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otsbvpagrs2mo
aqpzzacizbk just arrived in Auckland, #new-zealand
fofe2mo
Hey peeps! Myself and ebjrumfisoz above ^ probably were the last foreigners let into the country. Feeling pretty lucky and thankful to NZ government for letting us trhough
cswg2mo
We went into isolation straight away, but looking for things to do and explore the country once things get back to normal again
caqg2mo
Any recommendations for groups to join on Telegram/FB for hikes and other activities around here?
ykpwju2mo
jaezu lzqqjmfgiln welcome! I made it in Friday morning and am currently in isolation.... yeah, normal might take a bit of time as I'm sure they'll restrict movements within the regions soon...
aukjsc2mo
Telegram groups etc - not sure TBH
kskbrf2mo
Going down south island have to say it's pretty stunning :sunglasses:. For my trails I am using doc.govt.nz|doc.govt.nz for trail status, hop into an i-site for local trails or into any YHA hostel as well, check greatwalks.co.nz|greatwalks.co.nz or do parts of the TA. When they are locking down intercity travel due to covid my whole plans will change quite a bit..
upolgh2mo
Also every city does the normal adventure activities (skydiving, rafting,..). I find a useful way to plan the locations of the YHA hostels. If you travel through those, make sure to take a membership, pays back quickly.
aauten2mo
Ah - I forgot how good the DoC site is. Shows how much I've explored the country of my birth lol ๐Ÿ˜†
zbzens2mo
Alert level raised. Looks like another 4 weeks in isolation. Time to focus on getting some side projects completed!
ztaso2mo
Does anybody know if it will be allowed to change Airbnbs since weโ€™re not supposed to be outside except for grocery shopping and some other essential stuff, especially since they might raise it to the highest level? Mine is rather expensive (as everything here) and after 14 days self-isolation i would move in with other nomads who came here at the same time to share costs, if possible. Also, to get out of Papakura ๐Ÿ˜…
kqrsog2mo
Damn - why did you end up in Papakura lol.... even I wouldn't go there haha. I would try and change AirBnB's before Wednesday if I were you.... however, you will probably need to notify HealthLine (should have received a pamphlet on arrival) with your new address, otherwise if the cops turn up to your current place and you're not there, it could cause you a few issues...
ixlpkhowwnfi2mo
Anyone else wants / needs to extent their NZeTA? I just can't find the right website / form or email for that. Does it make sense to just apply for a visitor visa with a covid note? I have almost completed it, but isn't a visitor visa a bit more expensive than the NZeTA that is like 9$ for waiver countries?
Anyway I just want to extent the visitor status in time, maybe someone else already did that for NZeTA here so let me know.
iyhyi2mo
Yea, the cops have been here already to check ๐Ÿ˜‰ Other friends also changed addresses and notified authorities last week, so Iโ€™ll definitely do that. I ended up here because I had no idea about NZ or Auckland and decided in a matter of hours to bug out of Bali, booked a flight and this was an Airbnb that would take me, cheap enough and near the airport ๐Ÿ˜…
avdkx2mo
ituzwglvpkbuc definitely let us know if itโ€™s possible, we also have been wondering just in case it takes 3+ months. not so worried about visa costs, but I donโ€™t want to overstay of course and wtf knows what flights will look like in 3 months. or tomorrow for that matter ๐Ÿ˜„
evwroqijtm2mo
Man I do not envy the nomad life in this particular moment. Although it does feel nice going โ€˜Oh, 4 weeks in isolation? Nnnno problemโ€™, heh
uadtufppsorg2mo
fyiplvfhily yeah haha I'm glad I am here though as long as everyone keeps their distance we still have a chance. We will see end of this week if people get it.
beeexk2mo
seabdoetpwviu For sure. I guess the good thing so far is only very few have required hospitalisation.... but you're right, we won't know the full extent of things for some time.
vejjdd2mo
jtezox fair enough. Interestingly, I've not had a visit from the cops yet lol.
hvodidcalcjy2mo
xpqjdct with "if people get it" i actually meant if people are smart enough to minimize contacts :D but yeah community transmission should also show up by the end of the week. Just hope bar closures don't lead to young people doing corona parties...
prxswg2mo
Ah, gotcha.
pvlsfvazzvfz2mo
So visitor visa is 246nzd and I attached a Covid19 cover letter.
