Where to live in New Zealand??
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 7, 2012 1:57 AM Last Post By: barrygregory
Oct 2, 2012 8:01 PM
Where to live in New Zealand??Hi,
My partner and I are in our mid-20's, currently living in New Plymouth. I am from England and have been a here for a few months, my partner was brought up here. We want to move away but don't really know where. We have been up to Paihia/Kerikeri and Coromandel and love both those places, but we're also quite sociable people and think these places may be too small. We love being outdoors; fishing, surfing, snorkelling etc. South of here will be too cold for us. My partner is a diesel mechanic and may be interested in working on boats.
If anyone has any suggestions for us to consider we'd be very grateful.
Oct 2, 2012 10:20 PM
Oct 2, 2012 10:31 PM
2Nelson, Picton and Blenheim are in the south island but at the very top so its not as cold as Christchurch or further south. Plenty of outdoor activities around there, includng Abel tasman national park which is a must and one of the most amazing places in NZ. These places tend to have better weather than the southern north island so I recommend you should look into them, plus kaiteriteri beach is amongst the top 5 beaches in NZ.
Oct 2, 2012 10:50 PM
3Tauranga has a reputation for paying low wages. However, there is a very port there so probably more opportunities for a diesel mechanic than some other places - on the boats, on the trucks, or on the trains. Climate is reasonable but it still gets bloody cold there (as does anything below the Bombays) and the wind can be unrelenting.
Another option might be Whangarei. I shudder slightly at the thought (I lived there a lifetime ago, but I'm sure it;s improved), but there is a yacht mariner and it's bigger than Kerikeri/Paihia that you mention. If you lived out Onerahi way or further out, it might be quite nice.
Oct 3, 2012 8:41 AM
4I live in Whangarei, and like anywhere else in NZ the level of infrastructure and living/working conditions have vastly improved the city and its outlook over the past 20 years. I reallly like it here, with the area being big enough to enjoy most things, but small enough so as not to get caught in commuter traffic, or pay high prices for housing. Having a sub-tropical climate makes for warmer winters compared to most parts of NZ.
The boat building and associated boat industry in Whangarei can't get enough skilled people apparently. Auckland is just about 2 hours drive away which means we can access cultural and sporting events relatviely easily. Same too with reaching Auckland airport for international flights. And Paihia for some r&r and sailing is only 1 hour away.
Oct 3, 2012 11:53 AM
Oct 3, 2012 3:44 PM
6Nelson, somewhere near Tauranga (but not in Tauranga), or Whangarei (and I am in exactly the same situation as herenthere, and still suggest it!)
Oct 5, 2012 6:41 PM
7We live in Marlborough, 10mins outside of Blenheim. It an awesome area, great climate, lots of vineyards, heaps outdoors stuff to do. My wife is into her horses and I scuba dive/fish a lot.
Blenheim is a bit underwhelming, so if you are a city slicker, it might not suit.
Plenty of work here, depending on what you are willing to do.
Oct 6, 2012 10:39 PM
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