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View Poll Results: Oceania: Auckland, Melbourne, or Sydney?
Auckland 15 44.12%
Melbourne 9 26.47%
Sydney 10 29.41%
Voters: 34. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 03-14-2013, 09:30 AM
 
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Perhaps I posed the question wrong in a previous thread. My partner and I are looking to take our careers overseas. We currently live in Denver, Colorado. We have the opportunity to potentially land in one of these three cities: Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney. Based on our visits, we really like all three. Each is different because of size and culture. For those that have lived in any of these places, what are the strengths and weaknesses of either. We are fortunate to be high-wage earning individuals so COL is not a challenge. We are making our decision based on which place offers the best QOL. A few things to consider:

No kids
We are ethnic minorities
Love traveling (and water access)
We live near city centres
Love food cultures
Love architecture
We take advantage of public transportation

Thanks for any information, advice (and even photos if they help your point of view).
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:56 AM
 
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auckland is a poor relation of either of the two major australian citys , id put it behind dublin and dublin is crap compared to melbourne or sydney
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:09 AM
 
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Melbourne, for the food culture and multi-culturalism. The weather is cool in Melbourne, humid in Sydney.
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:28 PM
 
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I love Auckland and if you are bringing a lot of money from the US it would be a great place to live.

But without a wad of cash, salaries in NZ are much lower (to 20%) than Oz and Auckland really isn't that cheap (then again, neither are Syd or Mel).

I personally prefer Melbourne or Adelaide where I used to live. Syd feels too flash. Go to the Australia forum and do an advance search on both cities.. many ahve come before you asking for advice on those 2 cities.

Leave Auckland for holidays, make your money in Oz and spend it in EnZed. LOL.
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA
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I just got back from Auckland this morning. I fell in love!!

I could live there in a heartbeat!!
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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I just got back from Auckland this morning. I fell in love!!

I could live there in a heartbeat!!
I love Auckland.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:24 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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I might take Auckland out in terms of food culture and mass transit. Neither Sydney nor Melbourne have amazing mass transit but it's better than most cities their size in the US and significantly better than Auckland. Food wise, they all have a rich mix from other cultures due to immigration and Sydney and Melbourne also has bushtucker as an oddity.

I'll also mention Singapore again. Just because it's fun.
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:08 AM
 
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It seems like most ppl prefer the larger Australian cities vs Auckland. I wonder what US comps would be to all 3 scaled to size. Are we talking Sydney - NY, Melbourne - SF, and Auckland Seattle?
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Old 11-27-2013, 12:45 AM
 
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Melbourne is the best, it's actually rated the most liveable city in the world. Melbourne is really diverse (food and culture) it also has sooooo much public transport! Quite a lot of architecture, and really accepting with many different races and ethnics.
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Old 11-27-2013, 12:51 AM
 
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Melbourne and Sydney are both NY but I've never been to seattle so I dunno
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