10 things I’ll miss in NZ

The days are passing and we are closer to our journey. Last week I went snowboarding with some friends and found a Californian (born in Romania but with the whole Californian mood), who’s been living for 5 years here and said how much he likes living here and why preferred here than the United States, he spoke for a while and made me think a little, from my perspective, what I would miss here, then decided to make a list of ten things I will miss most of New Zealand when we are out:

1 Sports

Since I moved here I’m having a much healthier life, living more the day than the night and doing a lot more physical activity. For those who don’t know I love surfing, and that was one of the reasons I have chosen to come to  NZ for an experience outside of Brazil, the waves are perfect, with a tremendous variety, always close, with many almost empty surfspots, a dream for any surfer. Moreover I now go to work by skateboard when the weather helps, we can dive 10 minutes from home, in wintertime we go snowboarding at Ruapehu that’s 3 and half hours driving from here. This without mentioning kayak, trekking and others.

2 The Landscapes

the view from our living roomRemember the Lord of the Rings, all those gorgeous locations were here, and it is a place with a very exuberant natural beauty, that is everywhere.

Here we are middle class, and we have a gorgeous view from our bedroom’s windom and balcony, an island, the Wellington harbour and in wintertime on the background the mountains get all covered with snow, and nearly all of our friends (those who want it) have spectacular views as well. From the end to end of the country, a distance of about 2000 km, you can have dunes, swamps, bays, beaches, lakes, streams, waterfalls, islands, volcanoes, mountains, forests, glaciers, hot springs, geysers and fiords.

3 The Diversity

This is a feature more pronounced in Wellington, the city we live, the cultural capital and government head quarters, it is a very multi ethnic and cultural place, with many Polynesians, Asians, Indians, Arabs and Europeans. It’s  simply impossible to get out on the streets and not hear a foreign language. Moreover lots of different cultures and religions living side by side, and the most important, in harmony. It is normal to see on the same street a woman with the head covered with a veil, an elderly man shopping with pyjamas and sleepers, an all dirty and wasted punk, an executive in suits and a maori with a tattoed face, that if you don’t find them sharing the same table in a pub.

4 The Sea

Castle point - 2h driving from homeI was born in Curitiba, 100km from the sea, and have always had a fascination for the ocean. Today we are in a city between the hills and the sea forcing almost everything to be on the waterfront, our way from home to work is by the beach every day, is even better in the summer that the days are longer and when we return from work we can lay on the beach by 1 or 2 hours before going home. The beaches are always clean with super clear water.

5 Safety

Today we live in the 10 th safest city in the world which is tough get any other city competing, in Brazil we lived in a relatively safe city compared to other Brazilian cities, yet compared with our reality of today it is quite a violent place. Small things like walking on foot at night without worrying about who’s behind you, let your bicycle held on the door of the supermarket while you shop, houses without gates, high walls and big dogs give us a sense that it is difficult to describe but is priceless.

6 Geography

Great Barrier Island - Pacific Coast - North Island This is something all the kiwis say with a great pride – “we have almost everything close” and it is true, as the country is mountainous and small, you have a huge diversity of landscapes, all accessible on a weekend trip. The climate is also highly influenced by geography, and often on one side of the mountains it rains while the other is sunny, there is only one or two hours travel and climate change completely.

7 Social Equality

Since I was a kid I’ve seen in the news that Brazil’s bigest issue was the gap separating rich and poor, but I just understood the magnitude of the problem after living in a country where this inequality is minimal. Here everyone has access to education, basic health and a fair life. This means that everything is accessible to virtually everyone, if you wash dishes you can live in a decent place, have a car in the garage, and travel overseas, by the other side politicians go by bus to the parliament like any normal person, I had an  interesting episode when we went to the theatre and sat next to the Minister of Defence of New Zealand and we came up having a chat, probably in our country you would have to identify yourself to get 500 metres close.

8 The White Wine

I am far from being an expert on wines, but one thing I’ve learned here was the joy of drinking a good white wine, which is not very difficult because we are close to one of the most important white wine producing regions of the world. The good thing is that we can have excellent white wines in dines by $ 10.00.

9 Can Do Attitude

Kiwis are very ingenious, they love their tools and equipments, and are always inventing something and always have a positive attitude about the challenges of life. We have met a girl whose father built an airplane in the garage at home, that actually flies, our flatmate makes their own surfboards. It’s nice be surrounded by people that are more focused solving problems than create them, always motivating rather than only see problems and difficulties.

10 Laid Back Lifestyle

bike cruising in front of evans bayWhen you visit a big city, everything seems to be happening at the same time, everyone is running in a hurry, always using the same excuse for everything – “I don’t have time for it”,  is kind of a race against the clock and everyone gets stressed and grumpy. Here is the opposite, everyone seems to have time to take care of their own life and by 5:30 in the afternoon everyone is already running in the park, walking with the dog or having a dinner at the waterfront. The pace here is not the usual for a capital, is perhaps why one of the slogans of the city is “The greatest little capital in the world.”


