Now, what about New Zealand??

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    Jan 11, 2018 3:29 AM GMT
    Several days ago a friend of mine was talking about his trip to NZ. Now, I have read a lot about it and have had a few others I know who've lived there. He/they mentioned how really beautiful it is and how many wealthy individuals love it for the seclusion and peacefulness. I would live there, but I love my country and I think NZ is a little cooler that I normally like.
    Do you have any comments about this place? I might take a visit soon!
    Looks like a hikers dream

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    Jan 11, 2018 6:28 AM GMT
    2bnaked saidSeveral days ago a friend of mine was talking about his trip to NZ. Now, I have read a lot about it and have had a few others I know who've lived there. He/they mentioned how really beautiful it is and how many wealthy individuals love it for the seclusion and peacefulness. I would live there, but I love my country and I think NZ is a little cooler that I normally like.
    Do you have any comments about this place? I might take a visit soon!
    Looks like a hikers dream

    nz-3-752x501.jpg


    It would be difficult to get a visa to emigrate there (unless perhaps you were rich enough). But it is a great place to visit. Have hiked there, but never saw anyone hiking naked. Impressive, from the ancient Kauri forests on the north end of the north island, to the rugged beauty of the south island. No reason to spend any time in Auckland, except to get your rental car or whatever and get on the road. It was settled by the english, so there are gardens everywhere- on the south island - the roadsides seem to be planted in flowering shrubs. The only thing missing is gourmet quality restaurants. (There is some nice eating to be done in Wellington.
    Think England. One does not travel there for the food. Great hiking in the mountains on the south island. Christchurch used to be a beautiful old city, but after the devastation by the earthquakes, it might not be worth visiting anymore.
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    Jan 11, 2018 6:41 AM GMT
    The only reasion New Zealand's grass is greener than Australia's.
    Is because all the Kiwis, are over here stomping on ours.
  • Ironman4U

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    Jan 11, 2018 12:30 PM GMT
    I've traveled a fair amount in my life and NZ is, without a doubt, my favorite place on the planet. Absolutely stunning in so many ways. The landscape is amazing. You have a wide range of beauty and climates between the two islands. You have near tropical areas and colder areas with glaciers and everything in between. Most of the islands are pretty temperate and perfect for the outdoor lifestyle that Kiwis love. Lots of great hiking, some of the best "walks" in the world. The people are very friendly and welcoming, a beautiful remnant of the native Maori.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 11, 2018 1:06 PM GMT
    HikerSkier said
    2bnaked saidSeveral days ago a friend of mine was talking about his trip to NZ. Now, I have read a lot about it and have had a few others I know who've lived there. He/they mentioned how really beautiful it is and how many wealthy individuals love it for the seclusion and peacefulness. I would live there, but I love my country and I think NZ is a little cooler that I normally like.
    Do you have any comments about this place? I might take a visit soon!
    Looks like a hikers dream

    nz-3-752x501.jpg


    It would be difficult to get a visa to emigrate there (unless perhaps you were rich enough). But it is a great place to visit. Have hiked there, but never saw anyone hiking naked. Impressive, from the ancient Kauri forests on the north end of the north island, to the rugged beauty of the south island. No reason to spend any time in Auckland, except to get your rental car or whatever and get on the road. It was settled by the english, so there are gardens everywhere- on the south island - the roadsides seem to be planted in flowering shrubs. The only thing missing is gourmet quality restaurants. (There is some nice eating to be done in Wellington.
    Think England. One does not travel there for the food. Great hiking in the mountains on the south island. Christchurch used to be a beautiful old city, but after the devastation by the earthquakes, it might not be worth visiting anymore.
    Why not spend a day or two visiting and exploring Auckland because it is ranked as one of the best and most beautiful modern cities in the world. After two days in Auckland than get on the road and head up into the rugged mountains and explore the scenic fjords and coastlines. I would love to visit New Zealand someday but right now it is an unattainable goal for me. I have heard nothing but positive reviews about this country.

  • Jan 11, 2018 1:48 PM GMT
    Kiwi born and left in my early 20s. The most beautiful scenery, especially in the South Island. Even after the Christchurch earthquake there are world class restaurant there. No longer English based menus but reliant on fresh NZ grown ingredients. Don't go for the nightlife but great outdoors adventures.
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    Jan 11, 2018 3:29 PM GMT
    My husband and his late husband traveled to New Zealand and loved it. They adored Australia, too. I've been to neither myself.

