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Kiwi Language for Beginners

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Whenever you are in New Zealand, you need to communicate, so here are some Kiwi terms for the beginners.

  • Eh/Aye – compulsory addition to the end of a rhetorical question… “Last night was bloody good, eh”
  • “ie” – often found at the end of shortened words, e.g. pressie (present), hottie (hot person), tantie (tantrum)
  • “As” – also added to the end of words: “cold as”, “fun as”, “drunk as” -used to place emphasis on the word preceding ‘as’.
  • Sweet as – great, as in “sweet as pie”… “That bungy was sweet as!”
  • Heaps – used instead of “lots”… “We saw heaps of dolphins in Kaikoura.”
  • “Gap it” – to leave the situation
  • Hard case – someone who has a big personality, may do unusual things but basically is a real laugh… “Our bus driver’s hard case!”
  • No wakas! – no problem!
  • Dairy – a corner shop or news agent that sells milk, newspapers, etc.
  • Bro – friend or brother
  • Cuz – friend or cousin
  • Chur bro – “cheers, thanks” or “that’s cool, my friend”
  • Good on ya mate -well done
  • She’ll be right mate – it’ll be OK
  • Not even – “no, it’s not” or “that’s not true”
  • Ta – thanks
  • True? – surprised question, like “is that true?”
  • Togs – swimwear
  • Jandals – flip-flops
  • Sunnies – sunglasses
  • Suss – to figure out
  • Wop-wops – out in the back country (middle of nowhere)
  • Piker – someone who backs out of doing something
  • Tiki Tour – to drive around casually taking the scenic route
  • Gawk – to gaze
  • Pack a sad – to get upset and sulk
  • Back in the day – an undetermined amount of time in the past
  • Nek Minute – “next” minute – used to create suspense when telling an amazing story.

New Zealand ranked 2nd safest country in the world in 2019

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In a recent study, New Zealand has come up in the top for the 2019 Global Peace Index. The study is in its 13th year and has uncovered that the world’s peacefulness has risen slightly.

The annual report by the non-profit Institute for Economics and Peace is independent, non-partisan. The goal of the report is to shift the world’s focus to peace as a positive, achievable and tangible measure of human wellbeing and progress.

The report ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness. The Global Peace Index is the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness.

The world’s least peaceful countries

Among the least peaceful countries is Afghanistan, which is now the least peaceful country in the world, which replaced Syria, which is now the second least peaceful. South Sudan, Yemen, and Iraq comprise the remaining five least peaceful countries.

The world’s 10 most peaceful countries in 2019

Let’s focus on the world’s ten most peaceful countries for 2019 below

#10 Czech Republic

Score 1.375

#9 Japan

Score 1.369

#8 Slovenia

Score 1.355

#7 Singapore

Score 1.347

#6 Canada

Score 1.327

#5 Denmark

Score 1.316

#4 Austria

Score 1.291

#3 Portugal

Score 1.274

#2 New Zealand

Score 1.221

#1 Iceland

Score 1.072

See the full report

NZ Slang Survey: What is New Zealands Top Slang Word?

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iLoveNZ embarked on this journey to find New Zealand’s ultimate slang word. This is the second slang survey we have run and this time around we didn’t expect to receive as much coverage as we did.

Thanks to the coverage from certain news sources, the 2019 New Zealand Slang Survey has been a massive hit. This year over 18,512‬ votes were received. We want to thank NZ’s media, for publishing our quirky little survey and giving us the boost we needed. 

iloveNZ is a community of almost 500,000 members who share one thing in common: We all love New Zealand! 

This survey not meant to be as serious as it became; however, this is a defining moment where we now know which kiwi slang word is supreme!

Survey demographics

The 2019 Survey received feedback from New Zealanders far and wide. With a fair distribution, we believe this survey to be a fair representation of what kiwis think. 

Gender

  • Male
  • Female

Age

  • 18-24
  • 25-34
  • 35-44
  • 45-54
  • 55-64
  • 65+

Based in New Zealand

The results

Based on average from 1-10.

#10 Ta: Thanks.
Score: 7.46/10

#9 Gutted: Disappointed.
Score: 7.62/10

#8 Tiki Tour: Taking the scenic route to a destination.
Score: 7.67/10

#7 Dairy: A local corner shop or superette.
Score: 7.68/10

#6 Yeah, Right: Sarcastic disagreement or disbelief at what someone said.
Score: 7.75/10

#5 Yeah, Nah: When you kind of get what the other person said and don’t entirely agree, or don’t care.
Score: 7.92/10

#4 Chilly Bin: A cooler, portable ice chest, icebox, cool box.
Score: 7.93/10

#3 Togs: Swimming costume, swimmers or swimsuit.
Score: 7.99/10

#2 Knackered: Extremely tired, or object that is worn out, damaged by overuse.
Score: 8.02/10

#1 Sweet as: Very satisfactory, excellent.
Score: 8.34/10

 

We hope you enjoyed the 2019 survey results. What do you think? Add your comment below.

 

What continent is New Zealand Part of, is it part of Australia?

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New Zealand is part of a continental mass called Zealandia. It’s considered a ‘micro-continent’ which broke off from the Australian plate and is now submerged underwater.

There is confusion where New Zealand fits because it’s also grouped as part of Oceania, which is a geographical region rather than a continent.

Oceania includes New Zealand, comprises Australia, New Guinea and the many Pacific islands. Oceania isn’t a single tectonic plate, and it’s comprised of many which would make it easy to consider Oceania a continent.

New Zealand is on the border of the Pacific, and Indo-Austral tectonic plates, meaning that is not part of Australia or Asia.

Meet the native people of New Zealand

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The Native people of New Zealand are the Māori People. They are referred to as the tangata whenua. Māori were settlers originally from eastern Polynesia, who arrived in New Zealand on a boat between 1320 and 1350.

The Māori settlers developed their own rich culture whose language, mythology, crafts and performing arts evolved independently of other Polynesian cultures.

New Zealand has a rich cultural heritage and is an integral part of life in this Island Nation and adds a unique, dynamic experience for visitors.
Today Māori make up 14% of our population and their history, language and traditions are central to New Zealand’s identity.

The Māori culture can be experienced by visiting many maraes throughout New Zealand. If you are visiting NZ, you should consider an organised cultural tour, watch a carving or weaving demonstration and learn about the myths and legends from passionate Māori guides.

Russian News confuses New Zealand with Japan

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Russia’s state-run television network Russia Today got New Zealand and Japan confused on a map.

The news channel labelled New Zealand as Japan in an embarrassing segment on missile bases in the South Hemisphere. 

Presenter Ashlee Banks said “The US is looking to place missiles in Japan, South Korea and Australia,” as the map behind her showed almost a different area of the world.

A spokesperson for the channel said, “Our American early morning news team suffered a little geography mishap.”

New Zealanders will know that this isn’t the first time the country has been overlooked on the map. Check out this hilarious channel on Reddit which showcases the often inconvenient truth. 

Epic pics of New Zealand taken by Gandalf

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Exploring New Zealand is a dream-come-true for many who visit our shores. NZ is one part geographic wonder and two parts fantasy isle. So what better way to see it, than dressed as Gandalf himself?

Indian photographer Akhil Suhas traveled around New Zealand for 6 months carrying a Gandalf costume.

After convincing random strangers to pose in it next to NZ’s striking Middle-Earth landscapes, the resulting pictures are EPIC.

km Journey in New Zealand With Gandalf The Grey
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Akhil Suhas New Zealand
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Akhil Suhas New Zealand Gandalf Costume
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An honest version of New Zealand

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We’ve all heard it before: “New Zealand is the perfect country,” “Nothing ever goes wrong in NZ,” “Do you guys have TV?” or  “I can’t wait to see middle earth”… It’s enough to make a real kiwi shudder. We created this post from a true kiwi’s view of New Zealand.

What did he miss? Let us know in the comments below.

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Celebrating Wayne “Buck” Shelford

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Wayne “Buck” Shelford captained the All Blacks in the late 1980s and was part of the squad which took the 1987 World Cup.

 

During a test match against the French, Wayne was just running around doing his thing. About 20 minutes in the game, he ended up on the bottom of a pile of anarchy with a bunch of giant rugby players kicking and clawing for the ball.

In all the fighting for the ball, Wayne was hit in the face that knocked out four of his teeth, and that was not the worst of it!

It wasn’t long after getting sucker punched in the face, a French cleat found its way through the pile and struck him his on his testicles, ripping him open with one of his nuts hanging out.

While there is a lot more to this man than having his sack ripped open, it is one of our favorite moments in Kiwi sport. Watch below as he describes this moment in detail.

Maori Language for Beginners

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New Zealand is a bilingual country. English and Te Reo are our national languages. Te Reo is not as widely spoken as English, but you’ll often hear some of these words and expressions in Kiwi conversation.

What words have we missed? Let us know in the comments below… 

Maori for beginners 

  • Kia Ora – hello, goodbye, thank you.
  • Haere Mai – welcome
  • Haere Ra – goodbye
  • Whanau – family
  • Whare – house
  • Ai – Yes
  • Kau – No
  • Kai – Food
  • Kai moana – Seafood
  • Kia ora tatou — Hello everyone
  • Tena koe — Greetings to you (said to one person)
  • Tena koutou — Greeting to you all
  • Kei te pehea koe? — How’s it going?
  • Kei te pai — Good
  • Tino pai — Really good
  • Ka kite ano — Until I see you again (Bye)
  • Hei konei ra — See you later
  • Mana – respect, status earned through actions
  • Ka Pai! – Good Work!

Maori is a beautiful language and two most important words you should know

How to say Goodbye in Maori

Haere Ra is the Maori term for goodbye and sounds like High-reh-rah.

How to say Hello in Maori

Kia Ora is Maori for hello and is pronounced Key or rah or Key or a

Vote: New Zealand’s Favourite Slang Word

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It’s that time of the year again: vote for New Zealand’s favourite slang word.

Let’s find out which slang word is the most popular once again. Last time we had over 3,100 results, let’s see if we can do better this time!

To get started please click the link below.

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Your Te Reo?

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Take this general knowledge quiz below to see how sharp your Te Reo is.

Like quizzes like these? Check this out

Niu Tireni is the Māori word for New Zealand

What is the Māori word for Goodbye?

What is the Māori word for Tattoo?

What is "Rima" plus "Toru"?

Kirihimete is what holiday?

The 'GC' (Gold coast) is in Ahitereiria?

If today is Rāpare what will tomorrow be

If you were drinking Waipiro, You would be drinking?

Pāti is the Māori word for party?

What is the Māori word for feet/foot?

I "Aroha" you means?

Tangaroa is the god of the sea

Kōwhai is what colour?

Like quizzes like these? Check this out

12 things you’ll only understand if you’ve lived in New Zealand

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I’ve lived in New Zealand for almost 2 years and here are the most important things I’ve learned.

1. People go barefoot everywhere

There’s someone standing next to you in the supermarket queue barefoot? Normal.  You’re paying your electricity bill and nobody else is wearing shoes? Completely normal.  Ordering dinner at a cafe and your fellow dinners toes are on display? Nothin’ to it.  When summer hits NZ, shoes become an afterthought.  Locals go barefoot anywhere they like, from supermarkets to restaurants.

barefoot
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2. Groceries are expensive

Food is very expensive in New Zealand, which might be the reason nobody can afford to buy shoes. Okay so that was a joke, but paying 40$ for 1kg of limes is waaay beyond my understanding. And it’s not only lime that’s pricey: one pepper costs 3$, cheddar cheese is 10$ a block, etc.  I think we can all agree that in New Zealand it’s harder to eat everything you used to, unless you’re a millionaire.

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3. The coffee is the best in the world

New Zealanders invented the Flat White coffee (a type of espresso) which has an amazing taste and texture, and if you are a coffee lover, you will never want to leave the country. Try one and let the Kiwis’ perfected art of coffee making change your coffee-drinking life.

Coffee
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4. You have to go up to the counter and pay 

A strange thing about New Zealand’s sit-down restaurants? At the end of the meal you will sit and wait, and wait, for the waiter to bring your bill.  Heads up: It will Never. Ever. Happen.  Eventually you’ll learn that it’s up to you to go and pay at the register.

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5. There’s no such thing as tipping

New Zealand doesn’t have a tipping culture, so there’s no need to leave a 10% service charge or pay your taxi driver that little bit more money over and above the fare. Leaving money is often thought a mistake; if you leave a tip on a table and walk out of a cafe, the waiter might chase after you to return your money! Of course, tipping is hardly frowned upon. Service staff will be grateful, just let them know that it’s definitely theirs.

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6. The wildlife is very different

When you see your first penguin or dolphin, you’ll know immediately that you’re not in Kansas anymore.

wildlife
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7. There are earthquakes all the time

NZ has up to 15,000 earthquakes a year, but fortunately most of them are so far underground that they can’t be felt.

In NZ, new buildings are now even designed to endure the impact of earthquakes. So don’t panic, for them this is normal.

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8. No one uses cash

Travelers will soon see that in NZ no one uses cash. Everything is paid for by card, which can be inconvenient if you don’t have a local bank account.

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9. Kiwis are very friendly

You will be hard pressed to find a rude person in NZ as Kiwis are very friendly to everyone. Visit any cafe or hotel, and you will notice the great kiwi hospitality, on top of excellence customer service.

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10. New Zealanders use weird names for everyday items

Though English is New Zealand’s “official” language, they’ve kind of made up their own.

For example, an esky or cooler box is known as a “chilli bin” (have fun saying that with a kiwi accent!), a corner shop or milk bar is known as a “dairy”, flip flops are “jandals”, and sweets are “lollies”. Learn this new vocabulary and you will get by just fine.

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11. New Zealand is home to the most beautiful town in the world.

