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Only one Tundra in New Zealand?

Been visiting NZ for the last two weeks and I've only seen one Tundra. Spotted this beauty on display on the South Island.



Not many full size pick ups here, but a ton of mid sized trucks. Passed by a small Toyota dealer tonight and couldn't pass up this sweet 2017 Hilux. 3.0L Diesel, 4x4 TRD. Amazing little truck. The Euro Ford Ranger looks very similar to this Hilux. Haven't snapped a pic of one yet.







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I have a friend from Australia and when she came to visit last year, she kept referring to my Tundra as a "monster truck." I guess they drive smaller vehicles over there.

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I have a friend from Australia and when she came to visit last year, she kept referring to my Tundra as a "monster truck." I guess they drive smaller vehicles over there.
Correct. This is their full size truck:




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Vehicles are extremely expensive to own and operate in New Zealand, which is why a full size truck is rare indeed. I don't remember the specifics, but my hunting outfitter there was telling about it. It seems like they may even be taxed on the number of miles driven. I spent the entire week in his Hilux diesel and thought it was so cool.

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What brings you to NZ? I lived there for a few years and traveled around to the southern half of the north island and the whole south island. My favorite area was Queenstown.


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What brings you to NZ? I lived there for a few years and traveled around to the southern half of the north island and the whole south island. My favorite area was Queenstown.
My wife and I have always wanted to come here. For me, it's a fly fishing trip. For her, it's bungee jumping and seeing all the sites. We've seen some amazing things, it's hard to believe just how beautiful this country is. Everything on the South Island is like driving through a Lord of the Rings movie set. The people are incredible. I've never seen such a cool vibe in a country. Everyone is beyond nice and welcoming.

These pics were taken in Queenstown by the airport. Our favorite town so far is Wanaka. We are trying to figure out a way to live here, lol. NZ keeps this place on a tight lock down though.
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If you figure out a way to live there, let me know! My wife and I would love to live there too.


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I did the Hilux. Seems to have a big/long shnozz in comparison the the rest of the truck though.


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I was in NZ last year in Jan as well and drove most of north island and upto christ church on south island
stopped by several toyota and lexus dealerships and got to drive lexus 2016 LX450 twin turbo diesel and also the landcruiser version with same engine. was toldfirst time lexus diesel was just introduced in NZ only.
just an awesome country with awesome drives.
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If you figure out a way to live there, let me know! My wife and I would love to live there too.
We did Iceland last year, and fell in love with that country too. But NZ is just on another level of amazing. We've talked to quite a few Kiwi's and people here on work Visa's as well. From what we can gather, New Zealand keeps out the riff raff by making it difficult to become a citizen. I think it's easy to get a work visa for a few months to a year, but residency takes 5 years from what we've heard. One of our home stay hosts told us that if there is a job opening, it must be attempted to be filled by a New Zealander first. Which is why it's so hard to get a good paying job here. Working in the tourism industry seems to get a lot of people's foot in the door, but the high paying jobs are not easy to land.
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Spent the last two days here with a buddy who's been here his whole life. We drove all over the country side fishing trout streams in his Hilux. He said there are no Tundras here because no one here wants a petrol engine. He said diesel rules the roost in NZ, and petrol engines have terrible resale value. Diesels are so much more efficient, he said you couldn't give away a petrol truck, lol. We've seen Toyota Camrys with diesels here, and a bunch of Toyota models I've never heard of, all diesel. We have a little Toyota Carolla GLX (iM in the states), but it's gas.
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Spent the last two days here with a buddy who's been here his whole life. We drove all over the country side fishing trout streams in his Hilux. He said there are no Tundras here because no one here wants a petrol engine. He said diesel rules the roost in NZ, and petrol engines have terrible resale value. Diesels are so much more efficient, he said you couldn't give away a petrol truck, lol. We've seen Toyota Camrys with diesels here, and a bunch of Toyota models I've never heard of, all diesel. We have a little Toyota Carolla GLX (iM in the states), but it's gas.
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