- Be sure to watch some rugby union, the national sport, while you are in New Zealand. The professional Super Rugby competition takes place from February until the beginning of July. The ITM Cup is played from the middle of August through the end of October. You can watch the All Blacks play during the Summer Internationals (June) or during the Rugby Championship (middle of August through beginning of October).
- Hunting is quite popular in New Zealand (pig, stag, duck). Cross your fingers and hope you are lucky enough to encounter a Kiwi who would be willing to take you along on a hunt.
- There are no dangerous wild animals in NZ: no bears, mountain lions, poisonous snakes or spiders.
- Be sure to watch the film “Goodbye Pork Pie” - a NZ cult classic that will have you motivated to start hitchhiking!
- While you are traveling and fishing around New Zealand, it is likely that you will encounter a large number of foreigners like yourself. Be sure not to get too comfortable with your fellow countrymen, there are plenty of them back home! Instead try and meet locals who are often keen for a good laugh and a bit of banter.
The sunrise from outside Te Araroa on the East Cape