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1. Posted by Jonnyboy24 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

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Hello

I was wondering if some of you could either confirm or allay my fears about going to NZ on a WHV at the end of this year.

My plan is to go out in November and do a bit of travelling and then do some work in Auckland for a while just to get a feel for the country. I plan on staying out there for not much longer than a year.

My problem is this: I've now been to a number parties at which I've told my plans to someone who has already been to NZ, and they've told me not to bother because the country is 'a little boring'.....

I think they were not necessarily referring to the culture and sights, but more to the nightlife and social life etc.

I take that with a pinch of salt, but it worries me a little that I've heard it from more than just a few people now. I'm not actually after a place that is ridiculously exciting - just that has enough to keep me occupied for a year or so.

Any comments?

Cheers!

2. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 10y

Well of all the countries ive visited its top of my list and i would go back tomorrow if i had the chance.I spend 2 months there in October and November 2005 and had an awesome time.
If people have told you its boring then i pity them.

When you say you want things to occupy you for a year what sort of things do you mean?

3. Posted by karolin155 (Budding Member 60 posts) 10y

Who has told you it´s not worth going to New Zealand?! I have been there for eight months and there was not one single day I was bored or didn´t know what to do. NZ is a great country, you have got everything there what good holidays or a longer stay needs: beautiful landscape, the nicest people I`ve ever met, a very good night life in all major cities and you can do nearly every kind of sport that you can imagine! If you really wonder about bad or good night life go to Queenstown/Wanaka in winter, you won´t find one quiet place. And when you like being with crazy people from all over the world and going out every night, then you should consider the Kiwi Experience-maybe that´s your thing. Probably you will have to job around also, if so then you will meet a lot of amazing people while working and they are all looking for fun at night-in bars or at the hostels- it doesen´t matter.
Like Reece said if I had the chance I would go back tomorrow too. It was the best time in my life I have ever had and I only can confirm you in going to NZ. You won´t be sorry!
Hope that helped a little bit... Although it´s only a onesided view (I can´t tell anything bad about NZ)

4. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 10y

I've been living in NZ (in total) for nearly 3 years.
I've travelled all over the place the first time I was here, so I guess I can tell you in a few words what I like/don't like:

I love that there is no smokes/cigarettes in pubs, bec it is law now, to go and have one outside.
there is lots of life music and there is most time always something going on (depending on in which city/town you are, what day it is etc.)

What I don't like is (I haven't gone out in Auckland though)that there is no REAL Club. I love to dance to GOOD music, but the only thing I've found was pubs where you can dance, or where they take the pool tables out to do so.
In some places they play the same songs/type of music all the time. I hate it!

I definitely agree, that NZ is not boring. But it depends a lot on your attitude, where you are, with who you spend your time with, what you like etc.
There could be nothing worse for me, to go out with people who are just into drinking and getting on the piss (that's the case for many kiwis though) But I'll have the best time, if there's awesome music in a really cool club...

Another thing I wanted to mention: if you come to NZ, don't spend too much time in Auckland. Auckland is not (the real)NZ!

5. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 611 posts) 10y

Jonny, this is a unique situation! I've never heard anybody slag off New Zealand at all!
Sure, it is a quieter place than Australia or New Zealand if we're talking about dancing pissed on the beach every night, but that's not the sort of benchmark I would use to judge a country. That kind of nightlife is there if and when you want it - and I'm not knocking it - but New Zealand's appeal is perhaps a bit less in-yer-face than other places.
The beaches don't really compare with Australia, so maybe that's what some people have whinged about. I love Australia too, but the two countries must never be compared, as they are completely different.

New Zealand is no good if you don't like travelling through empty sweeping roads, through stunning natural scenery. It's no good if you want constant sun, as it has a temperate climate, much like the UK, but this is what makes it so green and beautiful.

And the most 'spiritual' event of our RTW trip was a tour around the Waitangi Treaty Grounds near Paihia in Northland, where we experienced a visit to a Marae.

The only bad thing I had to say about NZ when I left after 7 weeks was that driving standards are appalling! They have a law stating that oncoming traffic has the right to turn across you into a side road - an accident waiting to happen if ever there was one.

6. Posted by Jonnyboy24 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Thanks for all the comments. In a way I find it really reassuring that it's not a dancing pissed on the beach every night kind of place. Not my thing at all really.

I have heard loads and loads of positive comments as opposed to only a couple of negatives so NZ here I come....

Bring on November.

Ta

7. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 10y

Quoting Kathi20

What I don't like is (I haven't gone out in Auckland though)that there is no REAL Club. I love to dance to GOOD music, but the only thing I've found was pubs where you can dance, or where they take the pool tables out to do so.
In some places they play the same songs/type of music all the time. hate it!

You live in Te Awamutu, what do you expect

8. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 10y

Quoting Jonnyboy24

My problem is this: I've now been to a number parties at which I've told my plans to someone who has already been to NZ, and they've told me not to bother because the country is 'a little boring'.....Any comments?

Cheers!

These people are absolute Prats, & deserve to be flogged to
death with limp celery

9. Posted by Jonnyboy24 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

I'll go and get some celery....

10. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

Just to reiterate what everyone else has said, New Zealand is awesome.