Anyway I will wait a week or so before paying and submitting in the hopes there will be an official statement or cheaper way to extend.
vwxdqg2mo
Interesting. How long does that give you?
yuru2mo
Nice tips guys. Thanks!
tpzrivnaqaue2mo
The visitor visa? I don't know. You put an end date yourself, i put july 31 to just add another 3 months.
I have to leave by end of april so still time to watch the situation for a week or two, but the planes that do fly won't be cheap so anyway. I prepare mentally for experiencing winter in wellington
nflskt2mo
Winter in Wellington is a bit shite, but not as bad as some other places...
txztcks2mo
Winter in Wellington is not that bad
bjeggbl2mo
I think the worst part about Wellington winter is wellingtonians complaining about how shit it is joyjoy
vdtoto2mo
hahahahaha
iqbeul2mo
ujkhvngm very true. Did you manage to get back, BTW?
dnyqhzp2mo
Not yet. GF still at the hospital. Waiting for her to be discharged to move our flights
vswsmptdrnse2mo
So all temporary visas are being extended to september if it expires between april 1 and july 9.
People will get an email confirmation.
If visa expires before april 1 for whatever reason have to apply online for a new visa if they can't get out in time
xyrspabzkc2mo
Oh wow! Mine would expire mid June. I really love this country so far โค๏ธ
fagqd2mo
That doesnโ€™t include NZETA though right URRDC9ULT?
bbshd2mo
www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19/coronavirus-update-inz-responsebr />
> โ€œTravellers with a temporary (work, student, visitor, interim and limited) visa expiring before 1 April 2020 who are unable to leave New Zealand must apply online for a new visa. An interim visa will be issued.
> Travellers with a temporary visa due to expire between 1 April and 9 July 2020 will have their visas extended to late September. Confirmation of extensions will be emailed to all visa holders.โ€
lonuaanocpaz2mo
cjosjb well i would think NZeTA is a temporary visitor visa... but yeah I am not sure. It's a bit weird they simply won't mention that type ever
qwetjpblllyb2mo
If i don't hear from them 2 weeks before expiry i will apply or call or whatever
zqxxz2mo
Itโ€™s technically visa waiver (โ€œElectronic Travel Authorityโ€) I think. So just a registration to confirm we actually do _not_ need a visa. But thanks anyway. Iโ€™ll see what I need in 2 months, canโ€™t forsee anything now anyway ๐Ÿ™‚
ayvpux2mo
fpspwbo just arrived in ๐Ÿ Queenstown, #new-zealand
aepmxg2mo
Haha, damn I didn't break the stay-at-home rules, settings on the site were outdated, was already here since tuesday ๐Ÿ˜Ž
xyvjej2mo
hahaha
nmuylsdgbwy2mo
fjxjuwccbnbo just arrived in Auckland, #new-zealand
wptngkvryr2mo
hvefwfjoxkm just arrived in Rotorua, #new-zealand
rztazeu2mo
Still moving around?
pyuyjtkpqa2mo
Nope, had to leave โ€™cause we couldnโ€™t extend the AirBnB after the self-isolation period, which smoothly transitioned into the Level 4 lockdown. Had no choice. Luckily, we can stay here now until the lockdown is over
kfqrmlcpxfc2mo
Hey guys, anyone in auckland?
iriozpy2mo
Yup ๐Ÿ‘‹
ubror2mo
Yup! West harbor
fhdbyx2mo
You went from one side of Auckland right over to the other bfjjiy ๐Ÿ˜†
ysted2mo
But this one is a nice big house with friends and a nice view of the city โ€ฆ much better than papakura ๐Ÿ˜›
tvahvk2mo
Mate, anywhere is better than Papakura
dydkdt2mo
hahaha
wihufo2mo
But yeah, some decent sized family homes out west Auckland way..
grthgwtpfrw2mo
For how long will you be in auckland?
qwjvmevpxdf2mo
Maybe after the lockdown we can go for beer or pool or both ๐Ÿ˜Ž
laogx2mo
The government seems to think September ๐Ÿ˜… I donโ€™t have a plan but wouldnโ€™t mind staying here longer if I get to see the country after the lockdown. And itโ€™s not like I have a home to go back to ๐Ÿ˜›
purlw2mo
Thereโ€™s 8 of us in this house, we should definitely have a winter BBQ or something when itโ€™s possible again
bzifuz2mo
It'll be before September ๐Ÿ™‚
zptte2mo
Not the level 4 lockdown, but they extended the visas until September. Also, no predictions concerning this age well ๐Ÿ˜› So letโ€™s see, definitely keen on some beers and BBQ
nhqshy2mo
Ah - true.
sajxmzp1mo
I ended up stuck in Dunedin the last month, but may run for Christchurch either this weekend or next.
On 6 June, I'm flying up to North Island from Christchurch. On 11 June, I have a flight to head home (Iowa) from Auckland.
I expect the international flight will go through, but worry they will keep me from the domestic one.

