Retirees loving Auckland life

Last updated 11:10 20/06/2014
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Auckland: My livable city Auckland is home - and I love it Retirees loving Auckland life

As retirees, we have recently shifted to Auckland after 26 years in Nelson.

We have paid twice as much money for half the property we owned in Nelson and many people have told us we're nuts.

Why did we do this?

Nelson is a lovely part of New Zealand and has a nice community. We enjoyed all our years there and we appreciate that it was a wonderful place to bring up kids.

But in all our busy years there, I yearned for the buzz and the vibrancy of a bigger city.

We bought in St. Mary's Bay. Living centrally was important to us and we are lucky to be able to afford to do this.

Since we got here in January, we've been to wonderful productions of Angels in America and a Noel Coward play at Q Theatre.

We've enjoyed live comedy at the magnificent Civic Theatre, Q Theatre and the Comedy Club. 

We were front stage for Bruce Springsteen.

My husband Gary has been to Eden Park, North Shore Stadium, Vector Arena and Ellerslie for sporting events.

I took in several writers at the Auckland Writers Festival.

We've both been to several foreign or indie films at the Academy Theatre underneath the Auckland Central Library.

Nelson is a small city and if you love hiking and kayaking, the bush, and deserted beaches, it's fantastic.

But if you enjoy the buzz and vibrancy of a multicultural city with plenty of green spaces and good walks, a city that offers everything but is still manageable, Auckland is the place.

People who complain about the traffic haven't been to Istanbul.

Auckland is a beautiful place. We're retired and we're loving what Auckland offers us.

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