Queenstown, on NZ’s South Island, is a stunningly beautiful haven for adventurers. Once you see it, your mind will be blown.

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12. Watties is not Heinz

Different people say it in a different way. And actually it is.

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11 Ways To Slash The Cost Of Your NZ Vacation

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Let’s face it, vacations aren’t cheap and accessing the best deals, especially if you’re not a local can be difficult. New Zealand is one of those places you absolutely have to visit. It’s as if someone has taken the best parts of Canada and squished them into one tiny island nation, so let’s get the most from your adventure.

New Zealand is not a cheap nation to visit, the country actually has one of the most prosperous economies per capita in the world. So it’s our goal to make sure you can get the most from your New Zealand vacation, no matter what your budget is.

 

AA

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The experts’ guide to travelling in New Zealand. The AA is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most reputable brands for travel. AA provides the “show your card and save program” which is one of the largest loyalty programs in the world, with over 115,000,000 Members in 70 countries.

 

i-Site

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New Zealand’s most trusted travel organisation. Many visitors wait until they arrive in New Zealand to book parts of their holiday, including local transport, accommodation and activities. i-Site is trusted by tourists to New Zealand to provide good quality, useful and relevant information that is vital to ensuring a safe, stress-free and rewarding vacation.

 

Bookme

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Possibly one of the greatest finds for discount travel on your New Zealand vacation. Here you can find deals and book activities, attractions, restaurants and awesome things to do around New Zealand, including Queenstown, Wellington and Auckland.

 

YHA

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Join with the YHA, their membership gives you access to a lot of perks on your New Zealand vacation. Check out their favourite discounts including skydiving, dolphin encounters, glacier hikes, hot pools, horse treks, jet boating and more.

 

BBH

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For the ultra-price conscious New Zealand traveller. The BBH provides affordable, friendly accommodation almost everywhere in New Zealand. They guarantee prices will help you plan your visit on a limited budget.

 

Top 10

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One of the longest standing travel organisations in New Zealand. With Top 10 you will save 10% off accommodation at all TOP 10 Holiday Parks, 15% off Interislander ferry travel, and more than 500 regional benefits within New Zealand.

 

TreatMe

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Travel, holiday and vacation deals – travel is one of the things that you buy that makes you richer, check out the amazing deals from TreatMe for your next New Zealand Adventure.

 

Luxury Escapes

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Great deals at amazing prices, this site focuses on the upper end of the market for travel and adventure around New Zealand.

 

GrabOne

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Whether you plan to travel overseas or love taking NZ holidays, GrabOne has plenty of hotels and all types of accommodation to suit everyone with the travel bug.

 

Groupon

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Groupon is an easy way to get huge discounts while discovering fun activities in New Zealand. Their daily local deals consist of restaurants, beauty, travel, ticket vouchers, shopping vouchers, hotels, and a whole lot more.

 

Backpacker Deals

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With over 300 carefully-selected tours and activities in all the major cities across New Zealand they are your best bet to find a deal for the price conscious traveller.

 

Top 97 Examples of New Zealand’s Slang

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Every country has its slang, and New Zealand is no exception. It’s so bad that it could be considered some of the most confusing.

If you can get over the Kiwi accent and what we mean when we ask for a pen, six or call someone Ben. You will notice that New Zealand has its own set of unique slang. You’ll find a lot of strange words from Chur, Stoked or even Chook. It’s hard being the new kid on the block so we have created this list of the top Slang Word’s you will find in New Zealand.

Once you have become familiar with this list, you will be speaking authentic NZ slang in no time! 

This post started as a simple list of 33 words, and now we have 97! Please understand that some racial terms have been added. We considered not including these. However, it is in your best interest to know these words to avoid offending anyone.

Have we missed any? Please send us your top slang words in the comments below.

  1. Ay?: Just like saying “aye”, but with a rise at the end. Kiwis are a very unsure bunch, and this means… Are you sure that’s okay?
  2. Bach: (pronounced batch) is a holiday home, generally near a lake, beach or river.
  3. Beached as: Been to the beach for a long time and suffering from sunburn.
  4. Beaut: Awesome, or that something is fantastic!
  5. Bench: In the UK it’s a worktop.
  6. Billy: A kettle, came from the old camping billy.
  7. Boot as in boot of car: In the states, it’s known as a trunk.
  8. Bottle shop: In the UK it’s off licence or office.
  9. Box of fluffy ducks or a box of fluffies: Used when something is working well or going your way.
  10. Chilly bin: Pronounced “Chilly bun” or to the rest of the world this is an esky or cooler.
  11. Chocka: Something that is full.
  12. Choice: Something that’s awesome or great.
  13. Chur: Thanks, bro!
  14. Crib: Also commonly used around the world, but in NZ, this is another word for Bach, aka holiday home.
  15. Curry Muncher: Bit of a racist term used for people who like Currie… or from India.
  16. Cuzzie: Another way of saying cousin, but can be used for your friends… No one knows what this means any more.
  17. Dairy: Your local corner store, much like a newsagent or milk bar.
  18. Doggie bag: When you ordered too much, and you’re too cheap to let good food go to waste, this is when you ask for a doggie bag to take the leftovers home.
  19. Durrie: A ciggie, or cigarette.
  20. Eftpos: Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale. It’s that machine you swipe your ATM card on when you buy something.
  21. Far out or Far bro: Used in conversation as “oh really” or “wow man”.
  22. Felts: Textures Markers.
  23. Fizzy: Meaning soft drink or soda.
  24. Flannel: A cloth used to wash your face.
  25. Garage: A Service station, a place where you take your car and pay for someone else’s kids to go through university.
  26. Giz: Give me, or please pass me something.
  27. Gone owl: Means what are you doing?
  28. Grouse: Awesome, beautiful, the best or amazing.
  29. Gruts: Underwear.
  30. Gumboots: Same as your wellingtons or rubber boots used on a farm.
  31. Guz-a-look: Hey bro, Guz a look? When we want to see something.
  32. Half Pai: A job is done poorly.
  33. Hard case: Someone with a great sense of humour, funny person.
  34. Hash browns: Grated potato patties, not made from drugs!
  35. Heaps: A lot of something, or too much of something.
  36. Hori: Pronounced Whorey, something that is farked, old or gross.
  37. HungusWhen you’re hungry as for a feed.
  38. Jafa: Just Another Fuc***g Aucklander. You will find that the rest of the country is jealous of our biggest city… No one knows why.
  39. Jandals: Flip flops or thongs, definitely not roman sandals.
  40. Jersey: Common around the world, usually a warm jumper.
  41. Joker: Same as a bloke, a kiwi male.
  42. Judder bar: A speed hump which is used for slowing down fast cars.
  43. Kai: Maori word for food.
  44. Kiwi: Our National Bird.
  45. Kiwi Fruit: A fruit that you eat.
  46. Knackered: exhausted, usually from some form of physical activity until you can’t move and have to resort to Maccas and TV for the afternoon.
  47. Lolly: AKA Candy or sweets.
  48. Maccas: Commonly used in Australia as well, another name for Mc Donalds.
  49. Maori Job: Considered racial, same as Half Pai.
  50. Mean: That’s awesome!
  51. Mozzie: Another word for Maori’s in Ozzie, but it’s a type of sand fly.
  52. Munger: Food.
  53. Munted: Buggered or something that’s broken.
  54. Muppet: Originally used in the UK but commonly used in NZ as well. Used when someone does or says something idiotic. Can also describe a person who is stupid or hopeless in general.
  55. Nah, yeah: Yea mate.
  56. Puka ru ow: Not working bro.
  57. Puku: Maori word for stomach or tummy.
  58. Rangi: That’s farked.
  59. Ripper: Terrific or fantastic.
  60. Root: Sex, one of New Zealand’s favourite past times. Did you know? Kiwi women are the most promiscuous in the world. New Zealand women have an average of 20.4 sexual partners; the global average is only 7.3… Us Kiwis have more than the global average every year 😛
  61. Rust Bucket: APiece of S**t car, AKA a Ford Escort.
  62. Scodey: Something that’s rotten or gross.
  63. Scroggin: Pretty much the same as Trail Mix, except you must not forget the Pineapple Lumps.
  64. Scull: When alcohol is around, it means drink your entire vessel of beer/wine as fast as you can.
  65. Shame: Used when someone is witnessed doing or saying something embarrassing, or when a story about something uncomfortable happening to someone is heard.
  66. Shark and tattie: Fish and chips.
  67. She’ll be right: It’s ok or not a problem.
  68. Shot: Thanks, bro.
  69. Skux: Ladies Man, or someone who is well dressed.
  70. Slash: needing to go for a pee.
  71. Smoko: A break, morning or afternoon tea.
  72. Solid: That’s awesome!
  73. Sook: A grown man who needs to harden up, as in “don’t be such a sook”.
  74. Spots: or known as hot knives or bottle tokes. This is where two red hot blades are heated in an oven top to incinerate a small ball of a weed to inhale through a bottle with the arse end removed.
  75. Squizz or look-see: Checking something out visibly as in “give us a squizz”.
  76. Stoked: Happy, pleased that something went well.
  77. Sucked the kumara: Something that’s extremely broken.
  78. Sunnies: Sunglasses.
  79. Swannie: Often worn by South Islanders, AKA the basis for the fashion of NZ. It’s just a checkered jersey with no style.
  80. Sweet as: That’s awesome, or cool.
  81. Ta: Sweet as, or thank you I appreciate what you have done.
  82. Takeaways: Fast foods i.e., fish n chips.
  83. Takka: Food.
  84. Tiki tour: Getting to your destination, the hard way or via the long route.
  85. Togs: For use, when you go swimming, call them your swimming gear or trunks. Just don’t go too far away from the beach.
  86. Tramping: Going on a hoke or day walk in the bush.
  87. Trolley: Commonly known as a shopping cart to the rest of the world.
  88. Twink: Correction fluid, white-out or liquid paper.
  89. Undies: See Gruts:
  90. Up the boohai, or boowai: Something lost or gone awry.
  91. Varsity: University or an overpriced school that teaches information that is outdated by the time you leave.
  92. Wee: Could be considered small or insignificant.
  93. Westie: A person who lives in West Auckland… Often seen to be wearing singlets and sporting a mullet.
  94. What owl: Means what did you say?
  95. Wop wops: Somewhere that is literally in the middle of nowhere, just like Palmerston North or Gore.
  96. Yeah Right: In conversation with someone and doubting what they are saying.
  97. Yeah, Nah: Could be yes, could be no. If spoken, be very wary of this one, nobody knows the answer to this one.

Did we miss any? Let us know below or try our Kiwi Slang Quiz.

Israel Folau: Religious Freedom or … ?

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Love him or hate him. What do you think? Should a member of a national sporting team arguably vilify other people and expect no consequences?

Here at IloveNZ, we have a mixed bag, on one hand, he should be allowed to express himself, but at what cost? Is Folau spreading hate speech?

In simple terms, Folau is an employee of RA. The people that follow him on social media are fans – making them clients (yes clients) of his employer. This makes the whole thing much simpler – try telling the clients of your employer that they’re destined to hell and see where it gets you.

Israel Folau
One of Folau’s Social Media Posts

What do you think? Tell us in the comments below …

11 Essential Tips For Your New Zealand Vacation

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New Zealand is tiny but terrific; a total land area of 104, 000 square miles (268,000Km) when compared to approx. 3.8 million square miles for America, or China, or mainland Europe. Don’t be deceived by the numbers. Those 104, 000 square miles are overflowing with scenic beauty, unmissable destinations and unique experiences.

The contrast between New Zealand and the rest of the world is not just confined to land area. They do things differently in New Zealand, and some of those things should be into your vacation planning.

How long should you stay – and how long will your visa LET you stay?

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Visitors from any nation listed as a “visa waiver country” can stay in New Zealand for upto three months without having to apply for a visa. Visa waiver status applies to many countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan.

The full list of NZ Visas can be found here

Visitors without “visa waiver country” status can apply for a visa through New Zealand Immigration.

A guide to applying can be found here

As to how long you should stay: how long have you got?

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New Zealand has two main islands: the North and South islands.  A two-week vacation will let you see a fair portion of both but you’d have to travel every day. If you can, stay three to four weeks at least. New Zealand is only 1,000 miles long but with so much to see, it might take longer than you think to experience all that this big little country has to offer.

Where should you go on your New Zealand Vacation?

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While we’ve said we won’t tell you all the places to go on your NZ vacation, we can give you some names to research. In a 2018 survey by a New Zealand car hire company, these were voted the Top 20 destinations for an NZ Vacation. Google the names, and let the images speak for themselves.

Tekapo
Picturesque by day and dazzling by night, Lake Tekapo is part of a Dark Sky Reserve, making it the perfect spot for stargazing.

Milford Sound
New Zealand’s most stunning natural attraction. With its magical combination of mountain peaks, ink-dark waters and superb dramatic forest-clad cliffs, it must be seen to be believed.

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel
In New Zealand’s North, you will see stunning views of the coast guide you to the dramatic cliffs and iconic rock archway of Cathedral Cove. This is one of best short walks in New Zealand.

Mount Maunganui
A holiday paradise – surf, swim, play golf, shop, dine or simply relax or even soak up the atmosphere. There’s no pressure in Mount Maunganui, just take your time to enjoy the pace of life you want.

Abel Tasman National Park
Renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and its world-famous coast track. The Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand’s smallest national park – but it’s perfectly formed for relaxation and adventure.

Wanaka
An ideal spot to go fishing, hiking, skiing, wine-tasting or golfing. The city also hosts Warbirds Over Wanaka, the largest three-day air show in the Southern Hemisphere.

Tongariro National Park
New Zealand’s oldest national park and a dual World Heritage area. This status recognises the park’s important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features.