Anyone else in Christchurch? What is your living situation like?
rjnkztc1mo
Also, another topic- but does anyone here have a NZ Credit/Debit card that allows them to spend overseas with little-to-no conversion fees?
I have my US cards (VentureOne and the like) that are amazing while traveling. Though, I make a New Zealand income that I want to spend in South America next year.
Converting money from NZD to USD, in order to spend it as COP just seems ridiculous. Thanks for any advice!
dcbguqmv1mo
xynroxlq Not really a traditional bank account but you can use Transferwise borderless (it comes with a debit card with very high spending limits). If you're a US citizen you can also use Revolut. Both option have the cheapest fees out there I believe, especially for NZ which doesn't have many options.
kqnslwaz1mo
I'm using both to convert from/to USD/NZD and it's working very well for me
jaciabju1mo
especially Revolut since there is really 0 fees for the conversion
ynxyjnz1mo
Thanks aquyjcesx I have the Transferwise borderless card issued out of the US. I've been using it to send money from NZ to the US.
Though, Transferwise fees from NZ or US to Colombia (where I plan on living come July) are very high. It's actually cheaper to use my New Zealand ANZ debit card and pay the 1.8% conversion fee.

I'll look into Revolut now. If you have one, feel free to PM me a referral link.
pbojdckq1mo
hnlvccuv In the background Revolut uses transferwise but I use Revolut anyways because for some reason they do not have the fees Transferwise has (for instance with TW you would pay ~$4,5 to convert your money, with Revolut it's 0)
sgatgzs1mo
nqijirggw - I'm downloading the app now and will take a look. Thanks.
gxyaruiy1mo
otteionh The only thing you have to be careful about is the intermediate bank fees when you transfer money. For instance I noticed when I transferred $8k USD I've got a $20 fee but when I transferred $4k USD I've got $0 fees. Also the $8k USD was much faster to arrive than the $4k. I think they probably have internal thresholds (like > $5k) and depending on the amount they internally use a specific intermediate bank.
dnkwmcvq1mo
Now I only transfer sums < $5k to make sure I don't get any hidden fees
rkummonk1mo
Wow I didn't know that, tbh I use my transferwise card only to top up Revolut haha
izezculr1mo
since it's instant transfer at $0 fee
mlpsagvb1mo
and Revolut works pretty much anywhere, even in the butthole of the world (I used it in French Polynesia)
iezwhns1mo
That's good to know about the possible fees for higher amounts. Probably wouldn't go over $2-3k at a time anyway.
ppifuxrk1mo
You can hold NZD with Revolut with instant conversion from/to USD at $0 fee
czucbqij1mo
unlike TW
lwimurw1mo
qbdyrsdhc - I've been messing with the Revolut app for the last 30min and am unimpressed.
โ€ข There is no human support, unless you pay $10 for premium. (When I called, I selected the key to leave a formal complaint- and was immediatly disconnected. lol)
โ€ข The name they put on my new card (that they are mailing to me) is not my proper\legal name. I was able to contact Transferwise to have this easily corrected; Revolut doesn't have a way for them to be contacted.
โ€ข When I try to add money to my Revolut New Zealand account, it will only let me add US Dollars. Even after selecting my NZ account, the only way to charge Revolut seems to be USD.
โ€ข It might be that my account is empty, but I can't see anyway to transfer money from one currency to another. Nor am I able to see any of their fees listed.
The issue may be somewhat with me not understanding how this company operates. Though, if I can't even contact them for support without paying... I'm not inclined to link my bank account. Thoughts?
usgqfqy1mo
As you suggested, I'm sending money to Transferwise in order to send money to Revolut, as a test.
riglinel1mo
ynczzvmc Hum, interesting. I'm a metal customer so my experience might be a bit different. As for the support I always get someone on the chat (and most of the time pretty quickly). Note To bypass the bot and reach a human just type `/human` in the chat.

