Okay, I can kind of understand your daughters sentiments, so many people seem to visit - then end up relocating! One of my friends has just done the opposite, and relocated "back" to Canada, to be with her folks.
It's pretty special here, Tauranga is by the sea, but a two hour drive in winter and you are at the snow (not much snow compared to USA - but snow nonetheless). The beaches are fabulous, plenty to do.
As they say, there's no place like home!