New Zealand has mild temperatures, moderately high rainfall, and many hours of sunshine. The average New Zealand temperature decreases as you travel south. January and February are the warmest months, and July is the coldest month of the year. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20-30ºC (70-90°F) and in winter between 10-15ºC (50-60°F).
English & Maori
Kiwi Society & Culture
There can be marked differences between Maori and NZ European (Pakeha) societies and culture. This is particularly apparent when moving in tribal (Iwi) circles. Due to colonisation and tribal differences, there can also be subtle but important variations in protocols. The following sections outline aspects most likely to occur when doing business with tribal groups but can also equally apply to any group that includes Maori.
New Zealanders are friendly, outgoing, somewhat reserved initially yet polite, and enjoy extending hospitality. They are quite easy to get to know as they say hello to strangers and will offer assistance without being asked. Because they do not stand on ceremony and are egalitarian, they move to a first name basis quickly and shun the use of titles. Kiwis dress casually, but neatly. ost restaurants do not have dress codes and except in business, dress is decidedly casual. Business dress is conservative, although jackets may be removed and shirtsleeves rolled up when working.
Maori are generally friendly and reserved and place great value on hospitality. . They will generally offer (often to the point of going without) assistance to their guests and will attempt to hide the inconvenience as much as possible. . Maori will spontaneously launch into speech and song. Even though they may not have met each other, they will know many songs they can sing together and often use these to close or enhance speeches. . They will often call for visitors to do the same and it would be wise to have 2-3 practised songs from your own country to reply with.
Meeting and Greeting
Greetings are casual, often consisting simply of a handshake and a smile. Never underestimate the value of the smile as it indicates pleasure at meeting the other person. Although New Zealanders move to first names quickly, it is best to address them by their honorific title and surname until they suggest moving to a more familiar level or they call you by your first name.
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|2-Jan||Friday||Day after New Year’s Day|
|19-Jan||Monday||Wellington Anniversary Day|
|26-Jan||Monday||Auckland Anniversary Day|
|2-Feb||Monday||Nelson Anniversary Day|
|9-Mar||Monday||Taranaki Anniversary Day|
|23-Mar||Monday||Otago Anniversary Day|
|7-Apr||Tuesday||Southland Anniversary Day|
|28-Sep||Monday||Canterbury (South) Anniversary Day|
|23-Oct||Friday||Hawkes’ Bay Anniversary Day|
|2-Nov||Monday||Marlborough Anniversary Day|
|13-Nov||Friday||Canterbury Anniversary Day|
|30-Nov||Monday||Westland Anniversary Day|
|28-Dec||Monday||Boxing Day (Observed)|
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380 Queen Street, Auckland 1141, New Zealand
The first and only city on my list, Napier stands out among New Zealand communities. Much of its distinctive character came after a 1931 earthquake leveled the city. The rebuilding effort spurred the local economy out of its depression, and the facades were styled in progress-oriented Art Deco. It’s a city that values form and aesthetics, both natural and man-made. Exceptional weather doesn’t hurt either.
South Island’s west coast feels a lot like the edge of the world. The beaches are violent and rocky, and the lush vegetation gives it a primal, wild sort of atmosphere. Punakaiki is a tiny settlement that exists for no purpose other than to service the hordes that come to see the area’s most striking feature: a unique coastal rock formation called Pancake rocks.
The Waikato River
As it spills out of Lake Taupo, the Waikato is an unreal blue color. It’s so vivid, it almost looked fake to me, like it was an elaborate, river-shaped swimming pool. I hiked a few kilometers alongside it until I reached the famous Huka falls. Taupo’s Bungee Jump is situated above a picturesque bend in the Waikato.
Franz Josef Ranges
Franz Josef Glacier is a huge draw on the South Island’s West coast. I teamed up with an American girl I met in Punakaiki to tackle a 1300m mountain called Alex Knob to get a higher (and cheaper) vantage point of the glacier than we’d get from a guided tour. The mount was shrouded in mist the whole time, so we didn’t see much of the glacier, but we still got some incredible views of the surrounding rainforest and mountains.
Tongariro National Park
Mordor! A rugged, volcanic landscape that more closely resembles Mars than typical North Island New Zealand. It provided the perfect filming location for the evil realm of Mordor in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. There is a famous 19km hike through its center called the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
The Sky Tower is an observation and telecommunications tower located in New Zealand’s largest city. At a height of 328 meters (1,076 ft) it is the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere and the Sky Tower has become an iconic structure in Auckland’s skyline. The tower offers views of up to 80 km away and fine dining in the Orbit revolving restaurant.
