Explore New Zealand like a local

Kia ora! 

Welcome to New Zealand, where the sheep outnumber the people, and everything’s pretty sweet as. If you’re keen to explore this beaut of a country like a true Kiwi, you’ve come to the right place. Grab a cuppa, sit back, and let’s dive into some top-notch tips and tricks to navigate the Land of the Long White Cloud.


Surf's Up, Mate!

First things first: if you haven't surfed in New Zealand, have you even been here? Kiwis are crazy about surfing. And let’s not forget cold dips. Kiwis are hardy folks, and they've made cold water dips a part of their personality. Whether it's the freezing waters of the South Island or the brisk waves of the North, taking a dip in the ocean is practically a national pastime.


Hit Up the Local Dairy

Need a feed? Pop into the local dairy (corner store) for a cheeky pie and a L&P (lemon and Paeroa soda). Kiwis reckon there’s nothing better than a mince and cheese pie to keep you going. Don’t forget a hokey pokey ice cream for dessert. 


Tramping, Not Hiking

Here, we don’t hike, we tramp. Grab your tramping boots and hit the trails. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a bit of a mission, but the views are worth it. And don’t be a muppet—check the weather and be prepared. The bush can be gnarly, mate.


Chur to the Best Brews

Kiwis love their coffee. Pop into a local café for a flat white, and you’ll be sorted. Wellington’s known for its coffee culture, so have a wander and find a spot that looks busy. If the locals are there, it’s bound to be good. 


Support the All Blacks

You can’t come to New Zealand and not get into a bit of rugby. Rugby is practically a religion over here! Catch an All Blacks game if you can, or at least watch one at a local pub. The atmosphere is crack-up, and you’ll get a real taste of Kiwi pride. Just remember, it’s rugby, not football.


Get Off the Beaten Track

Everyone goes to Queenstown, but don’t be afraid to explore other spots. Head to Fiordland for some stunning views, or check out the Coromandel for a laid-back vibe. Even the smaller towns like Napier and Wanaka have heaps to offer.


Learn Some Māori

Show some respect and learn a few Māori words. Kia ora (hello), whānau (family), and kai (food) are a good start. You’ll earn some brownie points with the locals, and it’s a good way to immerse yourself in the culture. Ka pai!


Enjoy a Good Yarn

Kiwis love a good yarn (chat), so don’t be a stranger. Whether you’re in line at the fish and chip shop or waiting for your coffee, strike up a convo. You’ll learn heaps about the local spots and maybe even get invited to a BBQ.


Eat Like a Local

New Zealand might be famous for its pavlova and fish 'n' chips, but there's so much more to try. From Maori hangi to gourmet pies, Kiwi cuisine is diverse and delicious. Just make sure to eat your weight in feijoas!


Respect the Land

Kiwis are pretty chill, but they don’t muck around when it comes to the environment. Take your rubbish with you, stick to the paths, and don’t be that guy who tries to pet a kiwi bird. Show some respect, and you’ll fit right in.


Learn to Love the Weather

New Zealand weather can be unpredictable. A day might start sunny and end in a downpour. The key is layers. Always be prepared for four seasons in one day.


Have a laugh, mate

Above all else, enjoy yourself. Kiwis love a good laugh, so don’t be afraid to take the piss out of yourself. Embrace the laid-back attitude, enjoy the stunning scenery, and remember that everything’s gonna be sweet as.


So, there you have it—your ultimate guide to exploring New Zealand like a local, where the sheep are plentiful, the coffee is strong, and the adventure is endless. Come with an open mind, a sense of humour, and maybe a GPS. You'll fit right in. Chur!


Posted by Abbie Taylor on June 11, 2024

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