Good Places To Live With Surfing And Dh Biking?

Postby PNW on Wed 24/Jun/09 2:16am

I'm planning on moving to New Zealand for a about a year towards the end of this year and want to know what places you guys would recommend living that have good DH riding and surfing close by. Also I will be working at least part time, so it would need to be some where that has work.

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Re: Good Places To Live With Surfing And Dh Biking?

Postby mundi on Wed 24/Jun/09 5:53am

Its a little chilly, but Dunedin has good amounts of both!
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Re: Good Places To Live With Surfing And Dh Biking?

Postby Tama on Wed 24/Jun/09 6:10am

What sort of work do you do?

Christchurch and Wellington both have surfing and downhill riding close to the city.
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Re: Good Places To Live With Surfing And Dh Biking?

Postby Conners on Wed 24/Jun/09 7:33am

Depends on how close you need to be to both really.
I've just moved to the Bay of Plenty. Surf beaches within walking distance from the house, and Rotorua (one of the awesomest places to ride in NZ - and with shuttled DH tracks as well) is 50 mins drive away. You could easily position yourself to be closer to both as well.
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Re: Good Places To Live With Surfing And Dh Biking?

Postby danose on Wed 24/Jun/09 9:03am

Tama wrote:What sort of work do you do?

Christchurch and Wellington both have surfing and downhill riding close to the city.



depends a lot on what quality of surfing you're after - most of the chch beaches are pretty hopeless (taylors being the exception), for decent surf you're looking at either the peninsula (hickory bay etc ) or driving up the coast (both about 1hrs drive min - at which point you can't really call it 'close')

in real terms dunedin has both better surf and closer to town - though the downside is it's DHing isn't as good as chch, so it'll come down to which is your priority (and how far you're willing to drive to do either)
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Re: Good Places To Live With Surfing And Dh Biking?

Postby Scotty on Wed 24/Jun/09 9:06am

danose wrote:though the downside is it's DHing isn't as good as chch,

:lol:

Oh yup. Sure.
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Re: Good Places To Live With Surfing And Dh Biking?

Postby slidecontrol on Wed 24/Jun/09 9:09am

I hate to say it, but hamilton ( while it has nothing to offer in itself ) is in easy reach of both coasts ( raglan FTW ), vegas and a little bit further afield is the snow. ( in the years that ruapehu actually gets any )
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Re: Good Places To Live With Surfing And Dh Biking?

Postby Conners on Wed 24/Jun/09 9:30am

And
Scotty wrote:
danose wrote:though the downside is it's DHing isn't as good as chch,

:lol:

Oh yup. Sure.

And bear in mind that everyones opinion is biased towards where they live... :lol:
It really depends on which you want to be closer to.
For example Welly has great riding but the most reliable surf spots will require some driving.
Same for Chch, as danose has noted.
Dunedin has both close to town. I've not ridden in Dunners, but Scotty obviously thinks the DH available there is on par with Chch.
Bay of Plenty has good surf on its doorstep, and great surf and riding within an hours drive (two hours to Raglan for surf its happening on the West Coast rather than on the East.
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Re: Good Places To Live With Surfing And Dh Biking?

Postby PNW on Wed 24/Jun/09 2:46pm

Thanks for the info. I do residential electrical work here in the states, but was hoping to get a job working in a bike shop or surf shop. I'm not opposed to doing electrical, just always wanted to work in a shop but was making too much money in electrical to justify changing jobs just for a fun experience.

I was planning on living in two or three different places. I might go for the place with better biking first and then go somewhere with better surf latter.

Thanks again and any info is appreciated.
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Re: Good Places To Live With Surfing And Dh Biking?

Postby E Dogg Capizzle on Wed 24/Jun/09 3:16pm

slidecontrol wrote:I hate to say it, but hamilton ( while it has nothing to offer in itself )


That's horrible advice. :D
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Re: Good Places To Live With Surfing And Dh Biking?

Postby surfbum on Wed 24/Jun/09 3:25pm

slidecontrol wrote:I hate to say it, but hamilton ( while it has nothing to offer in itself ) is in easy reach of both coasts ( raglan FTW ), vegas and a little bit further afield is the snow. ( in the years that ruapehu actually gets any )

I hate to agree here but hamilton is close to raglan rotovegas and bay of plenty beaches and has work.Tauranga would have work too further to raglan tho but closer to Gisborne.Really Gisborne,Raglan and Dunedin are the best surf spots in the country.Rotorua could be a good home it's within a couple of hours drive to many good surf beaches on both coasts and has pretty good riding 5 minutes ride from city centre.You'd have to learn to be politically correct tho.
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Re: Good Places To Live With Surfing And Dh Biking?

Postby skint on Wed 24/Jun/09 3:34pm

Taranaki = great surf, average DH but lotsa jobs and only a few hours to Rotovegas or Whangavegas.
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Re: Good Places To Live With Surfing And Dh Biking?

Postby Henry Dorset Case on Wed 24/Jun/09 3:37pm

No one's mentioned Auckland
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Re: Good Places To Live With Surfing And Dh Biking?

Postby Biker4Life on Wed 24/Jun/09 3:42pm

Conners wrote:And
Scotty wrote:
danose wrote:though the downside is it's DHing isn't as good as chch,

:lol:

Oh yup. Sure.

And bear in mind that everyones opinion is biased towards where they live... :lol:
It really depends on which you want to be closer to.
For example Welly has great riding but the most reliable surf spots will require some driving.
Same for Chch, as danose has noted.
Dunedin has both close to town. I've not ridden in Dunners, but Scotty obviously thinks the DH available there is on par with Chch.
Bay of Plenty has good surf on its doorstep, and great surf and riding within an hours drive (two hours to Raglan for surf its happening on the West Coast rather than on the East.


Ive ridden Dunedin DH and Christchurch Dh. Dunedin is fun but there are only a couple of tracks.

Chch is far superior. A large variety of tracks, more tracks than I ever expected. Have everything from super smooth flowy tracks to steep rough tracks.

Surfing is better/closer in Dunedin tho
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Re: Good Places To Live With Surfing And Dh Biking?

Postby scatter on Wed 24/Jun/09 3:42pm

surfbum wrote:
slidecontrol wrote:I hate to say it, but hamilton ( while it has nothing to offer in itself ) is in easy reach of both coasts ( raglan FTW ), vegas and a little bit further afield is the snow. ( in the years that ruapehu actually gets any )

I hate to agree here but hamilton is close to raglan rotovegas and bay of plenty beaches and has work.


1.5hrs up the road to Piha/Muriwai/Bethells for teh surfs too.
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