New Zealand is a country located on two large and many small islands in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. Even in the XI-XIV centuries, these places were inhabited by immigrants from Polynesia, but since the XVIII century, the British began to master the development. The main feature of the country is its geographical remoteness. The nearest big neighbor, Australia, is about 1,700 kilometers away. A little less to small island states.
Despite the status of the British dominion, New Zealand actively participated in world events. The army of the island state fought in both the First and Second World War. In 1986, the legislative consolidation of the country’s independent status was finally achieved.
Today New Zealand is a developed democratic country, actively participating in international relations. But its remoteness from us was the reason for the appearance of numerous myths.
Some of them are born thanks to tourists, and others are distributed by the local people themselves. As a result, New Zealand appears completely different from what it really is. Well, let’s try to establish the truth and debunk the most popular myths.
Cities in New Zealand, as in Russia.
There are only a few cities with high-quality infrastructure and high-rise buildings. In fact, it’s only Oakland, Wellington and Christchurch. The rest of the towns have a population of less than 170 thousand, and there are only one. We are used to urbanized cities, with a lot of paneled apartment buildings, with traffic jams and smog. In New Zealand, cities look much simpler. There is not such an insane rhythm of life as in the world capitals. Is that only Oakland has such a touch and sets a good pace for an active person. But this also does not compare with Moscow’s madness. Many Russians are sad, finding in New Zealand a small number of nightclubs and a sluggish glamorous life.
In New Zealand it’s always hot.
The trip planned here is believed to be at least warm in winter in New Zealand. On the one hand, in the summer in January (January) the temperature rises to 35 degrees, and in July it rises even to 23. But it should be taken into account that in the same Auckland there is no central heating. They do not put plastic windows here. In the morning, until the sun has risen, the streets can be 8-10 degrees, and in the home is only a couple of degrees higher. In the evening, at home, regardless of the season, you can walk only in warm clothes. And the nights here are very cold all year round. In the southern settlements in the morning there are frosts and hoarfrost, there may even be snow.
In New Zealand you can swim and sunbathe year-round.
There is not much shark and jellyfish here, as on the shores of Australia. But there is another misfortune – powerful currents, especially they are strong in the west of the country. That’s why most sandy beaches are simply forbidden to swim. Water in the ocean in February can warm up to 20-25 degrees, but on the South Island you will have to swim with a wetsuit. It is dangerous here and sunbathing. It turns out that the sun over New Zealand is special. It is here that the ozone hole is located. In public places, even put plastic boxes with free sunscreen. And doctors generally do not recommend being more than five minutes in the open sun. The harmful effects of ultraviolet light make local people look much older than they are. So for the safety of the beaches and sunburn is better to forget.
New Zealand is filled with dairy products.
In any supermarket in the world, you can find Anchor oil from the manufacturer Fonterra. It seems that in New Zealand itself there are many farms, there simply can not be problems with milk. In fact, on the shelves of local stores only 3-4 types of cheese. And the fault in this is English cuisine, in which there are few dairy products. There are no yogurt, ryazhenok, melted cheese and a variety of cheeses. If such products can be found, they are very expensive. And they brought them from the other side of the planet – from France or Denmark.
There are few beautiful women in New Zealand.
This statement is generally true. Beautiful girls here are much smaller than in Russia. The equality of the sexes led to the fact that women are spoiled and do not follow their weight, and dress sloppy. In addition, the dangerous sun quickly dries the skin, which also does not paint. Local beauty contests are a sad sight. That’s why New Zealanders prefer foreign women.
New Zealand is the same Australia.
Two states are on the map, it seems that they have much in common. In fact, the distance between them is almost two thousand kilometers. This is comparable to the distance between Moscow and Omsk. But this city is in Siberia, next to Novosibirsk. The road to Australia is long and difficult. So do not assume that New Zealanders are constantly going there for the weekends.
New Zealand is a beautiful country.
This myth appeared, thanks to the movie trilogy of Peter Jackson “The Lord of the Rings”. It was in New Zealand that the stunning natural landscapes were shot. But it should be borne in mind that most of these beauties are present on the South Island. There are only farmers living there, and the tourist service is not developed. But the North Island can only boast of its peeling hills, and the sheep grazing there. It’s not so beautiful here. So, choosing the most beautiful species, you will have to live in the village. In the city of the majestic plains, forests and mountains can not be seen.
