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Kiwimate

And here's an example of how not to ask for information about life in New Zealand.

I am thinking about coming to New-Zealand to Live in a couple of years. I would like to know how expensive it is to stay at a Hotel and to fly to New-Zealand from the USA flying out of Washington National Airport.
I have some basic questions too :

     
  • Are there grociery stores there like Safe Way and Giant ?
  • Are the street clean.. like New York or Atlanta, Georgia ?
  • Are there restaruants/ fast food/ pizza huts or what ?
  • I saw on TV that NZ has dense jungles and mountains and wierd animals and trees. If I went into the jungle/ mountains how accessable are these places from the cities ?
  • Can you drive your own car from the USA in NZ, or would I have to buy a car there ?
  • Do poeple have Electrival Appliaces like TV's VCRS cable and things ? How accessable are these items to buy ?
  • What is the average cost to eat out at a restaurant ?
  • What would be a average monthly bill for electricity/water/rent ?
  • I am currently working in VA for $55k, doing computer programming related stuff. Is this salary what I should expect in NZ ?

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I get very worried seeing questions such as this being posted. Why do you want to come and live here if you obviously have no idea what the country and lifestyle is like? From some of the questions you ask such as NZ having dense jungles and weird animals and do we have TVs, VCRs etc I take it that you think we are somewhat like a South American Republic (no offense to South America intended) - are you sure it was New Zealand you saw onTV?! To give you some idea of what NZ is like I suggest you go somewhere like Vancouver BC, Canada. The scenery in the South Island of NZ is quite similar although more rugged, and the types of shops and way of life are the most similar to ours that you are likely to find in North America. Of course we have supermarkets, restaurants, fast food, movie theatres and anything else that you would normally find in a western culture. We have appliance stores and department stores where you can buy TVs, refrigerators and any other type of electrial appliance. Yes, we have electricity!! From your questions I get the idea that you think we are a third world country, and then you ask about salaries for computer programming! I would suggest that you visit your local travel agent and ask them for some information on New Zealand and learn a bit about it before you do anything more.


Are there grociery stores there like Safe Way and Giant ?

 Of course not ! It's still like fourty years ago:just small shops where you don't get everything.

Are the street clean.. like New York or Atlanta, Georgia ?

 They are clean ,but they are not sealed so that turns out to be a problem if it's raining

Are there restaruants/ fast food/ pizza huts or what ?

 No ,fast food only exists in the USA. Didn't you know that ?

Do poeple have Electrival Appliaces like TV's VCRS cable and things ? How accessable are these items to buy ?

 In NZ they still have only black and white TV


Are the street clean.. like New York or Atlanta, Georgia ?

 I feel compelled to comment, since I'm in Atlanta at the moment, and spent a couple of hours this morning walking around the streets, and imho the physical environment back home (Auckland) is much nicer (and only 4 more weeks and I'll be back :-)). 


Okay, all prices are in $NZ

Are there grociery stores there like Safe Way and Giant ?

 Plenty of grocery stores and supermarkets. Supermarkets open 7 days from say 8 till 8. Some food stores open 24hours but not many..

Are the street clean.. like New York or Atlanta, Georgia ?

 Probally cleaner.

Are there restaruants/ fast food/ pizza huts or what ?

 Yes. Plently of McD's, Pizza Huts, KFC's plus a few others along with restaruants of various classes and The traditional Fish 'n Chip shops.

I saw on TV that NZ has dense jungles and mountains and wierd animals and trees. If I went into the jungle/ mountains how accessable are these places from the cities ?

 Jungles? well maybe slight exageration there, plently of mountains though not many in the north island. You can basicly be in the back country after one hours drive from central Auckland, anywhere else it's half an hour. Mountains,rivers,lakes,etc all depend on where you live, however they are mostly a few hours drive from the major centers. If you stayed in Christchurch then 3-4 hours (at a guess) would get you to 90% of the interesting places in the South Island.

Can you drive your own car from the USA in NZ, or would I have to buy a car there ?

 You *could* import your car. However I seriously doubt this would be worth the money if you just drive something fairly common. Also in New Zealand we drive on the Left so it's probally best to get something here. If you are *really* attached to your present car I think you can import it.

Do poeple have Electrival Appliaces like TV's VCRS cable and things ? How accessable are these items to buy ?

 Yes. NZ homes seem to have these about as much as US ones (or at least the homes in most US TV programs)

What is the average cost to eat out at a restaurant ?

 Family Resturant say $30 each
Good Quality say $70+ each

I am currently working in VA for $55k, doing computer programming related stuff. Is this salary what I should expect in NZ ?

 At a *rough* guess you could expect to get around $55K in NZ dollars. From what I have seen most jobs seem to pay about the same in NZ dollars as the same job in the US would pay in US dollars.


Are there grociery stores there like Safe Way and Giant ?

 If you mean supermarkets, then yes, we've had them for a couple of years now.

 Are the street clean.. like New York or Atlanta, Georgia ?

 If you mean like San Francisco with it's piles of rubbish and homeless people loitering around sleazy 24 hour liqour stores, then no it's not like NY - the streets in nz _are_ clean.

Are there restaruants/ fast food/ pizza huts or what ?