Paihia
Where New Zealand began – Swim with the dolphins. Go kayaking, swimming, fishing, or picnic along secluded beaches. Walk or drive to the spectacular Haruru Falls. Learn about early New Zealand history where the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed.

Queenstown
Each of the seasons has its own special vibe in Queenstown, and the great thing is that most activities can be accessed all year round. Home to a huge choice of adrenaline activities including jet boating, bungy jumping, white water rafting, skydiving and even indoor thrills.

Hamilton
Nestled on the banks of the mighty Waikato River and is known for its walks, gardens, cafes and nightlife.

Akaroa
A historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Explore the village with its colonial architecture, galleries, craft stores, and cafés. Relax or take part in the many activities that are on offer

Napier
Street after street of stunning and beautifully-restored Art Deco buildings have made Napier famous as one of the most complete collections of Art Deco buildings in the world.

Dunedin
Located in the South Island this city is full of authentic welcoming characters that tell it like it is. With abundant wildlife on its doorstep and heritage buildings housing the great cafes and nightlife why wouldn’t you visit?

Christchurch
A resilient city that continues to show that creativity will get you through the hard times. Since the devastating 2011 earthquake, ongoing reconstruction efforts have solidified the city’s place as one of New Zealand’s best travel destinations.

Auckland
A city with a lot of character. As New Zealand’s largest and most diverse city, it is definitely a place to visit if you’re looking to experience an array of different attractions. 

Raglan
Whether you’re looking for world-class surf, stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, inspiring arts or simply a good old cup of coffee, Raglan has something for everyone.

Waiheke Island
A haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and beaches, all just a 40-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland.

Martinborough
Famous for its 20-odd vineyards and most within walking or cycling distance of the village square. Martinborough is full of colonial charm and crisscrossed with walking and cycle tracks to explore.

New Plymouth
Dominated by Mount Taranaki, an almost perfect volcanic cone from which the region takes its name, Taranaki is noted for dairying, and its petro-chemical and engineering industries.

Wellington
New Zealands Capital – while it is a small city, it is an incredibly cool little capital, and exudes a large amount of character and charm. From the world’s best coffee, to scenic views which will blow your mind, a unique and cozy bar scene, and accessibility to both the North and South Islands, Wellington is one of those city’s you really shouldn’t miss.

Limited for time on your vacation?

If you have limited time, and can only visit one part of the country, remember this: the South Island has the amazing alpine scenery you saw in the Lord of the Rings movies; Queenstown is the perfect example. The South Island is also perfect for high-adrenaline activities like skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, or rafting.

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The North Island is a cultural hot-spot with excellent museums and galleries in Auckland and Wellington, plus centers of great historical significance, usually connected to the country’s Maori culture and European settlement e.g. Rotorua and the Bay of Islands.

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When to go to New Zealand

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The summer season, December to February, sees New Zealand at its busiest. Most international visitors arrive at this time, while many locals also take an extended summer vacation. As a result, accommodation prices increase to reflect demand. The cooler fall/winter months, from May to September, see smaller crowds and lower prices on accommodation and airfares.

New Zealand’s weather doesn’t always stick to the script. It can snow in summer, especially in the South Island– and be extremely warm in winter. Average variations between winter and summer temperatures in Auckland are just 16 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s best, therefore, to take a year-round wardrobe to New Zealand including at least one thick coat, even in summer.

  • Spring average daytime temperatures
    • September, October, November: 61-66F (16-18C)
  • Summer average daytime temperatures
    • December, January, February: 68-77F (20-25C)
  • Fall (fall is called autumn in NZ) average daytime temperatures
    • March, April, May: 62–70F (16-21C)
  • Winter average daytime temperatures
    • June, July, August: 53-61F (11-16C)
  • Sunshine hours – most of New Zealand has over 2000 sunshine hours every year.
    • Sunniest areas are Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay (both on the East Coast of the North Island), and Nelson and Marlborough (both at the top of the South Island)
  • Average rainfall – approx. 43 inches per year.
    • Highest rainfall is on the west coast of the South Island with 63 inches.

For weather forecasts during your stay

Money matters

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Tipping isn’t compulsory in New Zealand. By all means, leave a tip for exceptional service, but service staff won’t chase you down the street if you don’t.

The news gets even better when you consider the exchange rate for many visitors who arrive in New Zealand with plenty of buying power. At the time of writing:

  • One American dollar would buy NZD $1.50
  • One Euro would buy NZD $ 1.72
  • One British pound would buy NZD $ 1.93

How you use that buying power depends on the type of accommodation you choose, how you transport yourself around the country, and what sort of places you eat out at. For daily living costs in New Zealand, and how they compare to the rest of the world, click here.

New Zealand offers the same payment methods as anywhere else in the world: cash, credit card, debit card etc. Also, hold onto your small change – it could be worth more than you think because New Zealand uses coins for one dollar and two-dollar denominations.

Getting the best deals on tours, travel and accommodation in NZ

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New Zealand is a wonderful country, and like most Island Nations, it is on the pricier side of countries to visit. We admit that it’s not cheap, so let’s try and get the best bang for your dollar (or euro!) Below are a few of our favourite places that will get the most from your vacation.

Groupon
One of the best places to get deals anywhere in New Zealand. Groupon offers limited-time offers on dining, travel and wellness products and services, with new deals added to the mix daily.
grouponnz.co.nz/occasion/best-of

BookMe
One of the greatest finds for travelling around New Zealand is BookMe. Find deals and book activities, attractions, restaurants and more awesome things around New Zealand.
bookme.co.nz/things-to-do

i-Site
Not sure what to see and do while you’re in New Zealand? Get tips from a local! New Zealand has many i-site locations designed just for travelers like you. Each site has local experts who are bilingual. They can help you with a lot of free information for your New Zealand adventure, from:  guides and maps, booking services for: rental vehicles, accommodation, tours and transport, attractions activities and travel sims or cards for public transport services.
Google: i-Site “Your destination”

Grabaseat
Want to get around quickly? Grabaseat is the best place to get great flight deals around New Zealand. You will find the airfares a lot cheaper that AirNZ’s main website and yes it is a real website.
grabaseat.co.nz

Flying to New Zealand for your Vacation

Southern Alps

The flight to New Zealand is a long one. 12 hours from the West Coast of America, 13 hours from China, 14 hours from India and, in total, about 24 hours from Europe! So, pack your carry-on luggage accordingly. Take a neck pillow and eye mask to help you sleep, and moisturiser so your skin doesn’t dry out. Dress in loose and comfortable layers; temperatures on a flight can vary greatly so by layering you won’t feel too cold or too hot.

Competition between the increasing number of airlines that now fly into New Zealand means lower fares. As many travelers are keen to break up the long journey, some airlines allow for a stopover at minimal cost…or sometimes for free. For example, many American visitors flying on Fiji Airways or Air Tahiti Nui to New Zealand will enjoy a day or two in Fiji or Tahiti on the way. Meanwhile, a similar option exists for travellers going to or from Europe, with stopovers available in Asia or the Middle East.

Welcome to Auckland, New Zealand

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Most international flights into New Zealand land at Auckland; a population of 1.7 million people makes it New Zealand’s largest city. The airport itself looks like any modern airport, although it is much more compact than JFK, Heathrow or Beijing Capital.

Moving through customs and passport control is easy compared to most international airports. It is a relaxed welcome, but there are still rules to follow, particularly about what you can bring into the country. Unprocessed food is not allowed, so that apple you put in your backpack for a mid-flight snack, and promptly forgot about, must be thrown away on arrival.

Most processed foods can be brought in, but if in doubt, declare it on your arrival card and let customs decide.

More information can be found here.

The airport is 16 miles south of Auckland’s city center. Transport into the CBD includes:

  • Uber: fare depends on price surge
  • Taxi: average fare from NZD$38 in a budget taxi upto NZD$75 for corporate taxi
  • Airport Skybus: NZD$18 one way, NZD$34 round trip (as of June 2019)
  • Airport shuttle van: around NZD$35 for one person, then NZD$8 for each other person in your group

To check how your currency compares to those New Zealand dollar prices, go here. 

If Auckland is your gateway to the rest of New Zealand, and you’re flying straight to another destination, a free shuttle bus will take you to the domestic terminal, or you can walk there in about 10 minutes. To make your walk easier, check your luggage at the Domestic Transfer area at the international terminal at least 60 minutes before your onward flight.

Getting around New Zealand

Abel Tasman Nat Park
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New Zealand has an extensive bus network although a rental car or motorhome will let you set your own schedule.

Flying between cities will save time; the two main domestic carriers are Air New Zealand and Jetstar. Smaller airlines like Sounds Air or Chatham Air can take you to regional centers. Sites like grabaseat.co.nz or skyscanner.co.nz have low fares if you book early enough.

Buses have replaced trains on many routes. However, there are some spectacular rail journeys to check out at kiwirail.co.nz/. These include:

  • Northern Explorer: Auckland to Wellington through the heart of the North Island.
  • Coastal Pacific: Picton, Blenheim and Kaikoura to Christchurch along the east coast of the South Island.
  • TranzAlpine: Christchurch to Greymouth, considered one of the world’s most scenic railway journeys.

Public transport is busy during school breaks, so book early. Major school breaks in New Zealand occur at these times:

  • Mid to late April
  • Early to late July
  • September/October
  • December/January (the main summer school vacation of 5-6 weeks)

If you decide to drive around New Zealand, remember that New Zealanders drive on the left-hand side of the road. Most urban roads are very good; traffic jams at peak hour can occur, but freeways flow well at all other times.

Outside city limits, roads change significantly. Multi-lane freeways become two-way roads (with overtaking lanes at regular intervals), and they can be narrow, winding and steep, particularly in mountain or rural areas.

To travel from one island to the other, take your vehicle on the Interislander Cook Strait ferry between Wellington in the North Island and Picton in the South Island. Ticket information at greatjourneysofnz.co.nz/interislander/

Speed limits are in kilometres, not miles. 50 kilometers an hour (31 miles an hour) is the speed limit within the city, and on open roads the maximum limit is 100 kilometers an hour (62 miles an hour). Rain, ice and snow can make roads treacherous, so drive to the conditions and not necessarily the speed limit.

You can drive in New Zealand for up to 12 months with a current driver’s license from your home country, or an International Driving Permit. The common legal age to hire a car is 21 years. If you’re hiring during summer, book ahead, as there’s peak demand at this time of year.

A motorhome gives you great flexibility. New Zealand allows freedom camping in some areas, but for laundry, kitchen and shower facilities, book into a campground or holiday park. They’re usually good value, and are often in scenic settings.

Sleeping, wining, and dining

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The Airbnb phenomenon has well and truly arrived in New Zealand. This has led to greater competition in the accommodation industry, and lower room rates. According to budgetyourtrip.com/new-zealand, a typical double-occupancy hotel room is USD $133. (116 Euro, 104 British Pounds, 9, 251 Indian Rupee, 913 Chinese Yuan)

Hostels and backpacker accommodation, especially in popular tourist areas, are an even cheaper alternative, about half the price of a standard hotel room.

One of the biggest differences between New Zealand and the rest of the world is the dining scene. As you have already read, tipping is not expected. But the differences don’t end there:

  • Portion sizes in New Zealand tend to be smaller than in most countries. This is particularly the case in the more expensive high-end restaurants.
  • In New Zealand, an entrée is a starter course before the main course, NOT the main course.
  • Many restaurant kitchens in smaller towns close early in the evening, so a late-night walk-in might not be possible.
  • Smoking is not permitted in most outdoor dining settings.

If you want to cook your own food, there are many farmers markets – farmersmarkets.org.nz –  and supermarkets to choose from. The supermarkets don’t stock as many ready-to-cook dinners as other countries, particularly America and the United Kingdom, but fresh produce is of high quality, and most have their own bakery.

New Zealand produces world class wines. Many restaurants boast an impressive local wine list, and most wineries offer free or low-cost tastings.

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The main wine regions include:

  • Hawkes Bay, east coast of the North Island. Specialising in Bordeaux reds, syrah, and chardonnay.
  • Gisborne, north of Hawkes Bay. Specialising in chardonnay
  • Martinborough, just north of Wellington. Specialising in pinot noir
  • Marlborough, top of the South Island. A short drive from the ferry terminal at Picton. Specialising in, and world famous for, sauvignon blanc.
  • Central Otago, in the south of the South Island, around the Queenstown area. Specialising in pinot noir

If it’s coffee you’re after, try the local specialty served in every cafe: a flat white. This is a milky coffee, but highly recommended. If you want a dash of cream in your black coffee, ask for a small jug of milk.

Summary: Kiwis are cool

Marlborough Sounds by bike
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New Zealanders are called “Kiwis’ after the rarely-seen native bird. They’re laidback, hospitable and helpful. So, while we encourage you to do your planning prior to your New Zealand vacation, you can rest assured that there’ll be a friendly Kiwi close at hand and ready to help should those plans ever go awry.

New Zealand Watersheds

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Check out this amazing River basin map of New Zealand.

New Zealand Watersheds
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The 8 Best Maps Without New Zealand

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It’s hard to miss our little country, tucked all the way down there… With only 268,021 km² in land mass, New Zealand takes up less than 0.04% of the entire world.

The problem of New Zealand being excluded from maps is getting more and more publicity. The issue is not new, the Tumblr page ‘World Maps Without New Zealand‘, subreddit ‘Maps without New Zealand on them‘ and even the Facebook page ‘World Maps Without New Zealand‘ have all addressed the issue for a while now.

A glance at any of these websites reveals countless people with tattoos of maps that exclude New Zealand, as well as jewellery, trinkets and traditional maps – all with a similar omission.

Some of the best examples of New Zealand excluded from the world map.

