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General => Africa Info & other International Travels => Topic started by: Sushibar on February 05, 2017, 10:14:33 am

Title: New Zealand
Post by: Sushibar on February 05, 2017, 10:14:33 am
Hi all like minded people...

In August 2016 I decided to leave beautiful South Africa, where I was going to was still a mystery but I wanted to go to a country that spoke English as learning another language would have been really tough. I was very lucky to have connections in USA, Australia and NZ. I started my planing September and by November I had a wonderful job in Auckland. I sold up in JHB, packed my container in January and moved at the end of January, we've been here two weeks and WOW it's absolutely amazing.
My heart was very heavy though because I had to sell my 800ADV as it would have taken up too much space. I couldn't even last two weeks without a bike so I went to North Shore and bought a new Africa Twin manual with Traction and ABS. I've put GIVI crash bars and luggage brackets  for the ATG bags that are in the container. Tomorrow is a public holiday here but I'm taking delivery on Tuesday....WHOOP WHOOP.
Cheers
Title: Re: New Zealand
Post by: Jag man on February 05, 2017, 12:29:29 pm
Awesome enjoy and ride safe
Title: Re: New Zealand
Post by: 4 Kays on February 05, 2017, 01:20:54 pm
You made the move  :thumleft: keep us posted on your new adventure and good luck  :sip:
Title: Re: New Zealand
Post by: DUSTRIDERS on February 05, 2017, 01:53:48 pm
Why is the front wheel locked to the next bike in the showroom?
Do they steal in NZ? :o :eek7:
Title: Re: New Zealand
Post by: TeeJay on February 05, 2017, 01:57:11 pm
Great stuff....please post regularly about you find life in NZ and tell us about the people, work, weather (okay we know that), and so on.

All the very best and enjoy!!!
Title: Re: New Zealand
Post by: Sushibar on February 07, 2017, 11:17:45 am
Awesome enjoy and ride safe
Thanks,
Title: Re: New Zealand
Post by: Sushibar on February 07, 2017, 11:18:46 am
You made the move  :thumleft: keep us posted on your new adventure and good luck  :sip:
Hey 4K
I will keep you lads posted.
Cheers
Title: Re: New Zealand
Post by: Jag man on February 07, 2017, 11:26:23 am
What work do you got to get there so fast
Title: Re: New Zealand
Post by: Sushibar on February 07, 2017, 11:44:54 am
Great stuff....please post regularly about you find life in NZ and tell us about the people, work, weather (okay we know that), and so on.

All the very best and enjoy!!!
Great stuff....please post regularly about you find life in NZ and tell us about the people, work, weather (okay we know that), and so on.

All the very best and enjoy!!!
TeeJay
I will do mate, maybe a starter. The people are exceptionally friendly, they greet 95% of the time, ask if you need help all the time, it's kind of weird at first but soon you used to the courteous nature of the locals. The majority of people won't die from hard work ...that said we are well sort after for our hard working nature. It's been upper 20's and lower 30's here since we arrived with one rainy day. I would imagine winter is the opposite😳😳. Chris, there is crime here but nothing we used to, there are joy riders that take your car for a ride at worst. We leave our cars outside, no gates, no fences, no alarms, no trackers, the cops are really switched on so if there are incidences they are taken care of swiftly.
So it's like SA in the 70's but not for everyone, immigration is tough and if your family are not 100% into it from the get go you will struggle. We're loving it....
Title: Re: New Zealand
Post by: Sushibar on February 07, 2017, 11:47:42 am
What work do you got to get there so fast
JagMan
I worked for an international company in SA and when I "pulled the trigger " it move I called on old colleagues to hook me up. I'm in transportation.
Cheers
Title: Re: New Zealand
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on February 07, 2017, 12:38:29 pm
Sub
Title: Re: New Zealand
Post by: TeeJay on February 07, 2017, 12:47:21 pm
Cool....keep it coming. Where in NZ are you - north island (Auckland)?

I heard long ago that in some remote parts the cop station close on a Friday afternoon and open again on Monday morning :-)

Enjoy!
Title: Re: New Zealand
Post by: Toothless on February 07, 2017, 12:58:48 pm
And don't forget the ride reports. :thumleft:
Title: Re: New Zealand
Post by: Fudmucker on February 07, 2017, 03:45:26 pm
From what I have seen of NZ, it is fantastic motorcycle country. :ricky:
The roads aren't straight highways and instead wind around the rolling hills and dales.
The speed limits are strictly enforced and so you don't need a large capacity adventure bike
to compete with the speed of sport bikes.

North Island is better for the Roadies and South Island for the Dual Sporters.
Be aware that you WILL have at least two seasons in any day's riding,
so having good riding gear is vital.

