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Old Nov 15th 2019, 5:00 pm
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I would love people's opinion on living in Christchurch and surrounding area. We have previously lived in the Hamilton and Taupo but looking for somewhere that is drier, less humid with plenty of job opportunities. I love Taupo but well paid skilled jobs are few and far between but loved the weather. Hamilton is way to wet and humid for me. The good, the bad and the downright ugly please! Love comments from people with dogs and/or horses as to how dog/horse friendly Canterbury is. Cheers!
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Old Nov 18th 2019, 9:02 pm
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Hi Pothy,
Christchurch is very horse friendly with quite a number of pony clubs or riding events throughout the area. Obviously, the country areas such as Darfield, West Melton, Prebbleton, Lincoln, Springston and areas North of the Waimak provide greater scope for lifestyle properties and fields for grazing. In terms of dog friendly, again yes. Plenty of areas to take dogs including the fully fenced dog park at The Goynes.
Weatherwise, I would say its less humid than the north. I guess without looking up the actual rainfall stats, then personal opinion might be wide of the mark so I suggest you check here: NZ Rainfall

Jobs: Might help to say which industry you are in. If you are great at your job and can show what value you bring then I'm sure you will be in demand. However, I do know the building and associated trades are back to pre-earthquake levels so demand in this sector has fallen.
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Originally Posted by Pothy View Post
I would love people's opinion on living in Christchurch and surrounding area. We have previously lived in the Hamilton and Taupo but looking for somewhere that is drier, less humid with plenty of job opportunities. I love Taupo but well paid skilled jobs are few and far between but loved the weather. Hamilton is way to wet and humid for me. The good, the bad and the downright ugly please! Love comments from people with dogs and/or horses as to how dog/horse friendly Canterbury is. Cheers!
Pros:
- Accessible to other areas of NZ very quickly and efficiently
- Nice surrounding areas (Port Hills, Sumner) Beaches, quirky cafes and coffee shops
- Traffic network is decent (although busy in rush hour) but it all flows well
- Small town vibe while being bigger
- Friendly
- Plenty of restaurants to choose from
- Clean and scenic areas (River Avon, Styx Mill reserve etc etc)

Cons:
- People are a bit inward and insular
- Baby boomer conservative / catholic dominated cliques in workplaces, if you are different from them, forget trying to integrate, just embrace the fact that you are different.
- Expensive house prices
- Lack of a pub/club scene. Battered after the earthquakes and there is really only a tiny terraces area and some parts of Victoria Street to cater for 400K plus population
- Dress sense is absolutely appalling. Shockingly bad. Prepare to be stared at if you dress well.
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Old Jan 24th 2020, 10:31 pm
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I love Chch but can't make a comparison to the North Island as I've never been there.
Work wise it would depend on what industry you are in, I'm re training in healthcare where there are plenty of jobs. Pay is less than my native Australia but as a single income earner my overall expenses are less than Sydney.

I prefer the climate in Chch, as for animals I can't tell you as my dog passed away in August in Australia but when we lived here previously there were plenty of places to walk him and a great dog park.

I can't give the ugly as there is no ugly for me apart from my oldest daughter still living in Oz but easy to see each other .😊

I much prefer Nz to Australia and am at this stage not planning on moving back.

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Hi Pothy

are you considering moving back to NZ? I saw a post of yours where you spoke about how happy you where to be living back in U.K.?

I only ask as I’m living in Christchurch been here 5 months, terribly homesick but hanging on in there as it’s such early days!

it is a beautiful place to live here though!
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Originally Posted by leroyS View Post
- Dress sense is absolutely appalling. Shockingly bad. Prepare to be stared at if you dress well.
This used to seriously piss me off.
You plan a nice night out, make an effort, get dressed up, go to a nice restaurant, and you can guarantee half way through the main course, Fred Dagg will walk in wearing a singlet, stubbies and gumboots
Makes you think, why bother !?
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This used to seriously piss me off.
You plan a nice night out, make an effort, get dressed up, go to a nice restaurant, and you can guarantee half way through the main course, Fred Dagg will walk in wearing a singlet, stubbies and gumboots
Makes you think, why bother !?
You just described my ex father in law 😂

Nice bloke though. .
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