 

New Zealand Government website without NZ on the map

Apparently, this was a joke by someone within the NZ Government, at least we can laugh at ourselves.

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New Zealand Government Website

 

United Nations Logo without New Zealand

united nations logo without NZ
United Nations Logo

 

The Game Of Risk without NZ

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The Game of Risk without NZ

 

Technically, the New York Times Magazine

NY Times NZ off the Map
Copyright New York TImes – NZ Not On The Map

IKEA Map without New Zealand

As it turns out, IKEA has now fixed the missing NZ map Issue. 

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Spotted in IKEA Sydney

Pixar’s Monsters University

monsters university nz not on the map

 

The Pyongyang International Airport missing NZ from the Map

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Nutella missing New Zealand from Map

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World Nutella Day, Missing NZ from the Map.

Do you have any other examples of NZ not on the map? Send us a link in the comments below.

Top 10 New Zealand Vacations You Wont Believe

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New Zealand is both a dream destination and a once-in-a-lifetime place to visit. If you’re planning your first vacation in New Zealand, you should get to know the best spots before you arrive.

Narrowing a list down to only 10 of the best vacation spots in New Zealand is not an easy task. With its amazing beaches, spectacular waterfalls and magnificent mountains, New Zealand has probably been on your Vacation bucket list.

We surveyed over 765 travellers who visited New Zealand, and here are their top pics for their New Zealand Vacation: 

 

10 Milford Sound, Vacation in New Zealand

Milford Sound Vacation NZ

Rudyard Kipling called Milford Sound the “eighth wonder of the world,” and if you visit this region of New Zealand, you’ll see why. On the west coast of the South Island, Milford Sound is a fusion of spectacular natural features with amazing visual cues around every corner.

It is approximately 16km from the head of the fiord to the open sea, which means visitors can comfortably travel the length of the fiord to open ocean and return on one of the many cruise options available in 1½ to 2 hours cruising time.

Milford sound has a long and interesting history, from early Maori habitation to the first European explorers. Recognised by early colonists as a very special place and it been visited by curious explorers for over 200 years. Nineteenth-century botanists have found rare plant life and the earliest photographers have documented its natural wonders.

Top 6 things to do while on vacation in Milford Sound

Milford Sound

  • Hike through the thick, untouched rainforest in the Tutoko Valley;
  • Gaze at the resident Glow-worms, lighting up the trees;
  • Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise;
  • Lady Elizabeth Bowen Falls;
  • The world-famous Milford Track.

See more things to do in the Milford Sounds

Where to stay while visiting the Milford Sounds?

Milford Lodge  
Home to a range of Milford Sound accommodation. Seize the opportunity to stay in Milford Sound and truly experience a magical place.

 

9 Bay of Islands, Vacation in New Zealand

Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is in the Northland region in the far north of the North Island of New Zealand.

Located in a stunningly beautiful length of sand and rock coastline that circles a sea pierced by 150 islands. You can catch a ferry or charter boat and immerse yourself in the blue-green world of island and beach, or paddle a sea kayak in and out of island nooks and crannies.

Don’t leave the Bay of Islands without seeing the Hole in the Rock, an opening in a rock formation that you can sail through when the tide is right.

Top 6 things to do while on vacation in the Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands vacation nz

  • ‘Hole in the Rock’ Cruise;
  • Cream Trip Cruise Bay of Islands;
  • Sailing & Dolphin Swim;
  • Wine, Food, Craft & Scenic Tours;
  • Waitangi Maori Cultural Performance & Hangi;
  • Cape Reinga & 90 mile Beach.

See more things to do in the Bay of Islands

Where to stay in the Bay of Islands?

The Clendon
Just a 4-minute walk from Pipiroa Bay, The Clendon offers resort-style accommodation, a short walk from the start of the Russell Walkway Hiking track.

Donkey Bay Inn
Situated in Russell, Donkey Bay Inn offers beachfront accommodation 200 m from Long Beach and features various facilities, such as a garden, a bar and a private beach area. Boasting luggage storage space, this property also provides guests with a terrace.

 

8 Waiheke Island, Vacation in New Zealand

Waiheke Island

There’s a reason Waiheke Island was named one of the world’s top 10 regions to visit for 2016 in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel guide.  Waiheke is a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and beaches, all just a 40-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland.

A Māori name for this place is Motu-Wai-Heke, which means “island of trickling water”. And it’s true there’s plenty of water.

Wander along the white sand at Oneroa and Onetangi beaches – two of the island’s best – and take a dip in the sheltered waters.

To stay overnight, rent a beach house and wake up to the sound of the waves, if you’re on a budget, go to a friendly backpacker hostel.

Top 6 things to do while on vacation in Waiheke Island

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  • Archery and clay shooting;
  • Art galleries;
  • Cycling;
  • Enjoy the beaches;
  • Kayaking and paddle boarding;
  • Scuba diving and snorkelling.

Discover the top 10 things to do

Where to stay while visiting Waiheke Island?

Onetangi Beach Retreat 
Situated in Onetangi, 1.4 km from EcoZip Adventures and 1.9 km from Stonyridge Vineyard,

Booklovers Cottage
Set in Te Whau Peninsula, This detached holiday home features a garden with a barbecue and a swimming pool for guests. This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Te Whau Bay! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.

 

7 Christchurch New Zealand

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Traditionally the most English of NZ cities, and despite being rocked by four large earthquakes between September 2010 and December 2011, Christchurch has made a true comeback.

Whatever time you have to spend in Christchurch, you’ll find it easy to fit our top attractions into your travel itinerary. Christchurch Attractions offers plenty of fun-filled activities for every one of all ages to enjoy, including some of Christchurch’s most popular and iconic places to visit.

Top 6 things to do while on vacation in Christchurch

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  • Christchurch Botanic Gardens;
  • Avon River;
  • The TranzAlpine Train;
  • Port Hills;
  • Hagley Park;
  • Bridge of Remembrance.

See 12 reasons to visit Christchurch 

Where to stay in Christchurch?

The Meadows Villa
Guests staying at The Meadows Villa can take a walk to a pine tree forest or around the on-site, fully fenced grazing areas that are home to some friendly Highland cattle. In the evening, in the warmer months, you can sit out under the large willow tree, next to the pond area, and enjoy a snack. Your family dog can be accommodated.

The Towers on the Park
Towers on the Park offers comfortable modern accommodation. Hagley Golf Course and Christchurch Botanic Gardens are just across the road from The Towers on the Park Hotel. It is a 20-minute stroll through Hagley Park to the Christchurch Casino.

 

6 Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

Franz Josef Glacier

First explored in 1865 by geologist Julius von Haast, who named it after the Austrian emperor. Franz Josef Glacier is five kilometres from the town of the same name.

Renowned for the beautiful walks from 5 minutes to 8 hours that you can do in this area to view these amazing ice features, native forest, wildlife and waterfalls. A 1.5-hour walk will take you to within 750m of its terminal face.

Franz Josef’s ice once flowed from the mountains right to the sea. Following millennia of gradual retreat, the glacier is now 19km inland.

If you want to actually make contact with the glacier, take a guided ice walk or a heli-hike. Aerial sightseeing is another option. The Franz Josef Glacier offers visitors a rare opportunity to experience a dynamic glacial environment.

Top 6 things to do while on vacation at the Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier vacation nz

  • Franz Josef helicopter flight and glacier hike;
  • Franz Josef valley glacier walk;
  • Kayak adventure from Franz Josef glacier;
  • Hiking to Alex Knob;
  • Tartare Tunnel – glow worms;
  • Peter’s Pool.

See more things to do while visiting 

Where to stay near Franz Josef Glacier

Rainforest Retreat
Deep In the heart of west coast glacier country, Rainforest Retreat offers a range of accommodation set amongst lush native bush in the Franz Josef Township.

Franz Josef Oasis
Opened in 2014 and offering 20 luxurious rooms, Franz Josef Oasis is just 10 minutes’ drive from the Franz Josef Glacier. Guests enjoy a spacious, covered outdoor terrace, perfect for taking in the lovely views of Westland National Park, the garden and mountains.

 

5 Queenstown Holiday in New Zealand

Queenstown

The adventure capital of New Zealand!
Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the natural beauty and the unique energy of the region create the perfect backdrop for a holiday full of adventure, discovery and rejuvenation.

Carved out of the land by glaciers, rivers and lakes, but it has been shaped by innovative adventurers and entrepreneurs from New Zealand and around the world.

Top 6 things to do while on vacation in Queenstown

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  • Queenstown Skyline Gondola and Restaurant;
  • Zip line tour;
  • Milford Sound day tour;
  • Queenstown Luge;
  • Skiing/Snowboarding at the many ski fields;
  • Queenstown Jetboating.

Discover more things to do in Queenstown 

Where to stay in Queenstown?

Blue Peaks Lodge
A 3 minutes’ walk from Queenstown Gardens, and 10 minutes’ drive from the popular Onsen Hot Pools. Queenstown Airport is a 15-minute drive away.

The Old Ferry Hotel Bed & Breakfast
A 5 minutes’ drive from Frankton Golf Course. Queenstown International Airport and Lake Wakatipu are each just an 8-minute drive away.

 

4 Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, Holiday in NZ

Te Whakarewarewa

New Zealand’s Premier Māori cultural centre, and is the perfect place to gain an understanding of New Zealand’s rich Māori culture.

Whakarewarewa is the legacy and home of the Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao people, who have been sharing their unique way of life with visitors from all around the world for over two hundred years.

Located on the edge of Rotorua and home to the world famous Pōhutu geyser, mud pools and other geothermal attractions. You can experience tours with their friendly guides, who pass on the stories and wisdom of their Māori ancestors.

Incorporating the magnificence of the geothermal landscape and the unique experience of a traditional Maori village, Whakarewarewa is a place of natural wonder and spiritual significance. 500 hot springs and 65 geyser vents are set among the distinctly colourful sinter terraces and pools that make up Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley.

What to expect

  • Experience life as a local at Whakarewarewa;
  • See bubbling mud pools, boiling hot pools and the ever-powerful Pohutu Geyser;
  • Enjoy an authentic 30 minute cultural show by Te Pakira – one of Rotorua’s leading performance groups;
  • Learn how the Maori people have adapted to this unique landscape – using nature to help in everyday life;
  • Enjoy the famous sights of Rotorua city including Government Gardens, the Bath House, Rachel Spring and the stunning lakefront.
  • Marvel at the lush Bay of Plenty countryside, passing forests, lakes, orchards, beaches and more.

Top 7 things to while visiting Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley

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  • Cycling & mountain biking;
  • Walk or bike in Whakarewarewa redwood forest;
  • Fishing;
  • Golf – some of New Zealand’s best golf;
  • Take a dip in a hot spring;
  • Maori culture – discover New Zealand’s rich heritage;
  • See the Maori village of Ohinemutu.

See more things to do in Rotorua

Places to stay while on vacation near Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley

Four Canoes Hotel
A short distance from top local attractions, Hotel Four Canoes is 5 minutes’ drive from the Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre and Whakarewarewa Thermal Village. Rotorua International Airport is a 10-minute drive away.

KARANDA BnB
Polynesian Spa is 5 km from the accommodation, while Tamaki Maori Village is 6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Rotorua Regional, 13 km from Karanda BnB, and the property offers a free airport shuttle service.

 

3 Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand

Waitomo Glowworm

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves, naturally illuminated by thousands of glowworms, are among the most unique places to go in New Zealand.

Here you can discover an ancient world 30 million years in the making and marvel at Mother Nature’s light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. The glowworm (Arachnocampa Luminosa) is unique to New Zealand, making the Waitomo Glowworm Caves an absolute must-do.

The Waitomo Glowworm Cave is accessible to those with reasonable mobility, with good handrails and paths.

Top 6 things to do while on Vacation in Waitomo

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  • Ruakuri bush walk;
  • Ed Hillary walkway;
  • Kawhia hot springs;
  • Marokopa falls;
  • Mangapohue natural bridge;
  • Te Kuiti.

See more things to do while visiting Waitomo

Top places to stay in Waitomo

Woodlyn Park Motel
Situated in Waitomo Caves and with Waitomo Glow Worm Caves reachable within 1.3 km, the nearest airport is Hamilton Airport, 65 km from Woodlyn Park Motel.

Waitomo Caves Guest Lodge
Located in the centre of Waitomo Caves Village. This property is located next to the Village Store and opposite the award-winning Huhu Cafe. It is a short walk to the Waitomo Caves i-SITE/Discovery Centre, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Curly’s Bar and Bistro and a pizzeria.

 

2 White Island New Zealand

White Island

Get up close and personal to New Zealand’s only active marine volcano. Explore Whakaari/White Island on a day tour from Whakatane.

Your White Island tour won’t be a leisurely stroll: Because this is a very active volcano, you’ll have to wear a hard hat and gas mask. You may even see volcanologists monitoring the volcano.

Often described as a once in a lifetime trip and the highlight of a vacation spent in New Zealand, this is not to be missed. Experience roaring fumaroles, amazing colours and the sense of awe you get by stepping foot onto a live volcano.

Things to do while on vacation in White Island

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Discover White Island, tours and packages

Where to stay in White Island?

White Island Rendezvous
White Island Rendezvous is a 10-minute drive from Ohope Beach, the Otarawairere Bay and Kapu Te Rangi Historic Reserve.

Rendezvous White Island is 400 m from the centre of Whakatane, and a 20-minute drive from Whakatane Airport. Whakatane Golf Course is 9 km away.

One88 on Commerce
Located in Whakatane, the 5-star motel is a short walk from the Whaktane District Aquatic Centre and walking tracks. Hiking is among the activities that guests can enjoy near One88 on Commerce.

 

1 Nelson Lakes New Zealand

Nelson Lakes

This adventure playground has mountain biking, hiking, boating, mountaineering and skiing. Nelson Lakes National Park is the beginning of the Southern Alps.