 I think some guy called O'Donalds or something tried to set up shop once, but only small children who didn't recognise the taste of crass consumerism went there.

I saw on TV that NZ has dense jungles and mountains and wierd animals and trees. If I went into the jungle/ mountains how accessable are these places from the cities ?

 Lots of mountains and dense temperate rainforest, but no jungle. No weird animals, just lots of flightless birds. Accessibility?, just step outside your door!

Can you drive your own car from the USA in NZ, or would I have to buy a car there ?

 You can, but, as we drive on the left, you would have the sensation of driving in the ditch all the time. Besides, if your US car is a typical US car then you would soon deplete our petrol reserves. You would also have to get it there, now remember, NZ is an island!

Do poeple have Electrival Appliaces like TV's VCRS cable and things ? How accessable are these items to buy ?

 My uncle Bill once had a transistor radio he brought back after the war, but the batteries ran out and he had to throw it out.

What is the average cost to eat out at a restaurant ?

 A couple of bucks will get you a good feed of shark and tatties.

What would be a average monthly bill for electricity/water/rent ?

 Electr-what?. Water is free. Rent would be $50- $120 a week. (?)


Are there grociery stores there like Safe Way and Giant ?

 Yes, there are grocery stores, even supermarkets.

Are the street clean.. like New York or Atlanta, Georgia ?

 Yes they are clean, not like New York and Atlanta, Georgia.

Are there restaruants/ fast food/ pizza huts or what ?

 Yes, there are restaurants, fast-food places, Pizza Huts, and lots of what.

I saw on TV that NZ has dense jungles and mountains and wierd animals and trees. If I went into the jungle/ mountains how accessable are these places from the cities ?

 Most of the wierd animals are posting to this group, though there are some even wierder ones that post to the nz. hierarchy.

 There nearest things to jungle are the rain forests of Westland which are about three hours' drive from Christchurch; much more from any other cities.

Can you drive your own car from the USA in NZ, or would I have to buy a car there ?

 You'd find the left-hand-drive a nuisance, and even a danger in many situations (I know, I've been driving my niece's pratty lhd Mustang). And too thirsty for our petrol prices. Better to buy some bomb here

Do poeple have Electrival Appliaces like TV's VCRS cable and things ? How accessable are these items to buy ?

 Yes, even radios and electric toothbrushes. Just walk into a shop and buy one, it's as easy as that. No cable TV, though. And don't bring your VCR or TV unless it's German-standard PAL B.

What is the average cost to eat out at a restaurant ?

 Say NZ$30 each at a "family restaurant" (i.e. steak, fish, chips, salad, hamburgers, ice cream) to NZ$140 each for reasonably haute cuisine with decent wines, or more.

What would be a average monthly bill for electricity/water/rent ?

 For a 2-bedroomed house in a good suburb, say $600 to $750 per month. Electricity for two, say $60 per month if you are using electric heating. Water is free at the moment, but that might change.


Are there grociery stores there like Safe Way and Giant ?

 I'm afraid not. In New Zealand, you may only eat what you personally hunt down and kill. Also, the carcass of the dead animal must be ritually cleansed in the juice of the Kiwifruit, to drive out all evil spirits.

Are the street clean.. like New York or Atlanta, Georgia ?

 New Zealand's many horses (the principal form of transport in this country) to tend to 'make their mark' on the streets, but otherwise they are fine.

Are there restaruants/ fast food/ pizza huts or what ?

 The most popular fastfood joint is 'Kowalskis Kiwiburgers'. KKs makes the yummiest burger in the world, the Killer Kowalski:

 Two all-lamb patties
Special Kiwifruit sauce
Kiwifruit 
Cheese
Rimu bark Shavings
Onions
On a Totora Bread bun.

 Mmmm-mmmmmm!

I saw on TV that NZ has dense jungles and mountains and wierd animals and trees.

 True, true. I bet they didn't show you the Fearsome Fanged West Coast Weka, though! They never do, as they reckon it 'scares the japanese tourists'.. hah!

Can you drive your own car from the USA in NZ, or would I have to buy a car there ?

 Once the Bob Jones Trans-Oceanic Bridge is opened (construction started seventeen years ago, creating _tens_ of new jobs for New Zealanders) you'll be able to drive your own car from the US to NZ.

Do poeple have Electrival Appliaces like TV's VCRS cable and things ? How accessable are these items to buy ?

 Yes, we certainly do! Be sure to purchase a Watties Porta-Gen generator immediately on arrival, so that you may use all your electrical stuff as soon as possible. You may rent _tens_ of betamax videos from the local video rental place.


If the original poster wants to keep his American lifestyle then what interest should he have in moving outside the U.S. at all?? His lifestyle dictates that sitting in his armchair and watching a video about NZ's jungles will satisfy him (as I get it from his questions).

 Also after visiting NZ twice and falling in love with almost every bit of it, I am terrified every time someone says he would like to change it altogether. (I'm not talking about having another supermarket giant there, but about the life style and the layed-back way of life).


Hey! Guess what! You can even buy shoes here! (and we wear them too - on special occasions).


You can pay the toll for the California/New Zealand expressway tunnel to me and I'll make sure that your car will pass a NZ warrant of fitness!

 p.s You have to wear a life jacket on the drive.
 
 
 

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