So what do we know about New Zealand?
Home to the Flight of the Conchords and the Internet supervillain Kim Dotcom, it’s where they filmed Lord of the Rings and they
drive on the left and according to Quora.com they also mention how its people radiate extreme friendliness.
But there are certainly some things NOT to do there!
1. Don’t confuse New Zealand with Australia!
It can be a sensitive topic, and people can get into all kinds of
irrational comparisons when challenged on the topic, like this one.
So you get there, but alass it’s raining!
2.Don’t freak out about the rain
It’s not worth waiting for the rain to stop before you head out.
In ten-minute intervals you’ll be rained on, get sunburnt, or catch a
chill from a southerly
A Southerly is a cold wind that comes up from Antarctica. So take a fleece.
3: Forget Fashion!
Even Kiwis openly joke about the ugliness of their shorts.
New Zealand is a laid back sort of place with a relaxed dress code.
The summer uniform is shorts and jandals (flip-flops) or even barefoot; for the winter, just add a hoodie and beanie.
4. Don’t sunbathe!
Thanks to the hole in the ozone layer, the burn time in New Zealand is about 7-10 minutes in the summer. Wear sun protection at all times
You can ask any Kiwi kid and they’ll tell you to “Slip, Slop, Slap, and Wrap!”
(slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen, slap on a hat, and wrap on
5. Don’t stay indoors in the summer!
It’s just not allowed! No self-respecting Kiwi would waste a perfect day indoors when there’s so much going on outside, and would be horrified to think that you’re missing out on all the cultural festivals, like the Lantern Festival at Chinese New Year, and Pasifika, one of the biggest Polynesian festivals in the world.
Even parks host local festivals, where you can bring a picnic and
enjoy the free concerts,
plays, or movies.
6. Don’t underestimate the cuisine
You just need to know where to look. Ask around and look down side streets to see where Kiwis are eating. You have to try a steak and cheese pie or a mince potato top, but don’t stop there. New Zealand is close to Asia, and they have a lot of good Asian food too.
7. Don’t miss the local music
With such a small population, it’s hard for New Zealand to attract
big name bands. (like Take That) There are many talented local musicians that have filled the void.
Now go enjoy New Zealand!!!