The spectacular landscape of Nelson Lakes National Park was sculpted by massive glaciers during the most recent ice ages, and many glacial landforms remain.

The beautiful alpine lakes of Rotoroa and Rotoiti form the heart of this 102,000-hectare national park. Both are surrounded by steep mountains and fringed to the shore by native honeydew beech forests, which feed a variety of tuneful nectar-eating native birds.

Top 6 things to do while on vacation in the Nelson Lakes

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  • Take a hike, on one of the spectacular walks, without a doubt, this is New Zealand’s best-kept hiking secret;
  • Swimming, you have plenty to choose from;
  • Go on a boat cruise;
  • Kayak or fish on the lakes;
  • Mountain biking;
  • Skiing/Snowboarding.

See more things to do while visiting Nelson Lakes 

Where to stay while on Vacation in Nelson?

Ah House City B&B Nelson
Located 300 m from Christ Church Cathedral, Nelson. 1.7 km from Ah House City B&B Nelson, while Tahunanui Beach is 5 km away. The nearest airport is Nelson, 9 km from the bed and breakfast, and the property offers a free airport shuttle service.

Rutherford Hotel Nelson – A Heritage Hotel
Centrally located in Nelson, the 4.5-star Rutherford Hotel is within easy walking distance of the city’s main shopping streets and the landmark cathedral.

 

5 interesting facts about life in New Zealand

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While on those Flights to Baltimore, try asking yourself questions like “how well do I know Baltimore”. Truth is, we do not really know much about where we stay or where we want to travel. Permit me to use this opportunity to open your eyes to stories outside what you already know. Using New Zealand as a case study, here are 5 unspoken truths about life in New Zealand.

The Whanganui River is the first to get human rights recognition

It is not every day that you get to witness religion getting a permit from the rule of law and legislation. This river is popular among New Zealanders for its spiritual importance. In March 2007, the fight for over 160 years was won as the river got a human rights status. This is one of the very rare cases where issues of beliefs play a role in the proceedings of law.

Not a place for change

For those who do not know, you are not expected to tip people in New Zealand. This goes for virtually all service providers from room attendant to taxi drivers. Unlike some places where they even, expect you to drop a certain percentage of your bill as change. They will not turn down some extra cash as a show of appreciation. However, it is worthy to note that there is no such thing as “change”. Certain currencies are no longer in circulation. As a result, the locals will round certain figures to the nearest whole number. Have this in mind when next you are paying for something.

Chiefs of women advocacy

Feminism is always on the news with a lot of people airing their opinions on it. Most people are usually in support of it (through their words alone). Despite the plenty talk, very few countries have made adequate steps to giving women opportunities to show what they have to offer. New Zealand is one of such countries. It is the first country to give women the right to vote and be voted for. It is also the first country to have women occupying all three major positions (prime minister, governor-general and chief judge).

This is the home of the longest place in the world

Forgive my spelling just in case I miss a letter or two. Taumata Whakatangi Hangakoauau O Tamatea Turi Pukakapiki Maunga Horo Nuku Pokai Whenua Kitanatahu is actually a place in New Zealand and it holds the record of the place with the longest place in New Zealand (it contains eight five letter). You definitely do not want to send mail or post cards to this place. I am still trying to pronounce its name and I am not making so much progress. It is a town located in Hawke’s bay.

Landing strip with a railway line

Now this is a bit too extreme I must say. While there are other forms of transportation that go together, this is one that seems a little off. It is actually true that the North-Grisbone rail line actually runs through Grisbone airport. This has become one thing most tourists love to see as some of them take this particular train route to get a view.

Which Two New Zealand Cities Are The Best In The World?

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Check out this chart of which cities have the best deals: quality of life and cost of living around the world.

We can spot two New Zealand cities, where is your city ranked?

 

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You Won’t Believe Which Country Has The Most Promiscuous Women

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According to a global sex survey held by Durex, Kiwi women have an average of 20.4 sexual partners, which is well above the global average of 7.3.

This is double the amount of partners that British or Australian women have had.

This means that New Zealand is the only country where women have had more sexual partners then men, who averaged only 16.8 partners.

This study brings up a related health issue … In a recent report, Irish workers helping with the Christchurch rebuild are sharing the love but it seems they are also contracting sexual diseases.

Irish men reported that they were contracting sexual diseases at an alarming rate. Since Kiwi women have been found to have a lot more sexual partners than other women and the Irish lads might not be used to living somewhere with such high STI rates.

The global survey showed that despite sex being so important, the reality today is that 54% of people are dissatisfied with their sex life. Dissatisfaction is driven by a combination of factors that can be practical such as issues around money, careers and poor work life balance.

Watch the full video

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

New Zealand Vs Australia: The War for Crypto Supremacy

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On January 12th 2009, Bitcoin was launched as the world’s first genuine electronic cash, built for the purpose of creating a digital exchange medium away from government or institutional control.

Since this date, Bitcoin has played the role of being the world’s first true universal currency, acting as the mothership for all the other various forms of digital currencies that have spawned since Bitcoin’s creation in 2009.

Bitcoin and her fellow cryptocurrencies share a similar vision of revolutionising payments worldwide, by the means of significantly increasing transaction speeds and reducing or even completely excluding transaction fees. Bitcoin can be sent across country borders in minutes, without the interference or oversight of any central authority or bank.

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For this reason, crypto has garnered a considerable amount of attention over the last 2 years. Partly due to the immense media attention, Bitcoin’s price multiplied by 19 over 2017, only to be followed by 2018’s infamous year of market recovery.

As a result of the fact that only 21 million Bitcoin can and will ever exist, in combination with its utility as a borderless currency, investors from around the world are purchasing their own digital currencies to sit for the long run. Investors are hoping that when crypto reaches mainstream adoption, the value of their assets with shoot through the roof substantially.

Bitcoin had created a global digital goldrush, and it came as no surprise to anyone that the Kiwis and Aussies were keen to get involved.

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Bitcoin adoption in New Zealand Vs Australia

In January 2018, HiveEx surveyed a random population of 2,000 Australians and found that 5% of them owned cryptocurrency. In August 2018, the same study was conducted, and it was revealed that the number had jumped to 13.5%.

In New Zealand, It is estimated that only 1% or less of the current population own their own cryptocurrency, however, like Australia, there is very limited qualitative and quantitative research on crypto adoption rates.

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Localbitcoins.com, a peer-to-peer bitcoin trading platform, reported that in January of 2019, the average daily bitcoin trade volume in New Zealand was just shy of $169,900 USD per week, whereas Australia had an average weekly trading volume of just over $531,839 USD.

New Zealanders and Australians are buying and holding cryptocurrency for a multitude of good reasons, and you can learn more about why they do here.

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How easy is it to buy; New Zealand vs Australia

Trading cryptocurrency has never been easier. In New Zealand, you have several options including Bitprime, Dasset, and Easy Crypto, however, Easy Crypto NZ tends to have the most competitive rates, the most easily navigable interface, the fastest processing and sign up speeds, as well as the most user-friendly information for beginners.

We would recommend using Easy Crypto for NZ for all your cryptocurrency needs – you can go straight to their website by clicking here.

Easy Crypto, within the last month, has now expanded to Australia too. Easy Crypto Australia will have the same rates, the same beginner-friendly information and the same ease of use and the New Zealand branch. Before Easy Crypto’s expansion to the Australian market, your options for trading were with Independent Reserve, CoinSpot, ACX, and Bitcoin Australia.

We would recommend using Easy Crypto AUS to meet your trading needs too – you can also visit their website by clicking here.

Crypto hacks New Zealand vs Australia

Crypto hacks; New Zealand vs Australia

Similar to other nations that have a blossoming crypto industry, New Zealand and Australia are also susceptible to nefarious hacks. Since the emergence of crypto in 2008, Australasia has experienced significant exchange breaches, resulting in losses of hundreds of millions of dollars.

This has been due to the exploitation of flaws in an exchange’s or central server’s database, however its vital to understand that it’s impossible to directly hack the infrastructure of a cryptocurrency. Nevertheless, it’s possible that the security of a central server can be violated, resulting in the theft of personal information.

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These events are rare, but occasionally do happen. The recently well-publicized Cryptopia hack is not the only instance of this happening in New Zealand. Bitcoinica suffered multiple attacks in 2012, resulting in over sixty thousand Bitcoins being stolen.

Another NZ based exchange, BitNZ also lost 39 Bitcoins to hackers in 2014. Over in Australia, independent exchanges haven’t been affected to the same extent, but it has been reported that last year, government websites were hacked to mine both Bitcoin and Monero.

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In conclusion, both Australia and New Zealand are making great strides in crypto adoption and development, considering that this movement is in its very early days. If you would like to learn more about cryptocurrency and the technology behind it, as well as why people buy it in the first place, click here.


If you would like to become an early adopter and invest in digital assets like Bitcoin now, click here if you are in New Zealand, and click here if you are in Australia.

 

Quiz: 50 Of The Toughest Questions | New Zealand General Knowlege Quiz

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Can you pass our general knowledge New Zealand quiz? Are you a true Kiwi or have you just watched the Lord of the Rings? TThis quiz will test how much of a New Zealander you really are.

Good luck!

Don’t forget to share this quiz once you’re done, it took us a few days to build this 🙂

How many stars does the New Zealand flag have?

According to Maori legend the leader of the Maori expedition from Hawaiki that found Aotearoa was

What does Aotearoa mean?

At which Olympics did NZer Peter Snell win gold medals for the 800m and 1500m?

Christmas in New Zealand is in which season?

Due to its shape, what is the New Zealand Parliamentary building commonly called?

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark is affiliated with which political party?

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How many wickets did Richard Hadlee take in Test cricket?

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In 1990, New Zealand became the first country in the modern world to appoint what?

In 1999, Georgina Beyer became the world's first Member of Parliament who was ... ?

In 2001, Pete Hodgson was appointed which new ministerial title?

In the traditional Maori greeting 'hongi', which body parts are pressed together by two people?

What is John Campbell well known as?

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Kiwi fruit is native to which country?

Maori people first arrived in New Zealand how many years ago?

In 2012 a NZ weatherman used what language for the first time in a broadcast?

What is the missing mountain? Ngauruhoe, Tongariro…

New Zealand has three official languages. English and New Zealand sign language are two. What is the other one?

New Zealand is part of a 93% submerged continent known as what?

What is the capital of New Zealand?

The first Europeans known to have reached New Zealand were led by Abel Tasman, in which year?

What is the northernmost tip of New Zealand is called?

What year was the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in?

What city is the Art Deco capital?

What farm animal do most people immediately associate with New Zealand?

What is New Zealand's most famous castle?

What is the national bird of New Zealand?

What is the recognised nickname for New Zealand's largest city, Auckland?

What is Wellington's harbour called?

What was the capital of New Zealand before it was moved to Wellington?

When did the New Zealand win gold medal in hockey in Olympics?

Where did New Zealand send its troops in 1999 as part of the UN peace keeping force?

Which city in New Zealand recently suffered a series of devistating earthquakes?

Which islands are in a time zone 45 minutes ahead of the rest of New Zealand?

Which military alliance has New Zealand as its member?

Which mountain is 23 kilometres North East of Ohakune, 40 kilometres South West of the southern shore of Lake Taupo and is part of Tongariro National Park?

Which New Zealand sports team has the best winning record of any male national team?

Which of the following is NOT a bank operating in New Zealand?

Which of these animals can be found in the wild in New Zealand?

Which of these is not a popular New Zealand junk-food?

Which of these words is not a commonly-used kiwi slang term?

Which popular New Zealand comedian, who had their own show, died of a heart attack in 1991?

Which region is known as 'the Fruitbowl' of New Zealand?

Which small island off the southern coast of the South Island?

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Who along with Tenzing Norgay is the first to reach the summit of Mt. Everest?

Who became the Governor General of New Zealand in 2006?

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Who is the Head of State of New Zealand?

Who of the following cricketers played for New Zealand in 1987 World Cup?

Who sings Royals?

Which city in New Zealand constantly smells of sulphur?

 

Anti-Vaxxer Logic

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While Canterbury undergoes a Measles outbreak, it’s time to make sure your family is safe.

Barbie releases first ever Maori doll

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Barbie has celebrated International Woman’s Day by releasing its first ever Maori doll, modelled on New Zealand sports journalist Melodie Robinson.

The doll has curly hair and beautiful brown skin and holds a microphone to represent her occupation as a journalist. Ms Robinson is the first New Zealander to ever have a Barbie replication made.

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“Seriously cool to be selected to inspire young girls with the first ever New Zealand Barbie – she’s Maori and a commentator!” Ms Robinson said on Instagram.

Ms Robinson is a former international Rugby player, winning two World Cups with the Silver Ferns – New Zealand’s female Rugby team. She has since moved into sports journalism and has been appointed TVNZ’s new General Manager of Sports and Events.

This latest ‘Role Model’campaign by Matte will feature 20 women from 18 different countries as part of the Barbie’ anniversary and International Women’s Day

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No Body Lives Here In New Zealand – By Andrew DC

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Check out this amazing image which shows how few people actually live in New Zealand, simply amazing . . .

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No One Lives Here by Andrew DC andrewdc.co.nz

What Hungus Means In NZ

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What the … ? Hungus, it’s a common word in New Zealand slang. What does it really mean? We are here to help.

Our explanation: Pretty much Hungus means that you’re hungry or you ate too many pies.

An example of Hungus spoken in true kiwi style: “bo, I was Hungus as and had the mean as feed, *burp*”. What that really means: “Hey mate, I was feeling rather hungry, it was good food, but I think I ate too much!”.

 

Definitions from other sources

Urban dictionary
“New Zealand slang for someone who is eating or ate lots because of extreme hunger.”

