Holiday Advice Lists

Top 10 Historical Places I’ve Been in New Zealand

New Zealand may not have much history, but what it does have can be fascinating. Since moving to New Zealand, I’ve been to many different historical places, from museums to heritage sites. The following list features the places that have really stuck in my memory. That means they must be pretty special, right? Anyway, see what you think, and maybe you can visit some of them when you’re on holiday in New Zealand. 1) Nigel Read more…

By Abigail Simpson, ago
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10 Quite Nice Gardens to Visit in New Zealand

New Zealand certainly isn’t short of beautiful gardens. It has so many that a ‘top ten’ list would be quite impossible to write. Instead, here’s a list of ten gardens that I thought were really nice. Each one would make a lovely addition to any trip around New Zealand. 1) Hamilton Gardens Hamilton’s number one visitor attraction was named International Garden of the Year in 2014 – not bad for somewhere that used to be Read more…

By Abigail Simpson, ago
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Top 10 Things to Do in Taranaki

Looking for a relaxed holiday in the New Zealand of the good old days? You could spend a few days in Taranaki. Taranaki, or ‘the Naki’, is a beautifully green region of the North Island, jutting out into the wild Tasman Sea. It’s dominated by a stunning, snow-capped volcano and steeped in history. There are many interesting things to do in Taranaki – here’s a list of my top ten:   1) Visit Pukekura Park Read more…

By Abigail Simpson, ago
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Top 10 North Island Day Walks

New Zealand is a very outdoorsy nation. Bush walks are a big thing. The Department of Conservation maintains nine ‘Great Walks’ in different places around the country, but they all take a few days to do. I like walks I can do in less than a day. Happily, New Zealand has more of those than you can count. As I live in the North Island of New Zealand, I’m more familiar with the North Island’s Read more…

By Abigail Simpson, ago
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10 Places Hobbits Have Been

I’m a huge fan of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films. Living in New Zealand, I’ve visited a great many of the filming locations. Frankly, they’re worth seeing even if you’re not a Lord of the Rings fan – their sheer beauty is unsurpassed. People from all over globe flock to them, and they’ve certainly been the highlights of my various travels around New Zealand. Here’s a list of ten of them: Glenorchy My family visited Glenorchy on Read more…

By Abigail Simpson, ago
People, Life and Culture Lists

Top 10 Biggest Religions in New Zealand

New Zealand is one of the most secular countries in the world. Less than half of the population identify as Christian, according to the 2013 census. Almost as many people declare no religion at all, and even of those who say they are Christian, only about 15% actually go to church. If you include the people who didn’t answer (or actively objected to answering) the question of religion on the census, and the people like Read more…

By Abigail Simpson, ago
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Top 10 Most Brilliantly Insane New Zealanders

Chances are you’ve heard the words ‘crazy’ and ‘Kiwi’ in the same sentence. This is because New Zealanders are insane. No concern for personal safety, they throw themselves headlong into their obsessions, combining inherent ingenuity with mad optimism. Kiwis can conquer the world with a piece of number 8 wire, or so they enjoy telling themselves. Reading this list of crazy kiwis, however, you might well believe it. The following 10 New Zealanders all displayed Read more…

By Abigail Simpson, ago
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10 Silly Things Kiwis Say

Every country has its slang – its silly words and phrases that make absolutely no sense to outsiders – and New Zealand is no exception. Here’s a list of ten of the silly words and phrases that Kiwis say, of which I had to hastily make sense when we emigrated from England, and which you might find useful if you’re planning a holiday in New Zealand: Sweet as Kiwis have a disconcerting habit of not finishing similes. Read more…

By Abigail Simpson, ago
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10 Things You Should Know about Driving in New Zealand

If you’re planning on coming to New Zealand for a self-drive holiday, or you want to buy a campervan in New Zealand, this is a list you need to read. Here are ten things you should know about driving in New Zealand: New Zealand has a lot of unsealed roads. When you encounter an unsealed road, it is important that you drive slowly and remember not to break suddenly. Not only can the gravel cause Read more…

By Abigail Simpson, ago
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