New Zealand is a one-of-a-kind holiday.
With stunning scenery, a range of adrenaline-fuelled activities and a whole promise of adventure, there’s not a lot of places in the world that can top this beautiful country.
After all, it was the location that Peter Jackson famously used to transform into Middle Earth for the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. And whether you’re a fan of the films or not, you won’t be able to deny there’s a certain magic about the place.
If you’re a big fan, visiting the Hobbiton film set should be at the top of your to-do list.
You may think you know what to expect from the trip, but trust us, you don’t.
In fact, here are five things you may be surprised to learn about your trip to New Zealand.
The Internet is not as good in New Zealand
If you’re hoping that this holiday will be a perfect distraction and trip away from your normal life, then we’ve got some good news for you. New Zealand is the perfect place to truly unplug and relax during your time away.
That’s because the internet just isn’t great in New Zealand. It’s bad news for all technology lovers but will work out in your favour for your stay.
It’ll really un-glue you from your phone or devices. But why would you need the internet with all that the country has to offer around you?
The locals are friendly
Local New Zealanders are friendly. And we mean really friendly.
So, don’t be alarmed during your visit that a local will approach you and ask you all about your stay, what you’ve done and what you are planning on doing next.
We’d encourage you to embrace this and really get to know the people on the island. It’s also one of the best ways to truly find the best spots in the area, as well as all the must-see destinations you need to visit during your time there.
If you didn’t know, the locals are also called Kiwis. But don’t get confused by the fruit; they’re actually named after a flightless bird that New Zealand is renowned for.
It may be a little chillier than you expect
New Zealand’s climate is pretty mild.
In fact, the islands see plenty of rainfall and it is unlikely that you’ll experience any temperatures over 30°C. It’s this climate that keeps the land as luscious, green and beautiful as it can be after all.
Don’t get too worried though. If you go during their summer season, which runs from December-February, you’ll see enough blue skies and warm weather to make the best use of the beaches and sand the island has to offer.
Just don’t forget to pack a jumper!
If you’re looking for something fun to do in the colder weather, why not get a pair of skis and enjoy one of the many slopes the islands have to offer?
Food might be more expensive than you think
New Zealand is known for its agriculture, especially its sheep. We’re pretty sure that you’ll see a good handful of them in the land during your time there.
But apart from their agriculture, a lot of the food and drink in the country is actually imported in. Which means that you might see a bigger price tag than you’re used to – and should up your budget accordingly.
According to The Secret Traveller at 1Cover, the one dish you definitely need to splash out on while you’re there is Bluff oysters. They’re only available for a few months of the year, but are a must-have if you time your trip right.
Looking for more food inspiration while you’re there? Don’t forget to try these 15 dishes before you leave!
You’ll love it way more than you think
You’re going to fall in love with New Zealand during your trip there. And we mean, really fall in love with the place.
Pictures and stories about the country will never do it justice. The landscapes will take your breath away and the activities will give you a taste of adventure and a lifestyle that you’ll want to carry on living. Most importantly, you’ll feel at home here.