New Zealand travel tips

Maori culture, New Zealand

Here is some New Zealand travel tips and advice to help you fit in with the Kiwis:

The Kiwis are crazy about rugby so make sure you check out a game and soak up the lively atmosphere.  Rugby is a big part of the culture in New Zealand!

Maori cultural sites
If your visit includes a stop at a marae (Maori meeting house) you’ll need to get permission to enter. It's customary to greet your hosts with a hongi – a traditional Maori welcome - by touch of the noses. Visitors to marae are often welcomed with a powhiri (formal welcome) and a wero (challenge) and it’s important to be quiet and respectful while this happens. Make sure you ask permission before taking photos.

Kiwis are known for their laid back and easy going natures, something that carries through into their clothing - informal and relaxed on most occasions. Smart casual clothes are acceptable at most restaurants, bars and nightclubs.In summer it’s a good idea to include a jacket or sweater in your luggage in case the weather cools, or if you’re visiting higher altitudes. It also rains from time to time so a light rainproof jacket or coat can be handy.  If your visit is between May and September, warm winter clothes are ideal and you’ll want to layer your clothing.

New Zealanders and Australians
Don’t confuse New Zealanders with Australians! A bit of friendly rivalry exists between the two cultures, which becomes apparent during sporting matches.

The sun is much stronger in New Zealand than it is in Europe or North America, so make sure you stick on a hat and sun block if you’re planning to be out in the sun for more than 15-20 minutes.

*The Small Print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.

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