22 THINGS NO ONE TOLD YOU ABOUT LIVING IN NEW ZEALAND

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Leaving the comfort of your home can be a scary thing, but moving to an entirely new country can really be scary. Though luckily for us if you move to New Zealand, it can be an epic adventure!

If you are new to New Zealand and you have no idea what a Dairy is, or you’ve just got told off for calling a Root something else do not worry, New Zealand is a quirky yet fun place to live. Once you get the hang of it you will fall in love.

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  1. Groceries are expensive, going to your local grocery store will feel like it cost half your weekly wages…
  2. You are never far from something stunning, almost everywhere you go is a photo opportunity.
  3. Heat pumps? Water tight? Insulation? Double glazing? Don’t be an egg New Zealanders are a tough breed, you’re here now. Harden up and realise that we designed our houses this way.
  4. The coffee is amazing! That’s right, New Zealand has some of the highest per-capita coffee brewers and they do a great job at it!
  5. Why yes I would like a drink… What this is a schooner? $12 for a half pint? Drinking in NZ is fairly expensive, don’t be alarmed if you feel like you have to take out a second mortgage to afford the next round.
  6. Glacier hiking – Possibly one of the scariest and best things you can ever do.
  7. Whale watching – There is an entire city that had to get a bank loan so they could set up this industry, now look at Kaikoura they are world famous!
  8. Don’t like feet? Get over it. Walking around in bare feet is common practice, if you don’t have to wear shoes then why wear shoes?
  9. Skiing – Where do you want to go? There is an island with over 22 ski fields and the population of a small city to compete with.
  10. You will never be alone. You may feel like it, but people from all over the world flock to NZ.
  11. Volcanos! You see that mountain behind you? It’s volcanic and could blow any time, the locals never get tired of telling you that it’s 300 years past due.
  12. Everyone has 10 mutual friends on Facebook. It makes dating on tinder easy. Even if you’re from a different city, you will have someone common to talk about.
  13. Sand duning – What is that you ask? It’s literally getting a boogie board and jumping off a massive sand dune! Possibly the most fun you can have with your pants on.
  14. There is always something awesome to explore, even on your day off there is something to do. See that little hill behind your house? Don’t forget that you would have called it a mountain back home.
  15. Only 5% of NZ’s population is human and the rest are animals.
  16. The All Blacks, Cricket or Netball. You will learn that there is only three sports in New Zealand. Kiwis really like the simplification, much like the fashion.
  17. Just pretend to know the rules of the sport. Some of us grew up here and still have no idea how Cricket works. Why should we either?
  18. You’ll constantly be laughing at their accents. It’s all in the way kiwis say: Deck, fish and Chips, ask for a Pen, or if their name is Ben.
  19. The culture is amazing. Did you know that the local Maori were the only indigenous people who couldn’t be conquered? Instead the British signed a treaty… Then stole their land later.
  20. Hot Springs. New Zealand is so close to volcanic activity, that you can dig a hole on a beach and create your own hot pool, absolutely crazy.
  21. Bungee jumping. Yes it was invented in New Zealand and if you spend more than 6 months here, you will start to realise how crazy these kiwis are, and how it was invented.
  22. Hokey pokey, Pineapple lumps, Jaffas do we need to say any more?

Did we miss something? Tell us in the comments below 🙂

6 COMMENTS

  1. Beautiful scenery everywhere…bright turquoise water everhywhere, you are surrounded by the amazingly beautiful ocean. As it does rain there, its green everywhere, so much open green, lush unspoiled by man land that goes on for as far as your starving eyes can see. Giant ferns grow everywhere, in unexpected areas and are

    The main city of Auckland is on the water, its spread out over a huge area, so despite being very large, its not too crowded in most areas. Its called the city of sails as there are boats & marinas everywhere as the Kiwis love all kinds of boating and water sports.

    If you crave getting away from the crowds of Auckland, just a short distance away is beautiful, lush countryside, spotless clean white sand beaches, rolling hills that go on for miles, all uncrowded, in areas you wont see another soul all day & nite, if that’s what you choose. The lakes, streams and grottos are some of the most beautiful in the world, and mostly, unspoiled.

    The Bay of Islands is the most amazing place in the world to me, its as close to Nirvana as I have ever seen or experienced. Its magical, special, unspoiled, clean, green, with little islands dotting the whole area….little salt water penguins, Take the boat ride on the Dairy delivery boat that goes all around the different islands, a throwback to a bygone era as is much of New Zealand, and for me, that’s one of the things that makes it the most charming & beautiful place I’ve been fortunate enough to have traveled to.

    The food is real-the fruits and veggies taste like they are home grown, great variety and quality, awesome coffee-$1.00 flat whites everywhere!!! Delicious meat pies to go, why yes please say I !!! Why do we not have the meat pie in America, that solid staple of the Anglo world??? So good, so affordable, to take home or eat there, way more tasty than a burger, I could go on and on about the pies!!! The. Best. Ever.

    Cheese. rich creamy real cheese that isn’t dyed orange…hold on to your taste buds if you are a cheese lover, you are in cheese heaven. The ice cream…not fancy, expensive, sold in specialty ice cream stores kind, but the basic ice cream sold in the drive up dairies that are dotted all over NZ. Even the pre packaged, cheaper ice cream is amazing as quality ingredients are used to make the product.

    We end with the sweet spot, the candies & sweeties-again quality ingredients are used all around, every candy was so very yummy that we tried. The inexpensive sweets/candies and chocolate sold at the dairies and markets are all so good. Aeros, Cadburys, The Flake!!! so many to choose from!

    New Zealand is like their wonderful ice cream and sweeties, pure, real & so very delicious that long after the morsel is gone, the thought of those delights lingers. New Zealand, Land of the Long White Cloud and forever in my heart and soul.

