You’ve heard of New Zealand for its adventure, adrenaline and amazing nature, but the country is a lot more than that. Here are 5 fun and memorable things to know about while visiting the homeland of the hobbits.
A Chocoholic’s Dream
New Zealand’s South Island city of Dunedin celebrates chocolate for an entire week during the Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival (July 11 – 17). The picture below shows organizers letting 2 lots of 25,000 Jaffas go from the top of Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world. Thousands of excited people wait below for the chocolate candies to roll down.
Art Deco Delight
Napier on New Zealand’s North Island is known as the “Art Deco City” and is given that title because of the local Art Deco Trust. The buildings in Napier went through solid reconstruction after an earthquake in 1931 nearly flattened the city. Art Deco was in fashion at that time and had a great influence on the rebuilding. Now Napier is one of the best examples of Art Deco architecture in the world.
Wine Lovers Should Know This About New Zealand
New Zealand is famous for wine tours and tastings, and for people who like their drinks with a little hop there are plenty of microbreweries and brewery tours. For beer fans there is a huge variety to choose from, from Waiheke Island Brewery on Waiheke Island, to North Island’s Galbraith’s Alehouse in Auckland and Sunshine Brewery in Gisborne. The South Island brew potential contains The Twisted Hop in Christchurch, Moa Brewery in Blenheim, and Bays Brewery in Nelson. Get into it!
Safety in New Zealand
There are no predators in New Zealand, which means no cougars, wolves, bears, snakes, poisonous spiders, or any other harmful animal. Walking in the forest is completely safe. There is nothing dangerous waiting for you in the bushes. You may freely enjoy the incredible flora and adorable fauna, fantastic waterfalls, and amazing nature overall.
New Zealand is a Paradise for Coffee Lovers
Coffee fans should know that New Zealand makes exclusive espresso-based drinks. Locals say it has only been over the past 10 years that New Zealand has made great coffee. You can get high class Americano, latte, cappuccino, or flat white coffee even in little coffee shops. The best of them are rewarded at the annual New Zealand Coffee Awards.