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    No hurry, this is like a 15 year plan, but since it's almost not freezing cold over at least some of the country, I thought I'd start planning today.

    First up: Location
    1) Not super cold. This might only be a part of the year thing, so I might not be too worried about winter. Also, if I can afford to heat my house the next time around...
    2) Near the water; preferably water front, but I'll need at least a little elevation, as who knows where sea level might be in 20 years.
    3) Within a half hour of civilization. I don't need Auckland size civilization, but maybe a movie theatre and a supermarket.

    That's it so far. I'm thinking maybe the Marlborough Sounds. Maybe a small lifestyle block in case the end of the world happens and I need room to grow my own carrots.

    Who's got suggestions?

    Haole Mike

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    Oh, hello again!

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    Sounds a lot like Rotorua/Lakes District, where incidentally my partner is from and we're planning a return move to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diallta View Post
    Sounds a lot like Rotorua/Lakes District, where incidentally my partner is from and we're planning a return move to.
    I had not considered non-ocean bodies of water. Is there a non-sulphery side of the lake?

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    If you're an ocean person, a big lake won't cut it. I lived on Lake Ontario for 3 years...not the same as the sea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jawnbc View Post
    If you're an ocean person, a big lake won't cut it. I lived on Lake Ontario for 3 years...not the same as the sea.
    Rotorua is less than an hour from the ocean if you really need to see it. Compared with where I live now, that's basically on the ocean.

    As for a "non-sulphery" side, when we had a look at a house on the north side of the lake (Hamurana) I wouldn't have even realized there was volcanic activity in the area if I didn't already know. There are other lakes in the area as well (Rotoiti, Rotoehu, Tarawera[$$$]) if you're OK with driving to the city center.

    On the other hand, I shouldn't be trying to convince you to live there--I'm trying to buy a house in the area and I don't need the prices any higher than they are...

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    Whakatane/Ohope on the beach with beautiful Bay of Plenty weather.Or position yourself in Edgecombe/Kawerau cheaply and access Whkatane(30 mins),Tauranga and Rotarua(1 hr)
    Last edited by everest; 8th October 2018 at 10:01 AM.

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    Napier. Beautiful seafront views, but much of the city is on a hill or at elevation. Affordable, cute city center, excellent walk-ability, and away from the crowded population centers. Still big enough to have a Pack N Save and movie theater however. I debated between Napier and Nelson, but Nelson gets too touristy and crowded. Plus its very expensive, and not as warm year round as Hawkes Bay.

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    We lived in Napier for five years. Might end up going back to Hawke’s Bay...maybe Waimerama, or somewhere.

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    Snells Beach, Algies Bay, Matakana......near to the town of Warkworth which is set to grow x 5 in the future. AKL an hours drive away, Albany 45 mins. Beaches, Regional Parks, stunning views, peace and quiet if you want it. Winter mild.

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