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    • Theresa says:
    • 29 July, 2008 at 1:36 am

    I’ve been advocating for Jeff to try to get a post-doc position in New Zealand, and you’re only convincing me more that this is an excellent plan!


    • Cameron says:
    • 29 July, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    I’m not sure I want to leave now!!


  1. That’s an excellent list and why i can totally see why some of my friends live in NZ…..one day I’ll make it there….hopefully soon, I really want to go!


      • Vinny says:
      • 8 January, 2017 at 10:30 am

      It is so great to have a local champion on this vital issue. Marcy can beat Jane Harman — and she will if we all pull together.What a great way to send a message to the weak-kneed psrtco-Demodeaus… to throw Jane Harman, the richest of them all, out of office.


    • Jeanine says:
    • 30 July, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Lembram de mim? Sou a mãe do Felipe Binotto. Nossa, muito legal o blog de vocês, parabéns! Vou até colocar na lista dos meus preferidos no meu blog. Concordo plenamente com a lista sobre as vantagens da NZ. Exceto a parte de esportes que infelizmente não me afetou… 😉 Eu acrescentaria mais uma vantagem que é o fato de não precisarmos ficar inseguros, com medo das reestruturações como ocorriam nas empresas no Brasil. Afinal, aqui sobra emprego para pessoas experientes e isso nos deixa muito mais tranquilos. Em função disso, percebo que aqui as pessoas podem ter muito mais qualidade de vida e um bom equilíbrio na distribuição do tempo que passam trabalhando e o tempo que podem ficar com a família. Eu trabalho em um banco e depois das 5h não tem mais ninguém lá… Beijos


    • Anthony says:
    • 30 July, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Dang, potential trip being dubbed #5 for next year because of you now!


    • Felipe says:
    • 30 July, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    First of all sorry guys for the delay answering you I’ve been a bit lazy these days. So here you go:

    @Theresa, Nomadic Matt
    NZ is great for sure. But is far from perfect (like everywhere), there is a number of social problems, and living far from your friends, family and culture is not easy, also depends on what kind of life you’d like to have it is great for outdoor and nature but not that rich in urban and social life. The only thing I can definitely say is that the visit is worth it, then you can take your own conclusions. Don’t forget to visit me :)

    ¿que pasa cabron? after 1 month of latin warmth u’ll think twice before coming back

    Lembro de você sim no show da Alda Resende. Na minha visão todos os 10 itens são características que percebi como positivas, mas não considero vantagem ou desvantagem. Na minha percepção o Brasil tem muitas qualidades também e mesmo com os defeitos, sempre tive uma vida muito feliz lá. Sobre as reestruturações, não sei dizer, quase não fui empregado, a maior parte da minha carreira foi como empresário. Sobre o tempo concordo absolutamente, aqui temos muito mais tempo livre, mas lá cada minuto é vivido com muito mais intensidade. Como Einstein sabiamente disse “tudo é relativo”.

    You won’t regret my friend I definitely recommend.


    • Camila says:
    • 31 July, 2008 at 1:39 am

    Olá, fiquei conhecendo o blog de vocês através da Jeanine (nossa vida na nova zelândia). Achei muito legal o que vocÊs vão fazer! eu e meu namorado (ano que vem marido!, vamos nos casar) também queremos fazer uma viagem dessas! Começaremos ano que vem nos mudando para NZ!
    Adorei o blog! durante a viagem coloquem fotos e dicas!


    • Priscila says:
    • 31 July, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Oi, conheci vcs no restaurante mexicano em um jantar de aniversario da mulher do Camilo… sou amiga da Ana… muito legal o blog, vi a dica no blog da Jeanine, com certeza sera add aqui nos meus favoritos tb! Boa viagem pra vcs e coloquem muitas fotos para que possamos acompanhar tudo!


    • Camilo says:
    • 31 July, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Nao sei se já disse isso para vcs, mas enfim. Sou fã de vcs. altamente tranquilos e pró alegria.

    I don’t know if I have ever told you that… but… I’m a fan of yours. Totally easy goingg and pro happiness.


    • Wagner says:
    • 1 August, 2008 at 4:08 am

    Fala Felipe! Cara, muito legal o blog! Achei o link (não lembro onde) e já li quase todo… muito show mesmo…

    Tô com o visto de residência da Austrália na mão, e devo estar indo pra Oz agora em setembro, mas definitely a NZ é um lugar que quero muito conhecer! De repente combinamos de tomar uma coldie por ai qqr dia desses heheheh…

    Um abraço!


    • EnselFebruary 19, 2012An impressive share, I just given this onto a colleague who was doing a little analysis on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast because I found it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love reading more on this topic. If possible, as you become expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more details? It is highly helpful for me. Big thumb up for this blog post!


    • It’s a pleasure to find someone who can identify the issues so clearly


    • Felipe says:
    • 1 August, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    @ Camila
    A NZ é um bom ponto de partida. Tudo é bem fácil e tranquilo aqui, peguem uma van e deêm uma explorada pelas duas ilhas que é demais. Não sei como vai ser depois que a viagem começar mas vamos fazer o possível pra manter o blog atualizado.

