New Zealand

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    Apr 28, 2016 7:54 PM GMT
    I am considering taking an extended trip to New Zealand and would like to know which city is the most gay friendly and which city is the most inexpensive to live in.

    I am doing research and so far Auckland seems to be the most expensive. Anyone who has been there or live there, please give me some advice about cities, location, climate gay friendliness, etc.
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    Apr 28, 2016 7:58 PM GMT
    Also when is the off season for tourist. I would like to go when there are the least amount of tourist, but not during total winter, maybe late fall.
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    Apr 29, 2016 12:20 PM GMT
    North Island is more populated. South Island is more touristy.

    Auckland is by far the most expensive city. I found Wellington a bit cheaper, but its still not cheap. Its more of a 9-5 town cause of all the government workers, but it also has a hipster queer/art scene. Christchurch on the south island is still a mess from the earthquakes and never really recovered. I found it really depressing there. Dunedin way down south is a cute uni town with some beautiful surroundings, but pretty closeted guys cause its a bit more socially conservative down there.

    Auckland is definitely the gayest city, but also the most expensive. If you end up there be sure to get up north to 90mile beach or Waipu.
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    Apr 29, 2016 10:26 PM GMT
    mecduplateau saidNorth Island is more populated. South Island is more touristy.

    Auckland is by far the most expensive city. I found Wellington a bit cheaper, but its still not cheap. Its more of a 9-5 town cause of all the government workers, but it also has a hipster queer/art scene. Christchurch on the south island is still a mess from the earthquakes and never really recovered. I found it really depressing there. Dunedin way down south is a cute uni town with some beautiful surroundings, but pretty closeted guys cause its a bit more socially conservative down there.

    Auckland is definitely the gayest city, but also the most expensive. If you end up there be sure to get up north to 90mile beach or Waipu.


    Oh cool. The places you listed are locations that I was considering. I was hoping though that Christchurch had recovered, sad that they haven't. I read good things about the city.

    Thanks for the info. And if you have more feel free to post. :-)

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    Apr 29, 2016 11:01 PM GMT
    There is a difference between the landscapes of the North and South Islands, so I hope you experience both. NZ legalised gay partnerships decades ago and is a safe place to travel. Of course the smaller towns will be similar in outlook to small towns in the US. Auckland and Wellington are cities and really do not give you a taste of the real NZ. Stay in the smaller towns to experience life. In the North island, consider Keri Keri, Tauranga, Taupo and Rotoroa. In the South Island, try Wanaka, Te Anau, Dunedin and Nelson. Hiking is cheap in NZ and a great way to save money; the hut fees for an overnight stay are not high. But hiking, or tramping as it is called, is a summer activity. There are plenty of walks to do with breathtaking scenery. Fruit picking is a popular summer job for young visitors and great fun too. Or try working on a sheep station for a bit. Have fun.
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    Apr 30, 2016 3:53 AM GMT
    I'm planning a 10 day trip to run the Queenstown marathon in Nov.
    http://queenstown-marathon.co.nz/

    Really looking forward to it!
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    Apr 30, 2016 5:58 AM GMT
    Longblack saidThere is a difference between the landscapes of the North and South Islands, so I hope you experience both. NZ legalised gay partnerships decades ago and is a safe place to travel. Of course the smaller towns will be similar in outlook to small towns in the US. Auckland and Wellington are cities and really do not give you a taste of the real NZ. Stay in the smaller towns to experience life. In the North island, consider Keri Keri, Tauranga, Taupo and Rotoroa. In the South Island, try Wanaka, Te Anau, Dunedin and Nelson. Hiking is cheap in NZ and a great way to save money; the hut fees for an overnight stay are not high. But hiking, or tramping as it is called, is a summer activity. There are plenty of walks to do with breathtaking scenery. Fruit picking is a popular summer job for young visitors and great fun too. Or try working on a sheep station for a bit. Have fun.


    Thanks for the info, another poster mentioned Dunedin, so I will definitely put that on the list. I really do want to explore both islands while I am in that hemisphere, never know when I will get another chance.

    Would like to explore a few coastal locales, mountainous regions as well as plains or tundras if any are there.

    Feel free to post more if you have more suggestions :-)
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    Apr 30, 2016 5:59 AM GMT
    MarathonManiac saidI'm planning a 10 day trip to run the Queenstown marathon in Nov.
    http://queenstown-marathon.co.nz/

    Really looking forward to it!


    Sounds cool.
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    Apr 30, 2016 9:56 AM GMT
    Auckland, Queenstown and Wellington are certainly the most expensive places in NZ but easily try couchsurfing or homesitting.

    www.kiwihousesitters.co.nz

    Or try volunteering here and stay for rural NZ... Maybe I should say provincial NZ as it appeals more. Popular during summer and a bohemian arty town where the coffee is good

    http://www.autumnfarm.com/page6/index.html

    Hopefully you find somewhere suitable and visit the way you would want to with the matching cost.

    I live in Auckland but Queenstown is my favourite city in NZ
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    Apr 30, 2016 3:18 PM GMT
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    mecduplateau saidNorth Island is more populated. South Island is more touristy.

    Auckland is by far the most expensive city. I found Wellington a bit cheaper, but its still not cheap. Its more of a 9-5 town cause of all the government workers, but it also has a hipster queer/art scene. Christchurch on the south island is still a mess from the earthquakes and never really recovered. I found it really depressing there. Dunedin way down south is a cute uni town with some beautiful surroundings, but pretty closeted guys cause its a bit more socially conservative down there.

    Auckland is definitely the gayest city, but also the most expensive. If you end up there be sure to get up north to 90mile beach or Waipu.


    Oh cool. The places you listed are locations that I was considering. I was hoping though that Christchurch had recovered, sad that they haven't. I read good things about the city.

    Thanks for the info. And if you have more feel free to post. :-)




    If you end up down south in Dunedin make sure to get out of town and over to Sandfly Bay to see the seals and penguins. The sand dunes are massive! Moeraki just north of Dunedin is pretty touristy, but kind of interesting with rock volcanic rock formations that will make you wonder how they got there.

    If you're up north, I can recommend Opononi enough. Plus... gay dolphins. And the Waipoua forest is right nearby with the oldest cody trees on the planet including one called Tane Mahuta that is pretty crazy to see. Also just south of Auckland is Rotorua which has some impressive volcanic mud pits that are fun. And just off the coast of Auckland and easily accessible by ferry is Rangitoto, a volcano island that is now a nature reserve that you can hike up and visit cool lava caves.

    Have fun. NZ is the shit!

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    May 01, 2016 12:41 PM GMT
    Consider these hikes:

    1. Reapehu one day traverse - amazing
    2. Routeburn track
    3. Milford track
    4. Keppler walk
    5. Lake Waikaremoana track
    6. Queen Charlotte walkway

    There are many more. But I have done these ones and enjoyed them. You meet so many interesting people too.