Enjoy!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: New Zealand
Post by: Quincy on February 07, 2017, 03:57:36 pm
Nice!!  :ricky:
Title: Re: New Zealand
Post by: Mr Zog on February 08, 2017, 02:47:15 am
Hey Sushibar,

Great that you made the move. I was blown away by the differences when I got to the USA.

As already suggested, start a bit of a "blog" here. Not only does it inform and enlighten the guys and gals back in SA, I find it pretty therapeutic at times to get stuff off my chest. Life is great here in the USA, but it also has it's "challenges". I'm sure that you will find the same or similar...

Cheers!

Gary
Title: Re: New Zealand
Post by: landieman on February 09, 2017, 07:12:45 am
at least they have rugby and cricket,so a little bit like SA.please keep us informed and goodluck with the new adventure
Title: Re: New Zealand
Post by: Dustbin Dog on February 09, 2017, 09:27:24 am
Awesome Sushibar, ride safe and keep the shiny side up
Title: Re: New Zealand
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on February 09, 2017, 10:24:40 am


Quote from: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on February 05, 2017, 01:53:48 pm (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=205562.msg3768702#msg3768702)
Why is the front wheel locked to the next bike in the showroom?
Do they steal in NZ? :o :eek7:


yes, never seen Honda AT's chained together at either Honda Tygerberg, nor Canal Walk - interesting, that, in New Zealand, nogal...!
 ;)
Chris
Title: Re: New Zealand
Post by: TeeJay on February 15, 2017, 12:27:45 pm
We are (patiently) waiting Sushibar...for some updates.
Title: Re: New Zealand
Post by: Young1 on March 07, 2017, 11:18:31 am
Welcome to New Zealand, we are in Taranaki

Mike
Title: Re: New Zealand
Post by: andrew5336 on March 07, 2017, 03:21:59 pm
I'm keen to move there - cousins are there and it's incredible.

If you love the outdoors (MTB, running, paddling, fishing and motorbikes) it's heaven.

Agree with original post - it's like SA was when I was young and the people are humble and happy to live a simpler, more basic and less "rat race chase the money" type life which suits me well...

Less regulated than I thought - actually pretty free - within reason.

And the scenery...
Title: Re: New Zealand
Post by: WILLY G on April 23, 2017, 09:16:08 pm
Hi Guys

Wife and I visited her sister in Auckland in Feb.I must say what a beautiful country.We did a bit of touring on the North Island and did not see a pedestrian on the highways.The speed limits are 50kph in city and 100kph on highways which might seem slow but not if everyone is obeying speed limits and no one is riding on your arse forcing you to move over ( its illegal anyway ) all vehicles must undergo WOF ( warranty of fitness ) every twelve months so no unroadworthy vehicles in sight.The people are friendly even supermarket staff are polite and helpful unlike our locals who think they doing you a favour.The public transport system is 1st world,safe and clean.One has no fear when walking in the city at night.One thing that struck me....no burglar bars,high walls or security.Oh yes there is crime but nowhere near the scale we have at home.Property is ridiculously expensive in Auckland just looking at the for sale ads basic 3 bedroomed prefab house NZD 700 000 ( seven bar in our wonderful strong rondts ) so most people rent.You would definitely miss your braai as outside wood fires not permitted.The huge variety of organic food is a bonus and i must say the lamb is delicious ( grass fed ) cant believe sheep out number people approx 40 million  to about 4.5 million people.

Made a point of following their news while i was there... still do ( NZ Herald ) nothing is reported on the goings on in S.A ( Zuma,Guptas,Gordhan etc ) we stewing in our own cesspool.
Would i move there?
Well 1st of all i love my country ( without crime and corruption of course )
Capetonian through and through no better place.
Too old and poor...maybe 20 years ago?
My business would not succeed there...I'm in  wholesale confectionery distribution....they dont have informal sector ( spaza and house shops ) and population numbers.

There are job opportunities i hear, especially in the construction sector.They love us hard working saffers  :ricky:

Title: Re: New Zealand
Post by: Ri on April 26, 2017, 08:33:07 pm
The huge variety of organic food is a bonus and i must say the lamb is delicious ( grass fed ) cant believe sheep out number people approx 40 million  to about 4.5 million people.

Grass fed lamb is delicious? Surely you kid. My sister did me the HUGE favour of marrying a Northern Cape sheep farmer, may she be blessed forever and ever. On top of the wonderful gravel roads leading there, I couldn't eat a bland little grass fed lamb if it was the last piece of meat on earth  :imaposer:

Cape Town isn't yet as bad as Jozi, but with the criminals following the money to iKapa I guess it's just a matter of time. But I'll stick it out, even though I could work anywhere. I love this country, fu as it is.
Title: Re: New Zealand
Post by: Grogs on July 19, 2017, 08:00:06 pm
NZ is such a cool place .we are going again in August.Wish i could move there,  just too old :P.Wanna take my Katy There and tour.