3 Surprising Things About New Zealand

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I heart coffee too!  - photo courtesy of TravelDesigned


New Zealand has always been a favourite destination among travelers and usually finds its place in “top 10” lists but no matter how mainstream NZ is; some things still surprised me about the land of Kiwis:


The Coffee Culture

To say that Kiwis like coffee would be nothing short of an understatement. You can find coffee shops, cafés and quality coffee products everywhere you look. The general laid-back and relaxed atmosphere found in cities like Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch is highlighted by that ever growing coffee culture, easily competing with Europe’s most famous coffee powerhouses.

The laid-back attitude

Generally speaking, New Zealanders are known to be some of the nicest and friendliest people in the World but what impressed me was how the biggest urban centers such as country’s capital Wellington still managed to feel relaxed and carefree. Even with all the perks of a major city, Wellington comes off as a truly welcoming locale, giving off a friendly, somewhat innocent vibe that is often lost in bigger cities.

Food. So much food.

Prior to my short visit to NZ, the extent of my knowledge regarding food was; New Zealand is known for its lamb. While that may be true, New Zealand’s culinary culture offers an impressive range of flavours that are as varied as the country’s diversified population. The small country’s Māori culture, mixed with European and Asian-based trends, definitely makes New Zealand a must-see for all the foodies out there.


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2 Responses to “3 Surprising Things About New Zealand”

  1. March 27, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    I agree, these are three things that come as no surprise once you have visited! You can't escape the cafes or the laid back attitude, and the food variety leaves you with plenty of options. You don't always, however, hear about all of this before you arrive, so it's nice for those planning a visit to know what to expect 🙂

  2. March 23, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    Three not so surprising things if you have visited, but definitely the coffee comes as a welcome surprise when you first arrive. Love their attitude, there genuinely friendly and laid back approach is sometimes almost disconcerting. Great destination, awesome people. thanks for sharing 🙂

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