NZ Virtual Tour.

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
I'd love to tramp (backpack) the length and breadth of NZ. thanks for the inspiring photos. I'm sure my kids would want to come along and surf all day at the beach.

The other thing I heard about NZ is that folks are by in large friendly and nice to tourists, especially respectful ones - true?

Oh yeah, I've known a couple of folks who abandoned the US and moved to En Zed full time full stop. Interestingly before they left, one of these chaps (it was around 2002/3) said that if you emigrate to New Zealand, you can't send your money back to the US, it all has to stay in New Zealand.

On the rugby front 2019 RWC: England beating the All Blacks was an upset, although not as stunning as Japan beating Ireland and then Scotland in their pool...
 

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Dioltach

Legend
On the rugby front 2019 RWC: England beating the All Blacks was an upset, although not as stunning as Japan beating Ireland and then Scotland in their pool...

I wasn't upset at all about the England win! :)

Actually, I'm not sure either was such an upset. Japan had already shown how good they could be, the only real surprise was that they could so it consistently. And England were a 50-50 ref's call away from beating the All Blacks the year before. Sure, the ABs had put Ireland to the sword the week before, but so had England in the Six Nations and in the summer, and then England demolished the Aussies in the QF. So the win wasn't such a huge surprise, but the totality perhaps was.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
I'd love to tramp (backpack) the length and breadth of NZ. thanks for the inspiring photos. I'm sure my kids would want to come along and surf all day at the beach.

The other thing I heard about NZ is that folks are by in large friendly and nice to tourists, especially respectful ones - true?

Oh yeah, I've known a couple of folks who abandoned the US and moved to En Zed full time full stop. Interestingly before they left, one of these chaps (it was around 2002/3) said that if you emigrate to New Zealand, you can't send your money back to the US, it all has to stay in New Zealand.

On the rugby front 2019 RWC: England beating the All Blacks was an upset, although not as stunning as Japan beating Ireland and then Scotland in their pool...

Generally it's true. Chatty bunch. Bit more laid back than a lot of countries perhaps.
 


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So where do you live you kiwi hillbilly? I live in Dunedin, Otago.

I knew the Dunedin of Arnor and Gondor, nice to meet one from Otago.

Err, sorry about the joke, I just wanted to say cool idea for a thread and looking forward to seeing more.
 

GreyLord

Legend
Well, thus far I've learned that New Zealand is far bigger than I thought. It looks to have more land than Germany or some other large European nations.

What is the price of living like compared to someplace like...the US Midwest, California, London England, Rural Ireland, or Frankfurt Germany (I know, all different economics and prices of living, which is why I listed the variety)?

Is it fairly cheap, and how hard is it to get a place in a more rural area for a retired individual who may become an ex-pat?

Are there a lot of creatures with highly poison toxic bits and stings like Australia?

How often do typhoons hit and how do you guys stay safe from them?
 

Mistwell

Crusty Old Meatwad (he/him)
My daughter is hoping to someday attend an Irish Dance competition in NZ. Sadly it looks like none of the Irish Dance schools in NZ are close to Dunedin (closest are all in Christchurch).
 

Zardnaar

Legend
My daughter is hoping to someday attend an Irish Dance competition in NZ. Sadly it looks like none of the Irish Dance schools in NZ are close to Dunedin (closest are all in Christchurch).

Christchurch might be the best city to live in here. It's big enough to do most things, great location, pretty, and avoids Auckland's problems. Also good location for heading inland.
 


Zardnaar

Legend
Well, thus far I've learned that New Zealand is far bigger than I thought. It looks to have more land than Germany or some other large European nations.

What is the price of living like compared to someplace like...the US Midwest, California, London England, Rural Ireland, or Frankfurt Germany (I know, all different economics and prices of living, which is why I listed the variety)?

Is it fairly cheap, and how hard is it to get a place in a more rural area for a retired individual who may become an ex-pat?

Are there a lot of creatures with highly poison toxic bits and stings like Australia?

How often do typhoons hit and how do you guys stay safe from them?

Typhoons are basically unheard of. Nothing poisonous no snakes, ticks etc. Katapo spider in the sea is about the worst we've got.

Price of living varies but generally housing is expensive. Cheaper in rural areas.

House where I live us about 350k USD for something decent, Auckland double that.

Rent is also expensive. Consumer goods are more expensive than USA.

I don't find food that badly priced relative to wages.

Meats expensive.

If you have an ok or good job and own house freehold it's quite good. Housing crisis.

NZ about 1/3rd smaller than Germany, bigger than UK, but smaller than Italy.

Ballpark Spain/France/Italy/UK Germany in size.
 
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