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    In the US, I have lived in scenic towns with fast (broadband) internet, and good bus and trail systems. This has enabled me to work at home, and jog/bike/walk to stores rather than drive. I'm hoping that my first NZ home will let me continue those habits.

    At this point, I am favoring the south island, mostly for the proximity to the big mountains.

    I notice that the big cities (Christchurch, Dunedin) tend to be on the east coast, in the plains. I'm guessing those towns are bike-friendly, and probably have decent internet and buses due to being college towns. Do they have lots of scenic hiking trails as well? Or are they really city-cities, where the focus is more on culture than nature?

    Queenstown looks like it has lots of scenic nature around, but what about its buses and internet? Are there any tech jobs there?

    Also, what about the towns in the west? It seems like they could be very scenic, but more tourist-centric. Does this mean they don't have a bus system, so you have to drive all the time? And how about the internet connections over there?

    Do you have any recommendations for a "first town" in which someone can work at home (via the internet) and never have to drive, while being surrounded by cool trails and natural scenery?

    Thanks a bunch!

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    I wouldn't say that broadband is that fast in NZ, but then I don't know how fast it is in the US. If you do a search for 'broadband' it should bring up some threads about it both from forum members and also some content from the media.

    With regard to Queenstown, it is very much a tourist town and geared towards tourism, so I wouldn't like to say whether you'd stand much chance of getting a job there unless it was in hospitality or other related areas. It could be a tad uncomfortable to live there while it's inundated with tourists at various times of the year.

    I don't think Christchurch could be classed as a 'city' city although I've had no experience of it yet. I would hope some of those who live down that way can help you out with answers to your queries.

    I gather that the west of south island tends to be a bit wild and woolly and the chances of getting a job there probably wouldn't be too great.
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    An up-to-date bit of info about broadband.

    Net gets faster as NZ steps up links
    10:58AM Wednesday Dec 24, 2008

    Industry investment drove continuous improvement in national broadband
    performance during the past six months, a report prepared for the Commerce Commission says.

    It found New Zealand was ranked as one of the world's fastest-growing
    broadband markets, with the sixth highest broadband penetration growth in the world.

    Total broadband penetration was 20.4 per 100 inhabitants, bringing this
    country almost into line with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development average of 21 for the first time.

    In the past two years this country's broadband penetration had increased 8.8 points, or 76 per cent, from 11.5 in June 2006. It was now just a few points behind Australia at 23.5, and on a par with Italy and Spain.

    But the rate of broadband adoption was showing signs of moderating, the September quarter report on broadband quality said.

    Commissioned from broadband measurement consultancy Epitiro and
    ICT analysts IDC, the report examines the quality of broadband service provided by internet service providers.

    More here.
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    Thanks!

    I head on a podcast yesterday that mass transit isn't as developed in NZ as the US, at least as far as big cities goes. Does this mean it's hard to live somewhere like Dunedin, Christchurch, Queenstown, Wellington, or Aukland without car?

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    We live just outside of Christchurch and to be honest, if you have kids, it's a nightmare without a car. We had about 4 weeks with only one car (which the wife used for work) and with two kids under 5 I was a bit stuck. The public transport into Christchurch City is good, it just becomes hard work if you want to go anywhere else.
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    I live Just North of Porirua which is north of Wellington along Highway 1. The train runs pretty much alongside the highway so you can catch the train into Porirua or right into Welli. Most areas around Welli have regular bus services into the local centres or into Wellington itself.

    Obviously the further away from the main centres you get the lesser the public transport.
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