Alan came to New-Zealand from the U.K. in 2002, mainly out of curiosity. Many people over the years had told him he'd love it and they were right: the diverse beauty of the country and the easy nature of the people are easy to love. He lived in Wellington for about five years where he completed a Diploma at Massey University before finding a job as a Travel Consultant. During this time he started to think about building a house, and developing a tourism business of his own.
Susie was born in Gisborne and grew up in Tauranga, where she planted a Kauri tree that grew up to be considerably taller than she is. In 1989 she embarked on an O.E. to the U.K., found herself to be inexplicably suited to the climate and made Brighton her home for 15 years. In 2004, older and wiser (though still somewhat shorter than the Kauri), she returned to New-Zealand to live permanently, settling in Wellington, finding a job as a Travel Consultant and meeting Alan at office drinks that first Friday.