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  • 142 References 111 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Dutch, English; learning Spanish
  • 49, Other
  • Member since 2006
  • Social Worker and Computer Programmer
  • Polytech and University
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About Me


To meet lots of different people from around the world. To have fun.


Pieter - I was born in the Netherlands. At age of 11 my parents emigrated to New Zealand. When I was 19 I decided to travel for a year. I went to Israel and Asia. When I came back to New Zealand I studied. 10 years ago I move to London but now I am back home in NZ.
Rae - I am a Kiwi. I follow my husband around the world. I work in IT.


Our philosophy is, if you are nice to others, they will be nice to you.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


We enjoy hosting people.


We have had people visiting and staying with us in London. And we also met different surfers at a fundraising in central London. While travelling in South America we met lots of great people through CS and now we are hosting in Nelson.


Pieter - My main interest is travelling. I enjoy meeting new people and experiencing different cultures. Also historic sites and religious buildings. And when I go to a new place we like to walk and find out what the place is all about. I also collect postcards. The reason is, it gives me a good impression of different countries and also is a nice memory of places that I have been.
Rae - I like puzzles and elephants. I have elephants postcards and stamps and lots of ornaments. I also like to travel.

  • traveling
  • puzzles
  • stamps
  • tourism
  • historic sites

Music, Movies, and Books

Pieter - I am a big fan of James Bond. I also like Dr Who (the old series), House, CSI, and Without a Trace. I also like science fiction. For music, Leonard Cohen, REM, Nick Cave, 80s and Pink. Books, anything about travelling.
Rae - Red Dwarf, B-grade horrors and thrillers, Dido, U2, Agatha Christie.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

The most amazing thing we have done was travelling through South and Central America for 1 year. We visited every country. It was very exhausting but worth the experience.

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Teach, Learn, Share

The main reason we joined CouchSurfing is to learn more about people and places around the world. And I hope that we can contribute from our experiences.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Samoa, Singapore, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City State, Venezuela, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom

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