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Discover one of the youngest countries in the world, Aotearoa (New Zealand). The amount of natural attractions and tourist activities in the country are overwhelming, especially for first time visitors and Kiwi’s who haven’t travelled much.
Travelling around New Zealand in March & April is a great idea. The weather is still warm, and most accommodation places offer off season or ‘shoulder’ rates.
New Zealand Climate
• Summer months: Dec/Jan/Feb (24-30 degrees C)
• Autumn months: Mar/April/May (15-24 degrees C)
• Winter months: June/July/August (8-15 degrees C)
• Spring months: Sept/Oct/Nov (15-21 degrees C)
As a general rule, the further North you go the warmer the weather. Auckland & Northland at the top of the North Island have sub-tropical Summer weather, and it does not snow further north of Lake Taupo. In winter, the Tongariro National Park can become bitterly cold and there are sometimes road closures due to snow. The east coast of the North Island usually has a mild climate year round.
In summer, the South Island can really heat up, and Alexandra (near Queenstown) commonly reaches temperatures in the late 20’s. Winter can bring snow all over the island, and Westland has a high rainfall.
Planning Your Holiday
It is definitely worth taking time to plan your travelling route before you start your holiday. Sit down and decide where you would like to go, what you would like to see and do and make up an itinerary for yourself. If you would like help with this, take a look at these free travel maps which has pre-planned itineraries to get you started.
New Zealand has a great selection of cuisine and dining options where you can experience fantastic NZ food and wine. New Zealand's Pacific rim cuisine takes influences from Polynesia, Europe and Asia which is reflected in the food. As New Zealand has thriving farming and fishing industries, diners are spoilt for choice for cuisine from both land and sea. The famous Kiwi beef and lamb is commonly featured on menus, as is fresh seafood and a variety of fresh and local produce.
World class restaurants can be found in New Zealand’s larger towns and cities, cafes and bistros are popular for casual alfresco dining, many vineyards in New Zealand operate cafes serving mouth watering dishes, and gastro pub cuisine can be found in many local bars.
New Zealand's international standard of cuisine attracts both Kiwis and tourists to the many dining establishments around the country, many child friendly, most with extensive wine lists featuring quality NZ wines, and all with a passion for quality New Zealand ingredients.
New Zealand Slang expressions (to get you started)
You may get a strange look if you use Kiwi slang in New Zealand, but it may be used inadvertently to in conversation. If you don't understand just ask and most New Zealanders will explain.
• Bro (pronounced more like "bru") - Short for brother but used by males to address other males.
• Bush - Forest. Usually meaning a native forest as opposed to a plantation forest.
• Choice! - Cool, great.
• Chur - Thanks or Choice. Sometimes used as Chur Chur, which can also mean Christchurch.
• Sweet as! - Cool, awesome, no problem. Often abbreviated to just 'sweet'.
• Mint - in tip top condition.
• Chicks - girls.
• Oi - hey. Can be meant as a warning or jokingly, derives from punk usage.
• Eh - sometimes used at the end of a sentence to phrase it as a question, similar to Canadian usage.
• Lindi - Lindauer Brut (popular New Zealand sparkling wine)
• Steiny - Steinlager (an award winning New Zealand lager)