Barbara Scott has found settling into Oamaru a breeze; something she puts down to the friendliness of the locals.
Ms Scott has been in Oamaru for just under a year, originally coming from Switzerland.
"I was looking on the internet for a place to live and I liked the coast," she said. "I find the people really friendly and they are down to earth."
Ms Scott said joining the Waitaki Newcomers Network also assisted her with meeting new people.
"New people need to get out," she said. "I found everybody very helpful. That's what I liked about it."
Ms Scott moved to New Zealand to be closer to her son, who owns a bakery in Arrowtown.
She also lived in Arrowtown but is pleased with her move to Oamaru.
"I didn't find it hard in Oamaru," she said.
"When I was looking for a house, I always came back to Oamaru."
Ms Scott said she enjoyed the atmosphere the Victorian heritage brought the town.
She also enjoys attending the Farmers' Market each week.
"It's a very social occasion," she said.
Ms Scott has also found attending the Newcomers Coffee morning to be extremely beneficial.
If you would like any more information on the Waitaki Newcomers Network, phone (03) 434 7544.
Would you like to feature in this new section available through the Oamaru Mail? We'd love to share with readers the story of your homeland, why you chose to move to the district and what you value about becoming an Oamaruvian.
Contact reporter Jessie Waite on 433-0536 for more details.