NZ House & Garden - - HOMES -

t’s a small thing, but it’s some­thing I love – ev­ery­body waves when they’re driv­ing,” says Craig Reid of the lo­cals at his home-away-from-home, Great Bar­rier Is­land. “When I’ve been there for two or three weeks, I come home and think, no­body waves! It’s old-school New Zealand. No one locks up. Some of the lo­cals even leave their keys in the car when they go to the air­port. And you see a few signs up that say ‘To the per­son who “bor­rowed” my so-and-so, can you please re­turn it?’ And it usu­ally turns up.”

Life on Great Bar­rier Is­land is good, in other words. In the sum­mer­time, Auck­land-based businessman Craig, his wife Nikki and their four 20-some­thing kids live on the cray­fish, paua and snap­per they catch them­selves. “Worst case sce­nario, we have mus­sels,” says Craig. “If we can’t catch any­thing we’ll just walk across the road and pick some mus­sels off the rock – last week­end we had mus­sels for din­ner twice.” >

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