    Lembro de você sim, a garota de Blenheim. Obrigado pelo apoio e vamos tentar manter sempre atualizado.

    Po meu amigo gaudério, valeu pelo comentário e vamos tramar alguma coisa que todo o fim de semana em casa tá muito monótono.
    Hey my friend “gaudério” (slang for brazilians living in the country side of Rio Grande do Sul state), thanks for the comment and let’s do something cos it’s been really boring stay every weekend at home.

    Posso dizer o mesmo do seu blog, inclusive já coloquei o seu link na nossa lista. Muita informação boa. Parabéns pela residência, muita sorte nessa nova fase da vida, e lembre que você pode sair do Brasil mas o Brasil não vai sair de você. Em setembro também estaremos na Austrália primeiro Sydney depois Perth de repente nos encontramos por lá.


    • Jeanine says:
    • 3 August, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Olá, recebi sim o comentário muito bacana que vcs deixaram no meu blog. Obrigada! Vou estar acompanhando cada momento da viagem de vocês através deste site e espero em breve poder copiar a idéia! Beijos


    • Ana Rita says:
    • 4 August, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Oi Fe
    Adorei o que você escreveu os 10 motivos para sentir saudades da NZ, estou quase convencida a me mudar.
    Acho que os argumentos nem deveriam ter sido tão bons, porque morar perto de sogra, dizem que não é das melhores coisas!!!!!
    Mas falando sério, você escolheu os temas perfeitos, dá pra sentir que é o lugar dos sonhos de qualquer um, particularmente para os brasileiros estressados.
    Parabéns pelo texto, ficou ótimo.


    • otávio says:
    • 6 August, 2008 at 6:59 am

    Hello my brother,
    Really, are 10 very strong reasons to return to New Zealand.
    Only gave me more desire to live there! Congratulations by the blog, is very good, the texts are very good and enjoyable to read!
    Good Luck in your travel!
    Otávio Skroski


  2. I can’t wait to make it there… that is a great list! I wanted to visit before reading this, but now… I have to go!


    • Murilo says:
    • 8 August, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Fala Felipe,
    Também fiquei sabendo do seu blog através do Blog da Jeanine. Se tivesse te conhecido antes talvez tentaria me aventurar no surf. É algo que tenho muita vontade de fazer.

    Boa sorte na viagem…Muito SHOW!!!


    • Felipe says:
    • 9 August, 2008 at 9:03 am

    @Ana Rita
    Apesar de aqui ser um lugar com varias qualidades também tem seus defeitos. E o Brasil apesar dos defeitos tem muitas qualidades. E o mais engraçado é que eventualmente alguns defeitos são qualidades e vice-versa. É tudo uma questão de ver as coisas pelo lado positivo.
    Mas com certeza vale a pena vir e ficar um tempo, e ai quando vocês vêm?

    Hey brother you’re in the perfect age to travel. Doesn’t matter if is here or anywhere else. Travel is learning and this experience will change your life forever. Hope to meet you in Brasil before you come.

    I really recomend it.

    Se você tem vontade porque não tentar, Lyall Bay é um lugar bem fácil pra aprender.


    • Flávio Augusto says:
    • 19 August, 2008 at 7:05 am

    Gostei muito do blogg de vocês e ainda mais pois quero tentar esta vida com minha família – sou casado e tenho um bebê de 8 meses. Estou fazendo uns contatos e, se puderem, gostaria de umas diacas de como sair do Brasil com um emprego ou bem encaminhado, qual o caminho para arrumar uma casa, escola para criança…e tudo o mais que for possível.
    Uma pergunta: vocês buscaram informações sobre a Austrália…em morar lá?
    Obrigado e um abraço.


    • Felipe says:
    • 19 August, 2008 at 10:37 am

    As minhas dicas são:
    – Como você tem família faça um bom planejamento, você vai colher mais frutos se tomar decisões a longo prazo que a curto.
    – Informação, informação, informação
    – Ingles, ingles, ingles

    E o todas as informações práticas que vc precisa estão em:
    http://www.immigration.govt.nz e pra se informar mais sobre o país vá em http://www.newzealand.com, revire esses sites de ponta cabeça que tudo que você imaginar em perguntar as respostas estarao lá.

    – Emprego: http://www.seek.co.nz
    – Casa: http://www.trademe.co.nz

    Sobre Austrália :
    As informaçoes sobre imigraçao estão em: http://www.immi.gov.au/ e tbém tem o blog do wagner que tem informações mais detalhadas sobre o visto de residente: http://wagnernaaustralia.blogspot.com/

    Boa sorte


  3. Olá, eu de novo!
    Estou lendo o blog de vcs de cabo a rabo, e encontrei muita coisa legal, ainda mais que estou prestes a encarar uma viagem pra NZ, sem saber ao certo quanto tempo vou ficar.
    Esse post me deixou ainda mais animada e curiosa pra conhecer esse lugar!


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