Anita Hendrieka
“Stop being a hungus!” This refers to someone who loves food a lot.

Absolute Bus
Hungry person eating all the food – e.g. “stop being a hungus and leave us some!”

Urban List
“Stop being such a hungus!” Translation: Hungus = someone who eats a lot of food.

ILoveNZ
Hungus: When you’re hungry as for a feed.

 

Still need help with your Kiwi Slang? Watch this video…

You Wont Belive How Windy This City Really Is | The Worlds Windiest City

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Wellington, New Zealand is the world’s windiest city, with an average of 22 days of over 74 km/hr (45.9mph) and 173 days above 59 km/hr (36.6mph) of wind speed.

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Solace in the Wind (The Naked Man) statue – image copyright Aidan/Flickr

Sailors, windsurfers and kite-surfers come from afar to ride the winds of Wellington. Air pollution is almost non-existent and wind power is harnessed for electricity. Wind power one of the major upside of a breezy climate, Wellington has 62 turbines set on the hills around the city.

West wind project in Wellingtons West – image copyright tbsgroup.co.nz

Residents of Wellington have learnt to cope with the winds, at one stage, there was even ropes that were strung across a number of busy city streets, to assist pedestrians to make it across the road. These ropes are no longer in use, but the city does have a number of wind-friendly Street Corner Canopies. These devices are now used instead of ropes.

These canopies use glass and sturdy handles to keep pedestrians safe. Image copyright architectureplus.co.nz

Why is Wellington the windiest city in the world?

Wellington is in a unique spot, with the sea on the south and big valleys to the north. The sea breeze creates a “funnelling effect” through the Cook Strait channel into Wellington Harbour.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJtZxC2QYuU

 

The 5 windiest cities in the world

This list is for urban areas with the most amount of average wind. If you are looking for places or areas of land with the most wind, sorry this list isn’t for you.

5) St. John’s, Canada

The windier part of the year lasts for 6.5 months, from October 5 to April 20, with average wind speeds of more than 13.2km/hr (8.2mph). The windiest day of the year is January 13, with an average hourly wind speed of 16.7km/hr (10.4mph).

4) Dodge City, Kansas.

Average wind speed just under 22.5km/hr (14mph). There are locations in the U.S. with higher averages, but this is the windiest place with a significant population of more than 27,000 people.

3) Punta Arenas, Chile.

The average hourly wind speed in Punta Arenas experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 5.5 months, from October 4 to March 21, with average wind speeds of more than 26km/hr (16.2mph). The windiest day of the year is November 16, with an average hourly wind speed of 23.3km/hr (18mph)

2) Rio Gallegos, Argentina

The windier part of the year lasts for 5.4 months, from October 17 to March 29, with average wind speeds of more than 24.6km/hr (15.3mph). The windiest day of the year is December 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 27km/hr (16.8mph).

1) Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington has a fairly crazy wind speed, averaging of 22 days with over 74 km/hr (45.9mph) and 173 days with more than 59 km/hr (36.6mph).

Watch how windy it can get

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfFeciu8N7s

About Wellington

Wellington is the capital city and second most populated City in New Zealand, with 418,500 residents. The city is on the southern tip of the North Island, its latitude is 41°17′S, makes Wellington also the world’s southernmost capital of a sovereign state.

The average salary in the region is NZ$59,639, with the most popular occupations: Executive Assistant, Software Developer and Operations Manager which pay between NZ$62,000 – NZ$125,000 per year. The most popular industries in Wellington are: Banking, Education, and Information Technology (IT).

Benefits of being the windiest city

It’s surprising to think, that there are benefits to having a windy city. Below is a few of the main reasons the wind is great for Wellington.

  • Surfing is more predictable – Wellington is a very coastal city and has many different angles, at almost any day of the year, there is a surf beach within 10-45 minutes of the CBD.
  • Air Quality – Air pollution in Wellington is minimal to non-existent, there is a noticeable difference from the clean fresh air Wellingtonians get to enjoy and most other cities.
  • Renewable energy – The region boasts some of the most consistent winds and produces some of the most reliable wind-electricity in the world.
  • It doesn’t get too hot – You can almost always count on a breeze to cool you down.
  • Mosquitos and flies are uncommon – While Wellington isn’t mosquito or fly free, there is far less flying bugs to deal with.

Can you think of any reasons why being the windy city is great? Please tell us in the comments below.

New Zealand Slang: Cuzzie

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We are always looking at how we can help you understand New Zealand’s wonderful slang. Today we are looking at the term: Cuzzie.

This term really means your friend, mate or cousin. Often can be interchanged with the term ‘bro’ or added together to say “cuzzie bro!”.

The term originated from ‘Cousin,’ abbreviated to ‘Cuzzie’ and finally to ‘Cuz’. You will often hear locals saying “what up cuz?” or “up to cuz?” which translates to: “What are you up to bro?”.

Below are a couple of formal translations, which one is your favourite?

Translation #1:
Another term for your friend or cousin.

E.g. “Wats up my cuzzie, how are you doing?” or “Hey, I haven’t seen my cuzzie in a long time, he lives far away.”

Translation #2:

cuzziecuzzie-bro (ˈkʌzɪˌbrəʊ)
noun NZ – a close friend or family member, often used in direct address.

Which definition is your favourite? Do you have any better examples to use the term Cuzzie? Have you tried our NZ Slang quiz?

New Zealand Slang: Wop-Wops

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What is your favourite Kiwi Slang word? There is so many its almost confusing, well, we are here to help! This week we are taking a look at the slang term: Wop-Wops (AKA Woop-Woops).

Wop-Wops Definition: The middle of no-where. Often used when you are describing a far off place, or when you are lost. Can be found in many other countries, but New Zealanders consider it their own slang term.

Alternative Definition #1:
This is a New Zealand term for the unknown, gravelled or metalled roads or bush. It could be anywhere that’s in the middle of no-where and can be often shortened to simply wops.

  • “I’m from the wop wops, and I only go into town once a week”
  • “Going out Woopwoop, or going out to the bush, country”

Alternative Definition #2:
New Zealand is full of wop-wops, and means a place far from other civilisation. Wop-wop it’s a funny word…

E.g. “Jerry, why did you turn down here? We’re in the middle of the Wop-Wops! Can’t you do anything right?”

Read more about the Wop-Wops from Stuff or MadMan.

What do you think? What is your a best-Wop-Wops moment?

View from the Hobbiton movie set – thanks r/commonvanilla

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Check out this amazing view from the Hobbiton Movie Set, what an amazing shot. Have you been here? – image posted on reddit from r/commonvilla

The 14 Most Important New Zealanders

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For a little country in the middle of the pacific, New Zealand does punch above its weight. Our beutiful little nation has produced some of the world leading scientists, athletes and accomplished many world firsts.

Below is the list of New Zealanders who are voted the most important Icons of today. Some you will love and some you will hate, but let’s face it, these people are true Kiwi Icons.

Did we miss any? Feel free to discuss more below.


14. Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe, NZ Cinema Icon – image copyright expatclaptrap

1964 – Present
This guy, why Russell Crowe? you may ask. Let’s face it, Russell Crowe is a kiwi icon, he was born here and we should be proud of this. This is what the people voted for after all. Russell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand. His family moved to Australia when he was a small child, settling in Sydney, and Russell got the acting bug early in life.

He came to international attention for his role as the Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius in the epic film Gladiator, for which Crowe won an Academy Award for Best Actor, a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor, an Empire Award for Best Actor and a London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and 10 further nominations for best actor.

 

13. Robert Muldoon

Robert Muldoon
Robert Muldoon, NZ Political icon – image copyright douglaslloydjenkins

1921 – 1992
If you remember Robert Muldoon, he may not be considered a positive influence or a true New Zealand icon. However, his leadership and political influence shaped the country we have today, makeing him a very important part of NZ history.

Muldoon came to power promising to lead “a Government of the ordinary bloke.” He appointed himself Minister of Finance. His tenure as Prime Minister was plagued by an economic pattern of stagnation, high inflation, growing unemployment, and high external debts and borrowing.

In 1984, he was only the second Prime Minister to receive a knighthood while still in office. Muldoon was a polarising figure and has been variously described as a “bully”, an “enigma,”, and “a strong believer in the battler, the little man, the ordinary citizen and his or her rights.”

 

12. John Walker

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John Walker, New Zealand Sport Icon – image copyright stuff.co.nz

1952 – Present
John Walker, the third of New Zealand’s triumvirate of great milers, was very much a man of his times. He was a track and field rock star. He was bigger than most of his rivals and cut an impressive figure as he burnt up the tracks of Europe, his long, flaxen hair trailing behind him.

But the style and the image would have counted for little if he hadn’t also been a champion athlete, and he was one of the best. His international career spanned nearly 20 years – extraordinary durability for a runner – and his string of achievements is mind-boggling.

 

11. Bill Hamilton

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Bill Hamilton, NZ Jet Boat icon – image copyright jetboatpokomatsu

1899 – 1978
Was a New Zealand engineer who developed the modern jetboat. Hamilton never claimed to have invented the jet boat. He once said “I do not claim to have invented marine jet propulsion. The honour belongs to a gentleman named Archimedes, who lived some years ago.” What he did was refine the design enough to produce the first useful modern jet boat.

 

10. A J Hackett

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A J Hackett, Bungy Jump icon – image copyright theedge

1958 – Present
Putting New Zealand on the map by inventing the commercial bungy jump, A J Hackett will forever be a kiwi Icon. Alan John “A.J.” Hackett ONZM is a New Zealand entrepreneur who popularised the extreme sport of bungy jumping. He made a bungy jump from the Eiffel Tower in 1987 and founded the first commercial bungy site in 1988.

 

9. Sir Ernest Rutherford

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Sir Ernest Rutherford, New Zealands Science icon – image copyright Atomic Model Timeliner

1871 – 1937
Lord Ernest Rutherford – New Zealand’s greatest scientist and the man behind the face that adorns the NZ $100 dollar bill – was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1908, recognising his contributions to nuclear science. Rutherford became the first person to identify the structure of the atom and to successfully ‘split the atom’. The official citation for his prize reads “for investigations into the disintegration of the elements and the chemistry of radioactive substances”.

 

8. Te Rauparaha

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Te Rauparaha, Aotearoa Maori icon – image copyright Tiki Rau

1760s –1849
Not many people know of this New Zealand icon, but historically he is one of the most important icons New Zealand must remember. Te Rauparaha was a Māori rangatira and war leader of the Ngāti Toa tribe who took a leading part in the Musket Wars. He was influential in the original sale of land to the New Zealand Company and was a participant in the Wairau Affray in Marlborough.

It is generally considered that Te Rauparaha was born in 1768, in Te Taharou near Kawhia, the year before Captain Cook’s arrival in New Zealand. Te Rauparaha’s father was Werawera, a chief of the Ngati Toarangatira tribe. Te Rauparaha’s mother was Parekohatu, from the Ngati Ruakawa tribe.

 

7. Jonah Lomu

Jonah Lomu, NZ’s rugby icon – image copyright stuff.co.nz

1975 – 2015
Jonah Lomu was a New Zealand rugby union player. He became the youngest ever All Black when he played his first international in 1994 at the age of 19 years and 45 days. Playing on the wing Lomu finished his international career with 63 caps and 37 tries. He is regarded as the first true global superstar of rugby.

Lomu burst onto the international rugby scene during the 1994 Hong Kong Sevens tournament, the same year he made his fifteen-a-side debut. He was widely acknowledged as the top player at the 1995 World Cup in South Africa even though New Zealand lost the final to the host South Africa. His performance at the Rugby World Cup established him as “rugby union’s biggest drawcard”.

 

6. Peter Jackson

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Peter Jackson New Zealand’s entertainment icon – image copyright Senses of Cinema

1961 – Present
Film director, screenwriter, and film producer. He is best known as the director, writer, and producer of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit trilogy.

His career began with the splatstick horror comedy Bad Taste and the black comedy Meet the Feebles before filming the zombie comedy Braindead. He shared a nomination for Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay with his partner Fran Walsh for Heavenly Creatures, which brought him to mainstream prominence in the film industry.

 

5. Billy T. James

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Billy T James, New Zealand Comedy Icon

1948 – 1991
Billy T James ranks as a key figure in the development of Kiwi comedy. Billy honed his talents as a singer and comedian on stages worldwide, then brought them to a local TV audience on throwback show Radio Times. His self-titled comedy show was a major ratings hit.

 

4. Peter Blake

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Peter Blake, NZ Sporting Icon – Image copyright stuff.co.nz

1948 – 2001
Peter Blake was a New Zealand yachtsman who won the 1989–1990 Whitbread Round the World Race, held the Jules Verne Trophy from 1994 to 1997 by setting the fastest time around the world as co-skipper of ENZA New Zealand, and led his country to successive victories in the America’s Cup.

Blake was shot and killed by pirates while monitoring environmental change on the Amazon River on 5 December 2001. He was 53 years old.

 

3. Hōne Heke

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Hone Heke, Aotearoa icon – image copyright Te Ara

1807 –1850
Ngāpuhi chief Hōne Heke was an influential northern Māori voice in favour of the Treaty of Waitangi. However, he later became a leading opponent of British rule in New Zealand.

Heke was probably born around 1808. He came under the influence of missionaries as a teenage student at the Kerikeri Mission School. He was baptised a Christian in 1835 and took on the name Hone.

 

2. Kate Sheppard

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Kate Sheppard, Women Rights – image copyright stuff.co.nz

1848 –1934
Through her skilful writing and persuasive public speaking, Kate successfully advocated women’s suffrage. She organised petitions and public meetings, by writing letters to the press, and by developing contacts with politicians. She was the editor of The White Ribbon, the first woman-operated newspaper in New Zealand.

