When people think of New Zealand the first thing that springs to mind tends to be a certain film series about a quest to save the world (no prizes for guessing which). But there’s much more to the islands than a mere film franchise. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the most interesting things that New Zealand has to offer any expat who chooses to live there.
One of the best things about New Zealand is its unique culture. It was one of the last places in the world to be settled, with Maori settlers arriving in the late thirteenth century. New Zealand’s geographical isolation allowed the time for a unique Maori culture to develop, separate to other Polynesian cultures. Perhaps the most famous aspect of Maori culture is the Haka, a traditional group dance and accompanied by rhythmic shouting, made famous by the national rugby team.
Speaking of rugby, if there’s one thing Kiwis (a colloquial term for New Zealanders) love, it’s sport. Besides rugby, cricket, tennis and netball, soccer is also growing in popularity with young people.
As we’ve mentioned in a previous post on café culture, New Zealand has a surprisingly robust coffee scene. The country even invented its own drink which is fast taking over the world; the flat white. It’s just like a latté but a bit smaller and stronger. Not to mention creamier.
It’s fair to say that New Zealand has a lot of unique flora and fauna that aren’t found anywhere else in the world and you can really see why the country was chosen to represent a vast magical world!