that Te Anau, recognized for being the gateway to Fiordland and Milford Sound, is “paradise”. He significantly likes the small neighborhood really feel.

“Everybody cares for one another,” he says, “Issues nonetheless occur on a handshake right here.”

He provides the instance of a piece state of affairs wherein he was requested to arrange safety programs for dairy farms.

“I don’t have a warehouse filled with cables. The man in-store at 100% Fiordland Electrical gave me containers of cables, and mentioned: ‘Simply let me know what you utilize.’ We needed to ask him for an bill [afterwards].

“In Melbourne, no provider would allow you to stroll out the door with their product.”

Lin Wee and Peter Stewart on Lake Te Anau in their Noelex 22 (they have since upgraded to a Noelex 25).


Lin Wee and Peter Stewart on Lake Te Anau of their Noelex 22 (they’ve since upgraded to a Noelex 25).

The pair are having fun with what nature has to supply of their reclaimed homeland. They like crusing on Lake Te Anau, and have purchased a Noelex 25 yacht.

“We like overnighting, fishing, cruising round,” Stewart says. “We additionally love all of the bike tracks; there’s a lot of good ones. You’ll be able to experience from right here throughout to Queenstown, catch the Earnslaw [steamboat] into city.”

Wee, 44, who grew up in Auckland, says she’s at all times been a “metropolis lady”.

The Te Anau glowworm cave system is a popular tourist attraction.


The Te Anau glowworm cave system is a well-liked vacationer attraction.

“I’ve simply reached a degree the place I’m desirous to discover extra nature hikes, cycle journeys and getting out of the concrete jungle.”

They’ll nonetheless spend time in Australia, visiting for maybe 10 days a month as soon as their Te Anau house is accomplished subsequent 12 months. Stewart says the commute between Te Anau and Melbourne isn’t tough: “It doesn’t take for much longer than commuting to Auckland.”

“We drive to Queenstown and fly direct to Melbourne. It’s six hours door-to-door,” Stewart says.

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And naturally, of their Southland dwelling they will additionally get pleasure from golf; Stewart has a extra established passion than Wee, who solely acquired her first set of golf golf equipment two Christmases in the past.

However each plan to affix the Te Anau Golf Membership “now that the solar’s out”. And when Stewart seems like a drive again to his hometown, Dipton, he says there’s a “lovely little nine-hole course” there.

He says they’ve had some stress to construct a golf simulator in downtown Te Anau, however for now they’re resisting – they’ll have a devoted room of their new home as a substitute.

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