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To all those in NZ whatsd o you think.

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1. Posted by ballsrburn (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

As I am getting very negative feedback on NZ in other forums, I want to know what people actually think of the country, who are there or who have been there recently.

A honest no holds barred approach would appreciated good or bad.


2. Posted by Windmill (Full Member 125 posts) 10y

What forums would these be???

3. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Negative feedback on New Zealand!????? You're joking!

What are they saying??

NZ is awesome.

4. Posted by ballsrburn (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Web site is british expats to name just 1.

the comments tend to be about the boring nature of the place, the domestic stuff like low wages high prices of fuel bills etc. the high number of pikeee kids in their scoobys.Lack of culture etc.

5. Posted by Windmill (Full Member 125 posts) 10y

Remember that they are LIVING there for good (expats) so you have to understand that little things like the cost of petrol, the lack of Bovril, etc are going to be little things people gripe about.

I'm moving there for a year to work and I'm using for information and find everyone more than helpful in filling me in on day to day things. There are the odd few people who are not happy with some things but overall everyone loves it. It's an amazing place, don't let some small minded people put you off mate!

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4890 posts) 10y

Wow, I don't know what these people expected of New Zealand (pubs and clubs from coast to coast maybe?) but they obviously haven't quite grasped the reason why everyone who raves about New Zealand raves about it.
New Zealand is pure unspoiled beauty. Within mere hours from each other you can find active volcanic landscapes, gentle rolling green hills, snowcapped mountains that do complete justice to their name "the Southern Alps", the most lushly green rainforests you have ever beheld, and glacier-filled lakes shining with startlingly-blue water that will suck your soul out through your very eyes with their beauty, so that thereafter all you can do is forever watch it cavort there over the blue waves.
You can hike for days over its tens of thousands of walking trails, not meeting anyone for hours or days at a time, seeing no signs of human habitation whatsoever other than the occassional signs to let you know that you're still on the right track. There's penguins and seals and whales and more kinds of rare birds than you can shake a stick at. There's bungy jumping, skydiving and zorbing, whitewater rafting, blackwater rafting and swimming with the dolphins. And that's barely touching the surface of everything New Zealand has to offer.
And more, Kiwis appreciate that they have all this. They take in their beautiful country themselves, and are proud of being able to share it with visitors.

Yes, there's tiny boring South Island "cities" where nothing ever happens, and yes, technology generally runs a year or two behind compared to Europe (at least pricewise). But Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch are big cities in every sense of the word if that's your thing, and personally I can appreciate a country where the scariest thing that ever happens is that some people pushed a government official around during Waitangi day.

If there's any country in the world that I would not hesitate to relocate to, it would be New Zealand.

7. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

The old saying goes, when you land in New Zealand you have to put your clock back 20 years....And that's not meant in a bad way!

I know a few people who have re-located to NZ. When I went last Sept I stayed with my old housemate, who had moved there a year previously. She is really really happy, and has no intentions of coming back to the UK.

People don't move there for good pay, they go for the higher quality of life.

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Quoting Sander

There's penguins and seals and whales and more kinds of rare birds than you can shake a stick at.

I don't think it's wise to go around shaking sticks at rare birds!;)

I was only in NZ a month, but I'd have to say you go there for the scenery. What a stunning country! As for lack of culture, the Maori culture is pretty present everywhere. They have a fascinating history and interesting customs. I even found the Kiwi tradition of putting up white crosses along the highways very moving - I'd never seen anything like it before.

If you're an outdoors person, NZ is the place to go. Kiwis seem to have great respect for their island's natural resources. Perhaps these expats you've spoken to have the "Robinson Crusoe" syndrome: travelling to new places in the hopes to recreate home.