New Zealand is 6 hours and 30 minutes ahead of India
Official Currency “New Zealand Dollar”
The best times to visit Auckland are April and October. These sweet shoulder months offer pleasant temperatures and thin tourist crowds. During peak season (November through March), you’ll contend with swells of visitors and high room rates, but you’ll also luxuriate in the sunshine. Between May and September, both temperatures and tourism drops off. Before you pick your travel dates, you should note that the seasons are reversed here: Winter in New Zealand coincides with summer in the U.S., and vice versa.
Sunburn – The sun is much stronger than it is in Europe or North America, so make sure you stick on a hat and sun block if you’re planning to be out in the sun for more than 15-20 minutes.
Consider a city pass. Both Auckland and Wellington offer discount passes that will get you into multiple city attractions for a set price that’s cheaper than the cost of individual admission. The catch is, of course, that you’ll have to visit most or all of the attractions to see any savings. If the pass dovetails with your sightseeing plans, it could be a great deal.
Drink from the tap. Tap water is potable throughout New Zealand, so you don’t need to waste money on bottled water, especially in restaurants. Bring a reusable bottle and refill it from the faucet before you head out each morning. (Do take normal precautions when drinking from streams out in the wild, though
Clothing – Kiwis are known for their laidback and easy-going natures, something that carries through into their clothing – informal and relaxed on most occasions. Smart casual clothes are acceptable at most restaurants, bars and nightclubs.In summer it’s a good idea to include a jacket or sweater in your luggage in case the weather cools, or if you’re visiting higher altitudes. It also rains from time to time so a light rainproof jacket or coat can be handy. If you’re planning on visiting between May and September, warm winter clothes are ideal and you’ll want to layer your clothing.
Car share – Car shares are a popular transportation option for travelers looking to lower costs. All you need to do is chip in for gas. You can find rides on websites like Gumtree, Craigslist, or Jayride. Additionally, you’ll see people asking for rides on hostel bulletin boards.
Clean for your room – Many hostels let you trade a few hours of cleaning and making beds for free accommodation.
Carry a basic first-aid kit for use in emergencies.
If you’re out at night, keep to well lit places where other people are present. Don’t take short cuts through parks or alleyways. Take a taxi or get a ride with someone you know.
Avoid accepting drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended.
Travel with someone you know and trust whenever possible.
Carry a mobile phone and don’t hesitate to dial New Zealand’s emergency phone number if you feel unsafe or threatened – dial 111.
New Zealand Travel Dont’s
Do not smoke. Smoking is banned in pubs and restaurants as well as on public transport or in public buildings.
Do not overstay your welcome.
Do not tip, which is not customary in New Zealand. However, do tip if the services are outstanding.
Do not accept rides from strangers and don’t hitchhike.
Do not make the “V for Victory” sign.
Do not eat food until it has been blessed in Maori.
Do not be late for an appointment, nor to make promises which you can’t keep or make exaggerated claims.
Do not stand in the middle of the road and hold up traffic when taking pictures, watch out for cars.
Do not wrap your gifts in red. Red is the taboo color in New Zealand.
Do not touch the head and hair of others, especially of a chief, which are particularly taboo or sacred; to touch a man’s head is a gross insult.
New Zealand Travel Do’s
Do shake hands for greeting and keep eye contact during greetings. The first name is used after introductions.
Do respect and enjoy the company of fellow members.
Do dress conservatively and formally for business occasions. Dark suits with a conservative tie and white shirt for men. Suits, dresses, or skirts and blouses for women. Wear casual attire for informal occasions.
Do open your gift upon receipt, and give gifts such as flowers, chocolate, liquor, or a book about your home country.
Do bring your own beer (B.Y.O.) if invited to a barbecue. You may also be invited to bring your own meat or a salad.
Do visit a marae, which is a sacred place that serves both social and religious purposes in Maori society. Do follow the lead for the protocol of welcoming and greeting in Maori.
Do keep your hands above the table, but don’t put your elbows on the table. Put your fork and knife parallel on the plate with the handles facing to the right when you are done eating.
Do understand that the word “kiwi” is not an offensive name when referring to New Zealanders. They will call themselves kiwis, too!