CASTLE Hill couple Corrinne and Murray Mills said it's "incredible" how fast 50 years has gone by.
The New Zealand nationals, who have lived in Castle Hill for 33 years, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on March 14 with a dinner with close friends and family.
They met through a mutual friend in 1961 and started dating a few months later.
Mrs Mills (nee Reid) remembers going for a "lovely" picnic during their first date.
"People didn't have a lot of money those days so you had to get creative to date," she said.
"Murray would hitchhike from his university outside of Christchurch to come and visit me."
After 2½ years of dating they got married in the Knox Presbyterian Church in Reefton in 1964.
"We look at the photographs and it seems it was a short time ago."
They have four daughters and seven grandchildren.
Mrs Mills said she was attracted to Mr Mills' personality and how much fun he is.
"He still is good fun to be with," she said.
"And she was stunning then and still is now," Mr Mills said.
"She is always smiling and what you see is what you get; there is no subterfuge with her."
When asked if he had any advice for newlyweds, Mr Mills said it's important to "go back to the basics and put less concentration on the material things".
And Mrs Mills believes the secret to a successful marriage is sharing everything, never holding a grudge, having no secrets and looking after each other.