In New Zealand, they love football.
The local rugby team is one of the strongest in the world, winning two of the seven world championships held. But the success of the national football team can not speak. Moreover, much more popular than the main English game is cricket, netball and tennis. And rugby stars in New Zealand are national heroes. They are shot in advertising, their names are called trucks, even planes are painted in team colors.
In New Zealand there are sheep everywhere.
Once upon a time in the country for each person accounted for twenty sheep, now this number fell sharply to seven. And the Falklands are leading in this indicator. So in Australia sheep breeding is really developed, but everything is within reasonable limits. And these animals do not appear on the main city highways.
New Zealand is a small country.
Regarding Australia, the country on the map looks small, and the population is not much. But in New Zealand itself, there is where to travel by car. Some people lived here a year, but they did not see everything they wanted. The study of the country, with an area of two in England, is not a quick thing.
Only farmers live in New Zealand.
There are many farms in the country, but not all are interested in agriculture. T-shirt and shorts are traditional clothes for the majority, regardless of profession. And it’s hard to consider as farmers one million residents of Auckland.
In New Zealand a lot of drinking.
They say that New Zealanders drink like a fish. Local residents are portrayed as farmers who only do that they watch rugby and drink beer. But this is unfair. There are days when people really rest and drink spirits. But these traditions are no different from those in other countries.
The capital of New Zealand is Auckland.
When it comes to the cities of this state, Oakland most often sounds. The news says about it, there are the most people living there, from there the main flights depart. But the capital of New Zealand since 1865 is Wellington, nothing foretells a change in this status.
In New Zealand, everyone can speak the language of Maori.
It seems that New Zealanders constantly communicate with the aborigines and know their language. Meanwhile, it is very difficult. In primary and secondary schools, in the lessons of culture, children are introduced to the traditions of the indigenous inhabitants of the islands, including their language. But in such a short period of time you can only remember some words. And in a few years they will be erased from memory, not being constantly used.
There are no stray animals in New Zealand.
It’s really true – all the stray animals were put to sleep by the authorities. Dogs can hold several more days in the shelter, but in general they are quickly caught.
You can walk freely in the parks of the country.
There is no free and no-man’s land, so you can not find nooks and corners where a person’s foot would not step. And in beautiful places, where, perhaps, live hobbits, there are many who want to walk. The most popular hiking trails have to be recorded in advance. And at the entrance to the public parks of the same Auckland there are special containers with a liquid for cleaning shoes from bacteria. This will be recalled and special inscriptions.
There are very annoying mosquitoes.
In New Zealand there are practically no mosquitoes. Probably, they were eaten by numerous birds. In Silford Sound and on the South Island there is only a nasty moshkar. But fishermen can be sure that during their favorite occupation nobody bites them.
In New Zealand, everyone is lazy.
It is decided not to hurry and take your time. But this is not due to laziness. Just locals are used to planning everything in advance. There is a plan, which must be adhered to without a fever. The result is a stable political system in the country. But the one who starts to fuss, earns the reputation of a stranger who does not understand the local realities. However, it is difficult for clients to understand local customs and the answer to e-mails in a week frankly surprises.
The country has poor Internet and mobile communications.
Accustomed to the European or American service are surprised, faced with local realities. High mountains worsen communication, and long distances between a few settlements are relaxing telecommunications companies.
In New Zealand, drugs are legalized.
At one time, the authorities tried to regulate the market of synthetic drugs, but this undertaking turned into a failure. Since 2014, all such funds have been banned. For their production, there is a fine and a prison. But to marijuana a much more loyal attitude. Her smoking power is ignored. Once a year in the center of Auckland, even people gather and publicly smoke marijuana. So they are fighting for the legalization of this remedy. In many houses it is considered normal to store hemp at home, it does not surprise anyone.
New Zealand does not drink tea.
Tea in the country is drunk, but this drink is not so popular as coffee. In Auckland, a lot of small establishments, where they will offer a hot cup of a sticky drink.
In New Zealand there are no street names and house numbers.
For orientation in cities, you can not do without a GPS-navigator. The street name can be read at the crossroads. But with the numbers of houses is not so simple. Here they are not in the form of mandatory plates. Local authorities gave the right to numbering the residents themselves. The same show their creativity or just carelessness in this matter.
