November 5, 2009 1:20:21 PM CET
nomad_alien (Nov 4 2009, 09:03 PM) said: > original post
Thanks for the updates guys!
The only reason I'm considering Auckalnd is for jobs. I'm in the IT field, so I guess thats where most of the jobs are.
I know Auckland is "big" but what we are comparing to is Netherlands. Even when you get out of the city here, everything seems so artificial, all the trees planted in a straight line, all the rules and regulations. What we "hate" most is the camp sites here. You aren't allowed to make fire outside your tent and have a bbq!
If it rains "properly" I don't care, it's this day after day, week after week dull grey skies that gets me down. I know NZ isn't the warmest climate, but it seems more of a laidback family friendly lifestyle. Here our kids spend so much indoors that it breaks my heart and I would like them to grow up closer to raw nature.
oh its pretty different lifestyle alright
I am struggling myself with bringing up my youngest 'indoors' here in Holland, he might not know what he is missing but I do. There is a big thing here with everyone saying that kids need to be outside several hours a day - they send them out in all sorts of weather (and it seems they are just 'sent' not taken). But growing up in NZ, everyone is outside so much more, we just took it for granted to do things like, eat in the garden all year round, go to the beach all year round - even on crappy days its great to watch the waves pounding the beach and walk along the beach with the wind in your hair - can be cold but when you get home, you really feel you had some good fresh air!
Regarding fires - well dont be dissapointed that there are often fire bans in the summer because of fire risk, its not like Australia but there are plenty of places you cant light an open fire - however a gas bbq is always allowed
Auckland is a big sprawling city, even though it doesnt have a big population compared to European cities, its physical size is bigger than many. However within that there are plenty of natural areas, and its always possible to drive a little way north and find some really beautiful places. (and dont forget day trips to Waiheke Island) Also within the city you have a lot of choices about what kind of place to live, especially if you have the money - its also the most expensive housing in NZ. Personally, given the lifestyle and the bright skies (even on rainy days) I would move there in a heartbeat if I could. I love it in the Netherlands too, but with young kids, well it is nice to grow up somewhere with clean air, lots of beaches and parks, and relaxed parents...
Good luck with making your decision. I think however the best thing you can do, rather than listen to anyone on an internet forum , is go there and spend some time and see what you feel about it afterwards.