Hi all, Moving back from OZ...need some cool weather!

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7 years 2 months ago #39529 by jross
Hi all, :)

Great site and lots of valuable info...

So, I'm moving back to NZ in 2 weeks and buying 6 acres close to Pongaroa. Love my privacy and the quiet country...

Sold my 46 acres, bush block mostly, 50km s/w of Noosa...why? after 10 years, I'm over the summers here, just to damn hot the last 3 years and looking forward to good ole NZ winters.

Really miss a fire and hot baths :D

At first I'm just going to get the property ship-shape and enjoy the winter...yeah ok, I can hear ya...then start some serious gardening and look towards a few animals...Guess I'm an old hippy at heart.

Take care

Ross

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7 years 2 months ago #505757 by Anakei
Welcome :)

I'm right behind you - we are putting our house on the market in Brisbane this month and hope to be in NZ soon. The summer this year was never ending - and not in a good way! The first thing I am going to do in NZ is go for a nice brisk walk without breaking into a muck sweat!

Urban mini farmer and guerilla gardener

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7 years 2 months ago #505767 by Blueberry
well, well - welcome back to NZ, then :)

[;)] Blueberry
treading lightly on mother earth

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7 years 2 months ago #505771 by LongRidge
Welcome back, and very interested about your weather comment. One of my sons is thinking of taking his wife and 3 under 5 year old kids to Broome because he has a good job offer, but he already has a good job in Nelson close to his close family. Aren't kids daft ....

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7 years 2 months ago #505773 by jross

LongRidge;512183 wrote: Welcome back, and very interested about your weather comment. One of my sons is thinking of taking his wife and 3 under 5 year old kids to Broome because he has a good job offer, but he already has a good job in Nelson close to his close family. Aren't kids daft ....


Broome from Nelson...Yikes!

It would have to be offering one serious remuneration package for that to be considered, seriously; particularly with wife and youngins in tow. A major adaption required.

Broome is REALLY hot, 9 months of the year, 3 months still in late 20's edging 30's! Then there is the unbelievable humidity for 6 months and when it rains, (monsoon season) it's crazy...

Also, that Indian Ocean just loves whipping up them there Cyclones...and that is not for the faint hearted.

That being said, the Kimberly's are extraordinarily beautiful with a rich and diverse history...For the average Kiwi, your on a different planet.

I would suggest they "go there first" and check out the groove...here is a link worthy of a look see.

www.weatherzone.com.au/climate/station.jsp?lt=site&lc=3003

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7 years 2 months ago #505857 by Barnrat
Welcome home... Good to see the 'brain drain' reversing.

I never could understand the need to run off to the land of oz. Good to check it out sure, but to live there all year round is another matter.

Northland is a happy medium for those that want to escape the ice and snow of the deep south, but retain the Kiwi 'culture'.

Why run off to expensive Queensland to swelter in uncomfortable heat, when the North has so many beautiful beaches, an ideal gardening climate and lots of cheap real estate.

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7 years 2 months ago #505903 by Deanna
Welcome back Ross, you will find plenty of help in here as you know. I wish you plenty of cool nights and steaming outdoor baths.

25 acres, 1400 Blue Gums, Wiltshire sheep, 5 steers, 2 cows, ducks, chickens, bees, dog, cats, retired, 1 husband and 3 grandkids.

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7 years 2 months ago #505905 by jross

I wish you plenty of cool nights and steaming outdoor baths.

Thank you, and yes...outside baths are just divine! Glass of red with an open view to the wondrous Universe...that's living :D

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7 years 2 months ago #505917 by kai

jross;512185 wrote:

Broome is REALLY hot, 9 months of the year, 3 months still in late 20's edging 30's! Then there is the unbelievable humidity for 6 months and when it rains, (monsoon season) it's crazy...

There are places in NZ a lot hotter than that, where I used to live we saw temperatures in the 40s let alone the 30s. There was 3 months of the year when it did not drop below 30.

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7 years 2 months ago #505931 by jross

kai;512350 wrote: There are places in NZ a lot hotter than that, where I used to live we saw temperatures in the 40s let alone the 30s. There was 3 months of the year when it did not drop below 30.

Sure, Some areas can experience 40+ but not for months and months on end like Broome which regularly hits 44-45+

Yesterday, it was 33c, for late April

NZ has very few days in the 40's and not that many in the 30's, certainly not weeks into months.

I'm curious where you experienced 3 months of 30c temps?

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7 years 2 months ago #505932 by muri
I think the thing about Queensland northern new south wales is the humidity, not the actual temperature. 30-40 degrees with 90-99% humidity as they get in Northern NSW and Qland, is not found in NZ at all and quite unlike our climate anywhere in the country.
I went there mid winter last year, the temperatures were the same as our auckland summer

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7 years 2 months ago #505943 by jross

muri;512365 wrote: I think the thing about Queensland northern new south wales is the humidity, not the actual temperature. 30-40 degrees with 90-99% humidity as they get in Northern NSW and Qland, is not found in NZ at all and quite unlike our climate anywhere in the country.
I went there mid winter last year, the temperatures were the same as our auckland summer


Yes Muri,

30c real air temp here in Noosa, then add the humidity factor and you get a "feels like" 38c

NSW/QLD is considered mild in terms of humidity compared to say Rockhampton north to Cairns, and that is some serious humidity.

Broome is close to latitude of Cairns and has the same humidity when the monsoons come, a lot less rain forests so can at times have a lower Humidity...but again I say, once you hit 33+, anywhere in the northern arc, it's damn hot!

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7 years 2 months ago #505972 by kai

jross;512364 wrote:

NZ has very few days in the 40's and not that many in the 30's, certainly not weeks into months.

I'm curious where you experienced 3 months of 30c temps?

Believe me where we were it has about 3 months of rarely below 30, even at night it could still be high 20s.
Kaitorete Spit is hot as hell and dry as hell. That is why we like Kapiti as our place stays green all year round.

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7 years 2 months ago #506022 by wandering free

muri;512365 wrote: I think the thing about Queensland northern new south wales is the humidity, not the actual temperature. 30-40 degrees with 90-99% humidity as they get in Northern NSW and Qland, is not found in NZ at all and quite unlike our climate anywhere in the country.
I went there mid winter last year, the temperatures were the same as our auckland summer

Those temperature are getting close to what a human can survive, a wet bulb temperature of 35C will kill you in a few hours.

I found the Waimea planes to hot this year, the extremes seem to be getting worse over here to.

Just me and the cat now, on 2 acres of fruit and veg + hazel nuts, macadamia, chestnuts and walnuts,
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