  2. Beautiful scenery everywhere…bright turquoise water everhywhere, you are surrounded by the amazingly beautiful ocean. As it does rain there, its green everywhere, so much open green, lush unspoiled by man land that goes on for as far as your starving eyes can see. Giant ferns grow everywhere, in unexpected areas and are

    The main city of Auckland is on the water, its spread out over a huge area, so despite being very large, its not too crowded in most areas. Its called the city of sails as there are boats & marinas everywhere as the Kiwis love all kinds of boating and water sports.

    If you crave getting away from the crowds of Auckland, just a short distance away is beautiful, lush countryside, spotless clean white sand beaches, rolling hills that go on for miles, all uncrowded, in areas you wont see another soul all day & nite, if that’s what you choose. The lakes, streams and grottos are some of the most beautiful in the world, and mostly, unspoiled.

    The Bay of Islands is the most amazing place in the world to me, its as close to Nirvana as I have ever seen or experienced. Its magical, special, unspoiled, clean, green, with little islands dotting the whole area….little salt water penguins, Take the boat ride on the Dairy delivery boat that goes all around the different islands, a throwback to a bygone era as is much of New Zealand, and for me, that’s one of the things that makes it the most charming & beautiful place I’ve been fortunate enough to have traveled to.

    The food is real-the fruits and veggies taste like they are home grown, great variety and quality, awesome coffee-$1.00 flat whites everywhere!!! Delicious meat pies to go, why yes please say I !!! Why do we not have the meat pie in America, that solid staple of the Anglo world??? So good, so affordable, to take home or eat there, way more tasty than a burger, I could go on and on about the pies!!! The. Best. Ever.

    Cheese. rich creamy real cheese that isn’t dyed orange…hold on to your taste buds if you are a cheese lover, you are in cheese heaven. The ice cream…not fancy, expensive, sold in specialty ice cream stores kind, but the basic ice cream sold in the drive up dairies that are dotted all over NZ. Even the pre packaged, cheaper ice cream is amazing as quality ingredients are used to make the product.

    We end with the sweet spot, the candies & sweeties-again quality ingredients are used all around, every candy was so very yummy that we tried. The inexpensive sweets/candies and chocolate sold at the dairies and markets are all so good. Aeros, Cadburys, The Flake!!! so many to choose from!

    New Zealand is like their wonderful ice cream and sweeties, pure, real & so very delicious that long after the morsel is gone, the thought of those delights lingers. New Zealand, Land of the Long White Cloud and forever in my heart and soul.

  3. Beautiful scenery everywhere…bright turquoise water everhywhere, you are surrounded by the amazingly beautiful ocean. As it does rain there, its green everywhere, so much open green, lush unspoiled by man land that goes on for as far as your starving eyes can see. Giant ferns grow everywhere, in unexpected areas and are

    The main city of Auckland is on the water, its spread out over a huge area, so despite being very large, its not too crowded in most areas. Its called the city of sails as there are boats & marinas everywhere as the Kiwis love all kinds of boating and water sports.

    If you crave getting away from the crowds of Auckland, just a short distance away is beautiful, lush countryside, spotless clean white sand beaches, rolling hills that go on for miles, all uncrowded, in areas you wont see another soul all day & nite, if that’s what you choose. The lakes, streams and grottos are some of the most beautiful in the world, and mostly, unspoiled.

    The Bay of Islands is the most amazing place in the world to me, its as close to Nirvana as I have ever seen or experienced. Its magical, special, unspoiled, clean, green, with little islands dotting the whole area….little salt water penguins, Take the boat ride on the Dairy delivery boat that goes all around the different islands, a throwback to a bygone era as is much of New Zealand, and for me, that’s one of the things that makes it the most charming & beautiful place I’ve been fortunate enough to have traveled to.

    The food is real-the fruits and veggies taste like they are home grown, great variety and quality, awesome coffee-$1.00 flat whites everywhere!!! Delicious meat pies to go, why yes please say I !!! Why do we not have the meat pie in America, that solid staple of the Anglo world??? So good, so affordable, to take home or eat there, way more tasty than a burger, I could go on and on about the pies!!! The. Best. Ever.

    Cheese. rich creamy real cheese that isn’t dyed orange…hold on to your taste buds if you are a cheese lover, you are in cheese heaven. The ice cream…not fancy, expensive, sold in specialty ice cream stores kind, but the basic ice cream sold in the drive up dairies that are dotted all over NZ. Even the pre packaged, cheaper ice cream is amazing as quality ingredients are used to make the product.

    We end with the sweet spot, the candies & sweeties-again quality ingredients are used all around, every candy was so very yummy that we tried. The inexpensive sweets/candies and chocolate sold at the dairies and markets are all so good. Aeros, Cadburys, The Flake!!! so many to choose from!

    New Zealand is like their wonderful ice cream and sweeties, pure, real & so very delicious that long after the morsel is gone, the thought of those delights lingers. New Zealand, Land of the Long White Cloud and forever in my heart and soul.

  4. I live in the states. My first experience with New Zealand was in the year 2000. I now go every two years because it is expensive to go. BUT, it’s worth it! From the North Island to the South Island. Every time I go there is something new and exciting to see and learn. I wish I could go more often because of my grandchildren.

  5. I live in the states. My first experience with New Zealand was in the year 2000. I now go every two years because it is expensive to go. BUT, it’s worth it! From the North Island to the South Island. Every time I go there is something new and exciting to see and learn. I wish I could go more often because of my grandchildren.

  6. I live in the states. My first experience with New Zealand was in the year 2000. I now go every two years because it is expensive to go. BUT, it’s worth it! From the North Island to the South Island. Every time I go there is something new and exciting to see and learn. I wish I could go more often because of my grandchildren.

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