Why New Zealand?

Old Apr 8th 2013, 7:50 pm
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Originally Posted by lapsed kiwi
As you say, all very subjective, and your subjective recollections bear little resemblance to the climate stats available online
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_of_New_York#Summer
Personally, and it's just my opinion, I find temperatures above about 27C too hot to get much done - I'm not a lazing by the pool person. The beauty of Auckland, for me, is that it's rarely too hot or too cold to do the sort of things I like to do - I can race my Laser on a winter's afternoon with just a thin wetsuit, and enjoy a week yacht sailing on the Hauraki Gulf in July without feeling uncomfortable. I've visited NY a couple of times, it was sweltering with tropical rain showers in the late afternoons in July, and rather cold and grey in April. Facinating city though

Yep, what weather you like is subjective. I find Auckland's weather to be shit. Short summer, long, cool, damp winters. I like seasons and I have no interest in sailing all year round. I prefer to have more cultural and intellectual stimulation of which you have more than enough in NYC.
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Originally Posted by Assanah
Yep, what weather you like is subjective. I find Auckland's weather to be shit. Short summer, long, cool, damp winters. I like seasons and I have no interest in sailing all year round. I prefer to have more cultural and intellectual stimulation of which you have more than enough in NYC.
Touche - each to his own.
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Originally Posted by lapsed kiwi
Touche - each to his own.
*or her.
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Originally Posted by AndyEvs
Weather. Is it about perspective or fact? Or both?
If I look at rainfall facts for Gosport and New Plymouth it is clear that we have far more rain here in NP. But that is not the whole story, my experience is the rainfall is greater per hour and in often falls at night.
Very true.

I cycled to work this morning (in London). It was raining, not quite drizzle but droplets were forming on my coat and on the frame of my bike. Mizzle, perhaps? (Mist/Drizzle)

It was also 3 or 4 degree celcius at the time, so fairly chilly to be getting wet.

My mind then wondered to the type of rain in Auckland.

Frankly I got pretty wet cycling this morning, despite the precipitation being minimal - it just got me thinking that it I'm going to get wet, does it really how heavy the rain is?

No it doesn't. Rain is rain. As least a proper downpour has something impressive about it. And doing something sporty in a downpour has something invigorating about it - or is that just me ... ?

Whats more, if I am cycling in rain in Auckland the temperture, even in the depth of winter will seldom get that low!!

Cycling is how I judge the weather. It used to be Cricket, but the nipper has put the kybosh on playing much of that in recent years.
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I imagine the sheer volume of water on the road at times would be a real issue for cyclists. As driver it can be blooming scary when you can no longer see the lines on the road and the wipers won't go any faster.
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Only been here less than 24 hours. On arrival, clear, wide roads, good surfaces and little traffic - and that was in town!

Then, rain rain rain, all night long and its still raining. Guess it rains no matter where you are!
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Yes I remember the wide roads in Invercargill. Be kind to yourself until you are over the jetlag - 12 hours is a killer.
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Funny, Invercargill is usually revered for its warm and sunny weather .
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Hey, even when raining its warmer than the UK!
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Default Re: Why New Zealand?

Originally Posted by Assanah
Well, weather is a very personally thing. I think the weather is pretty bad in Auckland. Auckland has lots more rain than London! No real hot summer, and the winters are pretty nasty too because very wet and cool. They say this summer was exceptional good, but I thought it is kind of nice but short. Only about 2-3 months were warm enough for swimming.
New York City has good summers. Summer starts in May and the last warm days you usually have in November. It is sunny and it gets really hot in July/August. This makes you long for winter The hot summer is followed by gorgeous autumn! 27 degrees, not humid, sunny, and autumn colors. Marvelous.


Sorry to sound harsh Assanah - but please bore off. Your synopsis of an Auckland weather is pretty crap - anyone that's experienced one knows that. We've had a long hot summer, feel free to go back to London or NYC.
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Originally Posted by lapsed kiwi
Touche - each to his own.
Goodness know's why Asannah ever came here. She's so negative,
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Strangely hostile thread.. I thought it might be more like this:

http://vimeo.com/62980495#at=0
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainm...ectid=10876876
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It is kodachrome when your here for a holiday.
when you live here its the same as everywhere else just in a different way. You will still need to do the housework, work your butt off to have a decent standard of living, shout at the kids cause you've had a bad day at work. Pay the bills. For me its the same daily crap with nicer scenery from where I was living in the UK
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Originally Posted by MrsFychan
It is kodachrome when your here for a holiday.
when you live here its the same as everywhere else just in a different way. You will still need to do the housework, work your butt off to have a decent standard of living, shout at the kids cause you've had a bad day at work. Pay the bills. For me its the same daily crap with nicer scenery from where I was living in the UK
Of course I imagine that is true, though it still doesnt really answer the "Why New Zealand?" thing... unless you are saying the scenery does makes it worthwhile?
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Originally Posted by MrsFychan
It is kodachrome when your here for a holiday.
when you live here its the same as everywhere else just in a different way. You will still need to do the housework, work your butt off to have a decent standard of living, shout at the kids cause you've had a bad day at work. Pay the bills. For me its the same daily crap with nicer scenery from where I was living in the UK
Well said, I totally agree with you there. So many people forget the mundane things still need doing.
Does the scenery make it worthwhile? Depends how much money you have and what you like doing. It wasn't enough for us, the dam scenery just wouldn't pay the bills. Lovely to look at though!
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