experiences in new zealand

have you traveled to or lived in new zealand? share your experiences

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new zealand - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 09/30/13.

What brought you to New Zealand? Where were you before?

I was a bit fed up with life at home. Unsatisfied with my relationship with family, friends and dating. Honestly, I just wanted to get away and have a fresh start. New York.

Describe the city you live in in New Zealand.

Currently Wellington. It's pretty hip, there's lots of students, arts, shows. The waterfront is gorgeous. Cool cafes and bars. The weather can be really bad (it's the windy city) but I like it. I first lived in Nelson which was a dream but there are no jobs there. I hope to retire there in many years.

What are the the people of New Zealand like?

I'd say they are more open minded. If you have an alternative lifestyle people don't seem to judge. I heard so much about the friendliness before coming here, and I can't say it's that dramatically different. They are in the South Island, but I think it's the same as any small town.

Was making friends and meeting people in New Zealand in general easy or difficult?

Making friends was always an issue for me, and since high school I had made very few. I definitely did better in New Zealand then I ever did in the states. It was hard at first, but I think...

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new zealand - anonymous' thoughts after months there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 10/08/13.

I have been in New Zealand for just about 8 months. I came straight to Wellington. I turned 21 in NZ. Wellington is the windiest city in the world. I'm not sure how it's possible, but the wind blows from all directions. You could be walking into the wind, turn the corner, and still be walking into the wind. Coupled with the rain that happens more often than not, it makes for pretty miserable weather. The wind pierces through your clothes so it feels colder than it is and the houses are not insulated so there is no escaping the cold (even though it never reaches freezing temperatures).

The upside is there is a lot of creativity that springs forward from having to find ways to pass the time inside. It's the kind of city that always has a market or an art exhibit going on, people walk around sans shoes, and any time there's a sliver of sun, the entire population is hanging out by the water front. It's a capital city, but it feels more like a small village because you constantly see the same faces around you.

I moved to New Zealand on a bit of a whim. I had finished school in the US (specifically the midwest) and knew it was a perfect time to move. At first, I was thinking about a...

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