What’s better than doing the whole tourist thing? Travelling like you know the place. Here’s our pick of the top quirky destinations and travel hacks to have you exploring New Zealand like you’ve been there a thousand times — even if it’s your first time.
There are the usual suspects when it comes to travel destinations (anywhere you can ski or snowboard or bungee jump or skydive), and then there are these quirky spots you really should be adding to your itinerary.
roll Jaffas down it for fun
To get the true local experience, either sit on the footpath and cheer people on the way up, or jump on a drift bike and make yourself a viral YouTube video.
Lord of the RingsThe Hobbit
The tourist way is to catch the shuttle bus, but to see it like a local grab your GPS and go for a road trip.
3. Castle Hill
isn’t as violent as it sounds
Do as the locals do, and climb the rocks. There’s plenty of livestock keep you company, since the whole place is on a sheep station.
5. Devil’s Bath
Do as the locals do and don’t swim in it. It smells pretty bad.
You know where to go, now here’s how to not stand out as a wide eyed tourist.
1. Know Your Rugby Players
Follow these steps, and you’ll be able to bluff your way through any footy conversations.
1. Learn these names: Dan Carter, Richie McCaw, Sonny Bill.
2. Drop them into conversation.
3. Relax with a pint of Speights.
2. Track Down Free WiFi
The best places to get online and share your top pics from your trip? McDonalds, and public libraries.
3. Hide Your Glee At The Exchange Rate
You’ll get a pretty sweet deal for your Aussie dollars across the pond these days. Don’t rub it in.
4. Learn The Lingo
Those aren’t your thongs, they are your jandals. You’re grabbing a beer from the chilly bin, not an esky. And this whole country is pretty mint. Got it? Sweet as.
5. Travel With A Toilet
Seriously. If you’re road tripping around New Zealand in a campervan with a toilet on board, you can park for free on most public land. They call it “Freedom Camping”, and it’s a great idea to avoid those super-touristy toilet stops every few hours.