    He was impressed by how green it was. I believe much of the location shooting for the 'Lord of the Rings' movies was done in NZ.
  • bro4bro

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    Jan 11, 2018 6:14 PM GMT
    New Zealand is a very beautiful place, relatively compact but with lots of variety and still a lot of true wilderness. That means you can squeeze a lot of different activities into a visit of only a few days.

    The North Island is known for its beaches; Mount Maunganui is one of my favorites. It's also where Maori culture is centered, particularly around Rotorua, an area of geysers and hot springs that always smells like ass (sorry it doesn't hold a candle to Yellowstone). There are some cool cities - Auckland, Wellington, Napier - and quite a lot of heavily forested, mountainous land.

    The South Island is known for big mountains (the "Southern Alps") with skiing opportunities in winter, and several fjords where the sea kayaking is amazing. It's also a very popular trekking destination (bring a rain jacket). And then there's Queenstown, host to (last time I was there) no less than 75 companies offering adrenalin sports experiences - from skydiving to river rafting to anything you can name.

    If you want to check out the scenery, just watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The castles, fortresses, etc may have been CGI but the scenic backdrops were mostly genuine. Mordor was filmed on the South Island (some of it in the Queenstown area), while the Hobbit's Shire was on the North Island.
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    Jan 11, 2018 9:11 PM GMT
    NZ is without doubt a beautiful country. But...........I'd never want to live there.
    I'd rather the Big Island of Hawaii.
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    Jan 11, 2018 11:47 PM GMT
    I spent two weeks there in 2007. Beautiful country. Ugly ass accent, but truly beautiful country.
  • MuchoMasQueMu...

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    Jan 12, 2018 3:32 AM GMT
    I started developing an interest in New Zealand after I learned that the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed there. Just like with most if not all movies I'm aware of alternations and set design that are created as needed for filming but if you do some digging around you can find that some of the terrain that you saw in the movies is indeed unique to the land.

    Here is a link to get an idea:
    https://www.backpackerguide.nz/11-lord-of-the-rings-locations-you-cant-miss-in-new-zealand/

    I hope to visit someday. It looks like a gorgeous place.
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    Jan 12, 2018 3:49 AM GMT
    I think I might bump a ride this summer and take a peek around. I've built up some flight miles!! YES!!!
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    Jan 12, 2018 5:15 AM GMT
    This is not cool

    New Zealand Police Radios Hacked, Start Broadcasting ‘F*ck Tha Police’
    http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/11/new-zealand-police-radios-hacked-start-broadcasting-fck-tha-police/?utm_campaign=atdailycaller&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social
  • bro4bro

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    Jan 12, 2018 5:55 PM GMT
    And now for the real important stuff:

    Kiwis tend to be more diverse looking than Aussies (i.e. there are more Nordic cheekbones and blond hair), since in the early days they had a significant amount of Dutch and German immigration to thin out that British bloodline.

    Beers tend to be very regional. Monteith's is a popular brand on the North Island, Speight's on the South. Steinlager, while heavily exported worldwide, is not very popular (for good reason). There are many decent microbrews.

    Get used to ordering "iggs" for breakfast. And if you like something a lot, practice saying, "Sweet as!" (not to be confused with "Sweet ass!")
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    Jan 12, 2018 6:36 PM GMT
    I backpacked there about 25 years ago. Very beautiful country. I found the people were noticeably less friendly than Australians. They can't distinguish a Canadian accent from an American one and once they found out I was Canadian were much friendlier.

    Things might be a bit different now. I'd go back just because the South Island was so beautiful. Reminded me a lot of Western Canada, actually.
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    Jan 27, 2018 3:52 AM GMT
    A couple of years ago I stumbled upon this New Zealand t.v. show on Netflix. It's fun to watch and definitely made me want to visit New Zealand. Maybe someday...

    http://almightyjohnsons.co.nz
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    Jan 27, 2018 2:25 PM GMT
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    art_deco saidMy husband and his late husband traveled to New Zealand and loved it. .


    You aren't married. He is NOT your husband.

    Nor has his boyfriend ever been married, since gay marriage became a thing in the US.
    Just as Deco isn't gay. Simply a bit, who made a move to live a gay lifestyel, were he'd previously lived a heterosexual lifestyle.
    Married with children.
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    Jan 27, 2018 2:26 PM GMT
    duluthrunner saidA couple of years ago I stumbled upon this New Zealand t.v. show on Netflix. It's fun to watch and definitely made me want to visit New Zealand. Maybe someday...

    http://almightyjohnsons.co.nz

    Funny shit ay.