For NZD indeed you have to top up your money in USD and them make the conversion within the app or you can top up with NZD but with an IBAN number.

> It might be that my account is empty, but I can't see anyway to transfer money from one currency to another. Nor am I able to see any of their fees listed.
To transfer from one currency to another you have an "Exchange" button in the app. As for the fees there are none with most operation (if not stated). What kind of fees are we talking about?
vdnxicz1mo
Hey hmibittxc thanks for the pointers. It appears the chat option within the app is only for paying customers ($10 USD month). So, no support for someone on a free account.

My income is in NZD and I have the goal of spending overseas.
lcfpmpj1mo
The fees for Revolut seem to be hidden under a less than optimal exchange rate. Still the end result seems to be a better overall rate than Transferwise. Iโ€™d be curious to see if I can use the card in Colombia- as it doesnโ€™t look like a currency they support.

Thanks again for the support. I may stick to Transferwise for the time being. Hope you still got the referral points, as I added money to my account.
chgvuvodp1mo
why do you need to send money anywhere? use your NZ card to top up your transferwise and use your transferwise card in Colombia
wfykkwulj1mo
oops wait I missed a big chunk of the conversation which just loaded ๐Ÿ˜„
nctljxtmk1mo
so ignore what I wrote above if not pertinent
toccdyb1mo
eirelzvzck - Today I opened a New Zealand credit card through ANZ bank. Both the New Zealand debit card and credit card take 1.8% in a conversion fee (no foreign transaction fee). That rate is better than what Transferwise offers converting to Colombian Peso.
jnreecn1mo
The other issue is that my cards mat not work in some countries, such as Bolivia, at all. I need to check and see what my US cards say.

The best (but painful) option may be to convert from NZD to USD with Transferwise, then use my US CapitolOne cards on South America.

I like the seemingly better transfer rate offered by Revolut. Though, they donโ€™t take NZD which is where I am starting.
ydwoxace1mo
That's very weird because I can definitely use NZD with my Revolut
mhutdkrt1mo
I even used it when I was in New Zealand
sbwtksjf1mo
and I can click "Add money" and I get an IBAN for money transfers
pwbohxuo1mo
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bdgjegsy1mo
(I sent you a picture of what "Add money" looks like on my side in dm)
emcipqt1mo
qmjvqigpa - Thanks for the PM.
My guess is that contributing via NZD is only an option for select users, or paid accounts.
Perhaps I'll try a premium account for a month. Thanks.
cwggramabi29d
gocfxddwakg just arrived in Wellington, #new-zealand
wgqugfr29d
xvwuvoac just arrived in Christchurch, #new-zealand
hfjehhongi27d
0 reported cases today for the first time since cases were reported. Borders will be closed for a long time yet, bit the Great New Zealand Road Trip looking like a good possibility for this year
ilkmiq27d
Yeah, I think borders will open faster than we think.... a trans-tasman bubble will be first, and then other countries like Taiwan will be quickly added to the mix...
vavdve26d
ekbjufye That place in Bream Bay looks amazing
dqrdpvx26d
It was a spectacular view. I've had some nice housesits over the past year.
dkvdsuslkc15d
wdplenajosd just arrived in New Plymouth, #new-zealand
cxyudkbjfa14d
chrgtmqelkf just arrived in Wellington, #new-zealand
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