Her pamphlets Ten Reasons Why the Women of New Zealand Should Vote and Should Women Vote? Contributed to the cause. This work culminated in a petition with 30,000 signatures calling for women’s suffrage that was presented to parliament, and the successful extension of the franchise to women in 1893. As a result, New Zealand became the first country to establish universal suffrage.

 

1, Sir Edmund Hillary

Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand Exploring Icon – image copyright Academy of Achievement

1919 – 2008
Sir Edmund Hillary was New Zealand’s greatest hero. The tall, gangly beekeeper seized world headlines when he and his Sherpa companion Tenzing Norgay, on May 29, 1953, became the first to scale the summit of Mount Everest.

He died on January 11, 2008, aged 88 and never forgot that he reached the summit with Tenzing, he devoted the rest of his life to fundraising to improve the health, education and environment of the Sherpa people of Nepal.

A Wild Kiwi Appears

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Check out this amazing footage of a Kiwi Bird, originally uploaded on reddit.

Top 33 NZ Slang Words That Don’t Make Sense

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  1. Bach: (pronounced batch) is a holiday (or vacation) home, normally near a lake, beach, or river.
  2. Beached as: Been to the beach for a long time and suffering from sunburn.
  3. Chilly bin: Pronounced “Chilly bun”, to the rest of the world this is an esky, or cooler.
  4. Chur: Thanks bro!
  5. Cuzzie: Another way of saying cousin, but can be used for your friends… No one really knows what this means anymore.
  6. Dairy: Your local corner store, much like a newsagent or milk bar.
  7. HungusWhen you’re hungry as for a feed.
  8. Jafa: Just Another Fuc***g Aucklander. You will find that the rest of the country is jealous of our biggest city… No one really knows why.
  9. Jandals: Flip flops or thongs, definitely not roman sandals.
  10. Knackered: Totally exhausted, usually from some form of physical activity done ’til you can’t move and have to resort to Maccas and TV all afternoon.
  11. Maori Job: Considered racial, same as Half Pai.
  12. Munted: Buggered, or something that’s broken.
  13. Smoko: A break, morning or afternoon tea.
  14. Solid: That’s really awesome!
  15. Sook: A grown man who needs to harden up, as in “don’t be such a sook” – like a whimp, or a baby.
  16. Spots: or known as hot knives or bottle tokes. This is where two red hot knives are heated on an oven top to incinerate a small ball of a weed to inhale through a bottle with the arse end removed.
  17. Rangi: That’s farked.
  18. Root: Sex, one of New Zealands favorite past times. Did you know? Kiwi women are the most promiscuous in the world. New Zealand women have an average of 20.4 sexual partners, the global average is only 7.3…  Us Kiwis are having more than the global average every year, bro!
  19. Scodey: Something that’s rotten or gross.
  20. Shame: Used when someone is witnessed doing or saying something embarrassing, or when you hear a story about something embarrassing happening to someone.
  21. Squizz or looksee: Checking something out visibly, as in “give us a squizz”.
  22. Stoked: Happy, pleased that something went well.
  23. Shot: Thanks bro.
  24. Skux: Ladies Man, or someone who is well dressed.
  25. Slash: Really needing to go for a pee.
  26. Sucked the kumara: Something that’s extremely broken.
  27. Swannie: Often worn by South Islanders, AKA the basis for fashion of NZ. It’s just a checkered jersey with no style.
  28. Sweet as: That’s awesome, or cool.
  29. Takka: Food.
  30. Tiki tour: Getting to your destination, the hard way or via the long route.
  31. Up the boohai, or boowai: Something lost or gone awry.
  32. What owl: Means what did you say?
  33. Wop wops: Somewhere that is literally in the middle of nowhere, just like Palmerston North or Gore.

Did we miss any? Let us know below or try our Kiwi Slang Quiz

The 5 Windiest Cities In The World

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The next time you complain of the wind, have a thought for the poor people who live in any city on this list. Some have to deal with more than 173 days of constant wind!

When it comes to strong breezes, most cities can’t compare to this list. Wind can blow strong enough to pick you up and send you flying to the next county (almost). Below is the world’s windiest cities on earth, please don’t forget a jacket.

5) St. John’s, Canada

Canada’s most windy city, with almost 16 days of the year with wind gusts of nearly 63km/hr. St. John’s is also #2 on the list of Canada’s worst snowstorms.

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4) Dodge City, Kansas

The fifth on our list, with an average wind-speed of 22.5km/hr. In this city, even a small amount of snow can create a wild blizzard due to the crazy force of the wind. The City of Kansas is also lucky enough to sit in the famous “tornado alley.”

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3) Punta Arenas, Chile

If you don’t like dirt, this isn’t the place for you. But do come here if you enjoy daily wind in excess of 23.3km/hr all-round the year.

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2) Rio Gallegos, Argentina

Located on the southern tip of Argentina, and it’s not uncommon for wind gusts reaching up to 98km/hr. The annual average is 25km/hr and towards the end of the year winds with more than 48km/hr are considered the norm in December.

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1) Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand is the windiest city in the world with an annual average around 29.6km/hr. Located in what is known a wind corridor between the South and North Islands of New Zealand.

On average Wellington can see 173 days above 59km/hr and 22 days above 74km/hr. Don’t get me wrong, Wellington is a lovely place, on a great day. I mean, they had to create a slogan about it. Usually, that day arrives once every 6 years, I’m still waiting on it. Unfortunately, due to global warming (or freezing in this matter), we may never see this day ever again.

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

37 Reasons Why Auckland Should Be The Capital City of New Zealand

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Wellington, let’s face it, your time is up! If you weren’t the capital city of New Zealand, there wouldn’t be any reason to talk about you on the news, besides when a roof gets blown off… With your gail-force winds, sub-zero temperatures in Winter…

Wellington isn’t exactly your typical holiday city or vacation destination, and there isn’t much to do is there? I mean, come to think of it, when you visit Wellington there is only one place to go and see… Te Papa!

Wellington does have a few things going for it, your picturesque hills, blue waters, cafes, great culture and of course you can’t beat Wellington on a good day … those 3 glorious days every year! There has been a lot of debate on whether Auckland should be the capital, below is a list of reasons why Auckland should be the capital, it pretty much already is!

Below are the main reasons Auckland City should be the capital of New Zealand.

  1. When you’re overseas Wellington isn’t really considered big enough to be a city.
  2. Auckland is home to the National War-Mamorial Museium, and you cant disagree with that.
  3. That’s right, no one knows of Wellington, when you’re overseas everyone asks: “Are you from Auckland?
  4. Everyone overseas is surprised when you tell them that Auckland isn’t the capital
  5. Auckland has the tallest building in the country.
  6. Auckland really knows how to impress their out-of-town friends.
  7. Alternatively, we could make Auckland the State Capital for NZ and finally join the Australian Federation.
  8. The bustling International airport means that tourists prefer to see Auckland first
  9. When you land in Auckland you don’t need a vom bag during landing
  10. The Prime Minister lives in Auckland. So did the last one.
  11. Though John Key did apologise, it’s a true fact when he stated that Wellington was a dying city.
  12. Anyone who has done business internationally knows that the business and financial world looks to Auckland.
  13. In Auckland you can enjoy the ocean, the water isn’t arctic cold!
  14. Auckland has the largest sea and air ports, welly is difficult to get into and out of
  15. As far as we know, Wellington is prone to earthquakes.
  16. Wellington’s awful weather.
  17. The infrastructure issues in Auckland will finally be fixed!
  18. Perhaps we could build a small parliamentary town on the outskirts of Auckland, by the ocean. Make sure it’s in a really nice location, beautiful, warm, secure, modernised, and employ an automated transport system. It won’t cost anything in real terms because existing parliament buildings can be sold off.
  19. It will help de-populate Auckland and make other places in NZ more attractive to immigrants.
  20. It’s already is New Zealand’s centre of power and economy in every sense.
  21. Auckland must be the capital so the rest of the world to take New Zealand seriously.
  22. If all the politicians moved to Auckland and all the creative people moved to Wellington, both cities will become what they are already supposed to be.
  23. Auckland can grow, whereas Wellington is stuck between hills.
  24. We can enjoy our drinks outside rooftop without the wind.
  25. It’s already is the capital, why is it taking such a long time?
  26. Auckland has the most diverse, most populous, and has a wealth of creativity which is unmatched nationwide.
  27. Auckland has Waiheke.
  28. Because of this, there’s a smaller version of nearly every country in the world here.
  29. Some of the most beautiful waterfalls you will ever see.
  30. Auckland could open up a cardigan shop for when all the civil servants follow.
  31. Overseas newspapers constantly mistake Auckland as the capital.
  32. Auckland is called New Zealand’s Super City for a reason.
  33. Auckland has four seasons in one day, not one season all year.
  34. It’s the City of Sails, but not the city of gale-force winds and upturned umbrellas.
  35. There are beaches galore, black sand, white sand, take your pick.
  36. Auckland has more weekend getaways available.
  37. IUt’s too cold for your next holiday or vacation, when was the last time you heard someone say “I know, let’s go to Wellington for our next holiday!”

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

Hippy spends 6 months and $11,000 finding himself; discovers that he is a “cliche c*#t.”

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19 year old Jonty Cockburn has spent the past 6 months travelling the world and visiting some of the world’s most spiritual places, only to realise that he is a boring, hypocritical, “clichéd c*#t” he says.

Cockburn’s expensive round-the-world trip has taken him through countries such as Goa, Mongolia, Peru, and Burma, but it wasn’t until New Zealand that he found himself.

Cockburn spoke about the realisation and how it overcame him as he sat around a drum circle at an organic chickpea farm in New Zealand’s North Island.

What triggered Cockburn, was when he realised that he was surrounded by 8 near-identical looking white, hair tied into a bun, poncho-wearing, bucket-hat sporting, fire-poi spinning, terribly tattooed hippies.

He realised then that he had spent most of his life judging others for being “too mainstream,” and for “not caring enough about the world.” Cockburn has lost many friends arguing over basic things such as the price of milk and how TV is controlling the population, but now he realises that he can only control his own life and he should mind his own business.

Cockburns Facebook profile lists his interests as ‘legalisation, hacky-sack [and]… psytrance’, but Cockburn now tells has that he intends to cut his dreadlocks off, throw away his propagator and burn his embarrassing collection of tye-dye t-shirts.

“I thought I was an individual snowflake, but then I realised that actually, all snow looks the same to the naked human eye.”  Cockburn went on to say that he doesn’t “want to sit around anymore talking about how we’re going to change the world with a revolution, only to then consume an entire bag of Cool Original Doritos, watch re-runs of Blackadder, and then fall asleep.”

“I want to actually do something worthwhile with my life instead.”

Deep stuff, thanks Jonty.

13 Of NZ’s Most Important Icons

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13 Chocolate fish

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Undoubtedly a kiwi Icon is the Chocolate fish, often used as a common reward for a job well done. The confectionary is made of pink or white marshmallow covered in a thin layer of milk chocolate.

12 Tomato Sauce

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A true Icon of New Zealand, made by Wattie’s, nothing says Kiwi Summer like Wattie’s Tomato Sauce. The sauce of choice at sausage sizzles, BBQ’s or with your fish and chips at the beach.

11 Peanut Slab

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One of our favourite treats is the Whittakers peanut slab, this chocolate treat can be seen all throughout New Zealand. The slab is a chocolate and nut confection manufactured in Porirua that comes in various varieties.

10 Four Square

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Operating over 280 stores across the country, the brand was developed in the 1920s by John Heaton Barker. The 4 Square image is often associated with the artist Dick Frizzell, who features the image on many pieces of work.

9 Hokey Pokey

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One of the all-time classics is Hokey Pokey ice cream, this is a traditional desert, often served alongside the Pav. This classic favourite is Vanilla flavoured Ice-Cream with small pieces of crunchy toffee.

8 Gumboots

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The other traditional footwear of Kiwi’s is the classic gumboot. It doesn’t matter if you are going to a wedding, international sporting event or to the cinema, gumboots are as part of the NZ culture as the sheep. Traditionally they come in black, but gumboots come in a range of colours to suit any style.

7 Kiwifruit

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Often mistaken for an actual Kiwi bird by those who aren’t in the know, the Kiwifruit is actually named after the flightless bird, not the other way around. Kiwifruit were first introduced in the New Zealand by early settlers, and have become synonymous with New Zealand, and are a major export earner.

6 Jandals

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If you grew up in NZ, you will recognise these as your favourite footwear. Worn to the big game or on a night out, Jandals are the footwear chosen by the nation. The jandal (or known to Aussies as ‘thongs’) is undoubtable an important part of any Kiwi wardrobe.

5 L&P (Lemon & Paeroa)

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New Zealand’s iconic soft drink, if you ask any kiwi what soft drink they miss, this will always be #1. L&P was originally made using spring water from the town of Paeroa, making the name of this drink fairly obvious. If you’re ever passing through, try and see if you can find the original bottle.

4 Buzzy Bee

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This is a popular Children’s Toy, it has been a part of New Zealand childhood since the early 1940’s. This wooden toy comes with wings that rotate and make a clicking noise as it’s pulled from a string.

3 Pavlova (or Pav)

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Originally crafted in New Zealand (and later claimed by Australia) this dessert is a favourite amongst true blue Kiwi’s. It was named after the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova, any authentic New Zealander will tell you the ‘Pav’ is a Kiwi invention.

2 Silver Fern

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It is undeniable that New Zealanders are identified by the silver fern. Worn by many sporting teams, most famously; the All Blacks, and first worn in 1888. The silver fern is simple yet elegant and is proudly flown at all major sporting events that New Zealand attends. The silver fern was inspired by indigenous ferns of New Zealand.

