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Old 10-31-2018, 11:43 PM
Location: Striving for Avalon
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It's very dependent on lifestyle.

One thing I found living there was a certain quality of life. I found lovely wine for NZ$14/bottle. A similar California-grown wine is US$18-25 anywhere in the US.

The milk was delicious. Bread was NZ$4 for a good loaf.

I found auto repairs cheaper, interestingly (labor costs were NZ$90 at an Audi specialist mechanic versus US$120/hr at my chain tire store in FL).

Rent varied so much that it's difficult to say. I found landlords much easier to work with in NZ than the US. Money and a handshake versus running my car's plates, credit check, background check etc.

I avoided out-of-season imported fruit (very expensive) or buying US-import food products (Skippy's peanut butter isn't worth NZ$11 per jar).

It's great for a single or DINKs. I understand that it gets tougher when kids are in the equation.

I was happy to pay-to-play for NZ. My groceries weren't any worse (pricing) than the US coastal metros I have lived in, and the food was extremely fresh (milk, olive oil, meat, and NZ-grown veg/fruit in particular) versus the pretty-but-tasteless US stuff. I loved the beaches within an hour's drive. I loved the scenery. I liked my friends. I missed the culture where there was more than working yourself to death for the next tier of BMW. God willing, I will get to live there again.
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