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    It's the fight in the man Rich's Avatar
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    Cycling in New Zealand

    Hi Guys,

    Back into the fray once again, Karen and I have decided to emmigrate to New Zealand, probably Wellington, and were wondering if any board members know any good areas to MTB? (lol can't be any worse than flat land Kent)

    Good to see a few old faces on the forums, how you all doing?

    Rich
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    Hi Rich, Good to see you once again. We have a few kiwis on the board, so they should just about be able to help you out. I'm heading over there late next year for a cycle tour if all goes well.
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    If you want an immigrants' perspective, probably John and Pamela Bailey/Blaylock would be a good resource. While they moved from Boston to NZ, you could probably learn a few things from their experiences. John is Irish, Pamela American. I think their website is www.blaleys.com... just a reality check you've probably already dealt with.

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    Wellington is very hilly and is surrounded by bush.

    I don't think you have any problem finding place to MTB.

    On the downside it's very windy and wet.

    Whereabouts in Wellington are you planning to live?

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    It's the fight in the man Rich's Avatar
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    Thanks for the info guys, much appreciated

    I'll check out their website, and see what I can trawl...not too sure whereabouts in Wellington we're going to be moving too, but were were originally thinking Lower Hutt, but now perhaps J'ville or up that way....any recommendations?

    Cheers

    Rich (p.s. Chris, great to be back mate )

    Urgh,

    That website didn't work Rowan...any thoughts
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    'lo, Rich!

    Let us know how everything goes over there.

    No worries

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich
    Thanks for the info guys, much appreciated

    I'll check out their website, and see what I can trawl...not too sure whereabouts in Wellington we're going to be moving too, but were were originally thinking Lower Hutt, but now perhaps J'ville or up that way....any recommendations?

    Cheers

    Rich (p.s. Chris, great to be back mate )

    Urgh,

    That website didn't work Rowan...any thoughts
    Have a look around. If you're working in the city the Johnsonville is close - about 10km. Newlands is cheapish but the planes go over the top.

    It might depend on the lifestyle you want eg if you want to be near the beach you might decide to live further north.

    Why are you moving to NZ? Australia is a better option in terms of income and weather.

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    Sheepishly, I correct it to: www.blayleys.com (an errant y).

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    It's the fight in the man Rich's Avatar
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    Thanks Rowan,

    That site has everything we need to know, what a great couple!

    Johnny >> Thanks for the tips, we thought about a few places, Canada, Oz and New Zealand originally. I loved Canada when I went over a few years ago, but we discounted it because Karen hates the cold Australia, Karen's been to before, and I liked the idea of it, but New Zealand seems just the ticket, especially for it's scenery, laid back attitude and relatively low crime rate.

    We're begininning to get fed up with the polictics in the UK, the crime (which actually keeps me in a job but there you go) and the crappy weather (cold, damp and miserable). NZ just seems the better option at the moment, and we can't wait...just so excitied!!!

    Littlebigman >> How's everything mate?

    Take it easy y'all, and thanks for the advice, will let you know how the application process goes..

    Rich
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