1 Kiwi bird

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As contrary to what many outsiders think, this is where New Zealanders get the name “Kiwi”. This majestic flightless, nocturnal bird is an icon of New Zealand. These little birds are very shy and only come out at night, which probably explains our drinking culture.

Well there you have it, is the top 13 kiwi icons. We may have missed your favorite icon from the list, please tell us below what you think is your favorite Kiwi Icon.

Banned: Plastic Bags in New Zealand

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New Zealand has one of the highest rates of urban waste with 750 million plastic bags used each year – that’s roughly 154 per person. Whilst supermarkets are only responsible for approximately half of these bags, the government recognized that changes are needed. ”We’re phasing out single-use plastic bags so we can better look after our environment and safeguard New Zealand’s clean, green reputation.” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said.

The reaction from customers following the ban has been somewhat critical with many believing supermarkets are more conscious of their profits rather than the environment.

New Zealand has now joined a club of more than 40 countries that have already banned plastic bags. Here’s hoping that the supermarkets now begin to concentrate on reducing their single-use packaging. Do we really need a bunch of bananas wrapped in plastic?! If you would like other ideas on how to implement recycling at home please visit http://www.recycle.co.nz/index.php

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Wellington ranked the best place to live in the world after study of 47 cities by Deutsche Bank

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Hey Auckland move aside – there is a new leader among us, even some of those cities across the Tasman can’t compete with Wellington.

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Our very own capital has been ranked the best place to live in the world.

Wellington is known as the culinary capital of New Zealand, and it’s tucked-away bars, quirky cafes, award-winning restaurants and great coffee.

It does not stop there, Wellington has also been ranked the #1 windiest city in the world!

The title comes following a Deutsche Bank global study of 47 cities, looking at everything from the cost of living, pollution, climate and house prices.

Wellington Ambassador and Wellington City Councillor Simon Woolf is pleased that Wellington has been ranked on top of the world.

“One of the things that tickles me is that Auckland did not feature, and in the top two there are no Australian cities either.”

Acting Mayor Paul Eagle also said “Wellingtonians know we live in the best spot on earth, and now the rest of the world is hearing about it as well.”

Big cities like London and New York were in the bottom half of the table of 47 countries. Jim Reid the lead researcher noted that options for socialising and having fun were not a factor included in the calculations, which is why many people put up with the hassle of living in a big city.

“Megacities often offer aspirational qualities that the average citizen may strive towards and in return accept some quality of life impairment,” they added.

The top 5 cities

5. Zurich, Switzerland

Top of the purchasing power index, and second in both safety and pollution indexes.

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4. Melbourne, Australia

The third highest purchasing power of any city on the list, as well as top ten scores in healthcare, property price to income ratio, and climate.

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5. Vienna, Austria

Best healthcare of any city on the list, as well as being the sixth safest.

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2. Edinburgh, UK

The best traffic commute time of any city, the second best health care ranking, and the third best pollution score it is easy to see why it ranks so high overall.

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1. Wellington, New Zealand

Officially the city with the world’s highest quality of life, according to Deutsche Bank, New Zealand’s capital has the least pollution of any city ranked, and finished in the top ten in four other categories.

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What to do in New Plymouth

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Looking for the perfect showcase of New Zealand’s stunning greenery and untouched landscapes, rugged beaches with quality surf breaks and some beautiful art and historical attractions? Look no further than the New Plymouth of the Taranaki region – only a 5-hour drive from the Capital of NZ, Wellington.

With the town’s annual Festival of Lights about to kick off this week, transforming Pukekura Park into a stunning wonderland of light for seven weeks, now the perfect time to visit! With 10 new installations to check out (there is 16 in total), there is also many other day and night activities for the whole family. Here is our top tips of where to visit, stay and eat when in New Plymouth!

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  • Mt Taranaki – without a doubt the highlight of the region. You can marvel at this beauty from town in its full glory with no other mountains or distractions in your way. Take a moment (or more!) to enjoy the breathtaking backdrop of the town, particularly on a blue-sky day. While there is no way to avoid the mountain from afar, a visit to Egmont National Park is also a must to admire from close range. There is plenty of walks and hikes (or tramping as known to locals) to tackle in the Egmont NP. The most noteworthy being the 19km ‘Pouakai Crossing’, which winds around the lower slopes of the mountain and provides beautiful reflective views in mountain lakes – perfect pics for the ‘gram’.

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  • Art and Galleries – New Plymouth is quite the unassuming art precinct with its variety of art galleries, but also endless amounts of street art. Look out for large murals on buildings and entire walls, and sculptures scattered across town.
    Make sure you visit the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/ Len Lye Centre, you can’t miss it with its curved mirror-like architecture entrance. Exhibitions change several times a year and incorporates kinetic contemporary art and Lyn Lee pieces – she’s a New Zealand artist legend. The gallery is also free (bonus!) but make sure you check the schedule as it does close throughout the year due to changing of exhibitions.

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  • Puke Ariki is also another free museum and is the perfect place to learn about the Maori culture, history of the region, wildlife and the volcanic activity underneath Mt Taranaki
  • Pukekura Park, situated right in the heart of New Plymouth, is a stunning 52ha haven of native bush, lakes and venues. Regarded as one of New Zealand’s most beautiful botanical gardens there is walking trails, waterfalls, playgrounds, sporting areas and much more to keep you busy. Look out for the 2000-year-old tree and free Brooklands zoo.

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  • New Plymouth Coastal walkway spans 12kms from Paritutu Rock to Te Rewa Rewa bridge and is a must do! This well-maintained concrete path is wheelchair and scooter friendly so can be enjoyed by all – other popular choices can be to walk, run, bike, skateboard, rollerblade, whatever you fancy! There is plenty of sights for you take in – aside from the Te Rewa Rewa bridge you can also spot many sculptures including Len Lye’s ‘Wind Wand’, stop at Fitzroy beach (perfect for surfing or surf-watching) and just enjoy the stunning coastal views; all while getting in some exercise – perfect!

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For more information about the Festival of Lights please visit https://www.festivaloflights.nz/

Bunnings makes onions go under the sausage

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Bunnings has introduced a controversial new rule that will affect the future of our iconic weekend sausage sizzles – onion must now go under the sausage.

New guidelines which have already been applied in Australia and are set to be introduced in New Zealand, are helping tackle the dangers posed by those small pieces of fried onion. In case you thought your local volunteer simply slaps a sausage in a buttered piece of bread and offers you a choice of condiments think again – it turns out there is now an approved science to constructing a safe sausage.

An Australian radio station was alerted to the rumour last week and after some investigating it was confirmed by Bunnings that yes, onions are now to go under not under.

“Safety is always our number one priority and we recently introduced a suggestion that onion be placed underneath sausages to help prevent the onion from falling out and creating a slipping hazard,” Bunnings chief operating officer Debbie Poole said.

This recommendation is provided to the community groups within their fundraising sausage sizzle welcome pack and is on display within the gazebos when barbecues are underway,” Ms Poole said.

Bunnings doesn’t believe the change will have much of an impact though.

“Regardless of how you like your onion and snag, we are confident this new serving suggestion will not impact the delicious taste or great feeling you get when supporting your local community group,” Ms Poole said.

Just to clarify, this is is the new norm….

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New Zealand Slang: The 22 Most Insulting NZ Slang Words

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Caution, strong language: We have done it before, showing you the top Kiwi slang words. For such a lovely nation, we have a dirty little secret… We have some highly offensive words!

This list is the top kiwi swear words or insults. If you want to upset someone, you have found the right place.

The list below is highly offensive – we almost didn’t post it, because this list is full of the Most Offensive Kiwi Slang Words. If you are looking for something nicer, pop over to the top kiwi slang words, but proceed with caution …

Don’t forget to share this list with your friends, or add a few that we missed in the comments below 😉 

  1. Bung: Bad or broken
  2. Butter: She’s got a hot body, but her face!
  3. Doongi: Dumbass
  4. Teko: Sh*t
  5. Slong: Pen*s
  6. Maori Job: Shit workmanship
  7. Hairy fern hole: Butt hole
  8. Haunga Teke: Smelly Vag*na
  9. Grenade: Ugly female
  10. Scodey: Something rotten, disgusting, unpleasant in any sort of expression
  11. F**k wit: Idiot
  12. Fob: Fresh off the boat/Polynesian
  13. Fafa: Cross dresser/feminine male
  14. Whakianga mai: F**k you/off
  15. Munter: Slow/ret***ed
  16. F**k off donkey: Go away idiot
  17. Homo: Homos***al
  18. Ure iti: Small d*ck
  19. Woodpecker: Female who enjoys sucking c**k
  20. Laho: C***t
  21. Gook: Asian
  22. Queer c**t: Useless

Like these? See 33 Kiwi Slang Words The Confuse The World

 

Air New Zealand launches its most ‘Kiwified’ safety video yet!

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Air New Zealand are famously known for their innovative safety videos, and their latest 90’s rap inspired version is certainly living up to its reputation.

Whilst the airline has been met with criticism previously for their confusing decisions to feature world famous actors and celebrities – who let’s face it are completely irrelevant to New Zealand – their new video released today has the most authentic Kiwi vibe yet.

Dubbed ‘It’s Kiwi Safety’ the 4-minute video features the catchy tune from Run DMC’s 1986 hit ‘Get tricky’, where the lyrics have been ‘Kiwified’ It’s Kiwi to rock around, to rock around that safe old block. It’s Kiwi, Kiwi, Kiwi, Kiwi, Kiwi!”
Watch it once and the tune will be in your head for hours.

Offering the best representation of contemporary Kiwi culture in an Air New Zealand safety video yet it was filmed in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, Balclutha, Hokitika and Naseby in Central Otago.

The cast of 600+ is headlined by actor Julian Dennison, musicians Kings, Theia and Randa; plus local talent from 30 community groups across the country and Rewa All Stars from Manurewa High School.

Check out the video here

Group of Kiwi’s steal Australian Island

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Never ones to pass up the chance to add some fuel to the Australia/ New Zealand rivalry, six opportunistic Kiwi’s have taken it upon themselves to claim a small Aussie island as their own. Now officially titled ‘New New Zealand Island’ – or NNZI for short – the island is located in the middle of Victoria’s Golburn River and also boasts its own Facebook page and Website.

The ‘bored’ expats decided to spice up a birthday party by wading through murky water to reach the island, proudly donning it with the kiwi flag and calling it their own since it is not recognized by either Google Maps or Trip Adviser.

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Image: Facebook

“New Zealand has an army of smaller islands but this will be the first offshore island of its kind. An island of New Zealand completely surrounded by another country; Australia,” Jeremy Shanks, one of the six pioneers declared

“Australians, we are not here for war. We are just seeking recognition of our newly-found land.”

Public reaction has been varied Mr Shanks said – the positive support is more due to oblivious locals not realising it isn’t an Australian flag than Kiwi patronage.

The founders say the emotions evoked by the island range from “the smell of fresh laundry” to “a Netflix login that your friend lets you use” to “free garlic bread with your pizza”. With plans to add to the ambience with a chilly bin and a potentially some deck chairs the group are calling for some comments from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern about whether offshore visitors will need to apply for a visa to get on the island.

At time of print they are yet to receive a response.

See their website here

Giant squid washes up on New Zealand beach

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A 4.5M long cephalopod washed up on the south coast of The Capital, Wellington, New Zealand, easily eclipsing the mere mortals that dare to lie beside it.

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Daniel Aplin / Facebook

giant squid beach nz
Daniel Aplin / Facebook

Daniel and his two brothers, Jack, and Matthew Aplin told Newstalk ZB that they were diving when they saw the creature.

“My brother said ‘what’s that over there?’ and pointed it out,” Daniel told the radio station. “It was right next to the track so we pulled over and we were like: ‘It’s a big squid’.”

He said that “After we went for a dive we went back to the squid and got a tape measure out, and it measured 4.2 meters long.”

A spokesperson from the Department of Conservation said while appearances are not common, they do appear from time to time.

Video of a naked man in New Zealand taking a shower in a car wash goes viral

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Watch this hilarious video of naked man having a shower inside of a drive-through car wash that has gone viral

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  • Filmed in Rotorua New Zealand, he can be heard yelling as the machine washes both his car and himself.
  • The cheeky footage was captured by a local, whose husband spotted the man as they drove by.

In the video, the man in the car wash can be heard yelping as he is scrubbed by the rotating brushes.
Ms Harris and her husband drove past the car wash, Ms Harris asked: ‘What are you up to bro, you’re on crack?’

Others who posted on facebook have said:

  • “Haha rotorua allgoodz hahaha could be the guy failed a bet too”
  • “I hope that dude is there on Friday when we go HAHAAHAHHA”
  • “Thats why it smells down there”

Many people have wondered if the stunt was a dare, many people discussed on the video to try and work out his thought process, and according to comments from those involved, it was a dare.

 

What do you think? Would you do something like this for a dare?

New Zealand bans foreigners from buying homes

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New Zealand’s new law will ban foreigners from buying most types of homes, is due to pass through parliament next week.

china buyers nz

In an effort to drive down property prices and allow citizens to purchase their own homes, the Government is banning international buyers from purchasing existing dwellings and will build an additional 100,000 affordable properties within a decade.

New Zealand has become a country where in Auckland, international buyers made up 18.7 percent of purchases.
New Zealand is a haven after a spending splurge by millionaires seeking doomsday bolt-holes, has pushed up property prices and shafted local buyers.

Purchases by tycoons such as tech billionaire Peter Thiel, the PayPal founder, and Matt Lauer, the former NBC host, have led the New Zealand government to crack down on the trend.

The new law will still allow foreigners to buy new apartments in large developments and multi-story blocks. Existing homes remain off limits to non-residents, Australia and Singapore will be exempt from the ban.

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