In many ways, New Zealand felt very similar to our home in the U.S. This familiarity made the little differences stand out that much more. The little quirks about New Zealand made us fall even harder for their country. Here’s a quick post to share some of the things we found pretty entertaining about New Zealand!
The Size of the Cities/Towns
Looking at a map, we expected to drive through some fairly large cities, like Rotorua. Every “major” city was super small. Even the larger cities like Wellington and Queenstown were much smaller than we expected. We loved the smallness of the cities and also wondered why so few people live in this gorgeous country! (On second thought, we hope it stays this way and doesn’t get too crowded) This leads me to the next item…
The Tiny Population
New Zealand has a very small population – under 4.5 million people. There are about 7 sheep per every citizen, which won’t surprise you if you’ve ever driven through the country!
The Barefoot Phenomenon
Being barefoot is totally acceptable here, whether you’re in a grocery store or a rocky path off the highway (yep, we saw both of those examples and many more).
The Campervan Craze
Camper vans are literally everywhere you look. They’ve become the main means of transportation for tourists.
Random Signs On the Highways
Especially animal crossing signs
Picnic Stops Along the Highways
These are so adorable, and very convenient!
How the Locals Call Themselves Kiwis
Are they the only people who refer to themselves as the national bird? Not a rhetorical question…
Their Definition of an “Easy” Walk
We realized soon after arriving that we shouldn’t ask for a “challenging hike.” If the New Zealander says the hike is particularly hard or difficult, run.
Just when we thought New Zealand couldn’t get any more friendly, we met the ducks of the South Island. They were everywhere, and they were pushy.
Separate Loaves of Bread for Sandwiches and Toast
Toast = thicker slices. Genius!
More than once, when we felt a light rain sprinkling down on us, we looked up and couldn’t see where it was coming from. Magic? I think so.
Sinks with Separate Faucets
So many of their sinks have separate spouts for hot and cold water, so you have the convenient option of scalding your left hand while numbing your right. (Why does this make any sense?)
What were some quirks you liked, or have heard, about New Zealand?