The official language in the country is English.
In addition, the official language is also Maori, and also, surprisingly, sign language! I must say that the local New Zealand English language absorbed many words from Maori. The main words – water, air, belly became universal.
New Zealand is a religious country.
The state is among the most atheistic, like Cuba and the Netherlands. When showing a movie with church dogmas, the hall may well laugh.
In New Zealand, all people are seasoned.
Attention is drawn to the fact that kiwi (as the locals call themselves) wear shorts, a T-shirt and slippers in any weather. Such a costume can be called national. If the street is 5 degrees warm, and the passer-by is half-naked, then this is clearly a local resident. Until recently, “real” New Zealanders felt compelled to walk barefoot in the streets. And it does not matter at the same time whether they go to work, on a date or for a walk.
New Zealand has a low crime rate.
It is often heard that there is practically no crime in the country.People here leave cars with the windows down and keys in the ignition locks, do not close the doors. Curtains or blinds are considered a mauveton. In the ratings, New Zealand really is among the ten most secure in the world. But local news is sounding an alarm, talking about looting. Organized crime in the country there, but there are always alcoholic disassembly, youth clashes. The police here are traditionally unhurried, they will not rush on the call. For tourists, everything looks beautiful, but at night people prefer not to leave their homes. Sociologists are sounding the alarm – child criminality is also growing rapidly.
In New Zealand, many treasures are hidden. Who does not dream of finding a pirate treasure? The New Zealand area is considered rich in the burial of treasures. A lot of tourists go there specially. They, armed for peaceful purposes by mine detectors, search the coast. In the XIX century, here, especially on remote islands, there were many shipwrecks. The ships were drowned in dangerous places, so the treasure seekers and their finds often suffered the same fate. For example, on remote Auckland Islands there was a minimum of 11 shipwrecks. At least one ship carried a load in the form of gold, and at least one seeker also possessed the treasures found. To search for gold in certain places here is quite legal. That’s just worth bearing in mind that the local Maori, discovering the treasure found, immediately try to select them under the pretext of the rights of the natives. And the discovery of sacred objects of the natives can turn into a big scandal.
In New Zealand it’s easy to find a job.
The domestic market of the country is rather small, which does not give an opportunity to earn money here. Qualified employees are eager to move to Australia or even far away. Their place is occupied by immigrants, many of whom repeat the path of their predecessors. Workers from third world countries who came to New Zealand are ready for any job. In this regard, the Indians have an advantage, because they have known English since childhood. But to get a job in a highly professional work, where a license is required, is quite difficult.
In New Zealand, it is beneficial to look for a husband.
Russians who seek husbands with the help of the Internet and correspondence, attract muscular handsome kiwi. But among them there are many lovers of darness. Here, men do not need to invite a lady to her, take a walk with her until the end of the visa and say goodbye. And if for a woman this ending of relations becomes a shock, then kiwi will not feel shame. It is necessary to take into account the peculiarity of the local man’s mentality. He is unassuming and his aesthetic and sexual senses are dulled. There can be no talk of romance, and sex and beauty do not play a role in his life. It’s good that Russian women are considered smarter than others, it is appreciated. In a country where millionaires walk barefoot, women’s beauty and representational values are of no interest to anyone. In New Zealand, husband and wife often have separate finances, money matters are negotiated separately from the romantic side. Sexual freedom in the country led to the fact that there is no excitement around sex. A man does not catch on the hook of intimate relationships, he does not need much. There are many other interesting activities besides women.
There is no kangaroo in New Zealand.
These marsupials can also be found in the southern regions of New Zealand.
New Zealand does not collect mushrooms.
Traditional Russian entertainment in New Zealand is not popular. In Maori and Anglo-Saxon cultures, it is not customary to eat rice. If fungi are looking for, then immigrants. In the wilds of the pine there is a great chance to hear Russian speech. The best months for collection are November-December and March-April. In the local forests, you can even find an oil. And on the South Island there are even mushroom farms, where they grow chanterelles, russules, and white mushrooms.
Europeans destroyed most of the virgin nature in New Zealand.
The man really destroyed half of the forests here, but they did it Maori long before the arrival of the Europeans.Aborigines also destroyed the world’s largest non-flying Moa birds, because of this, the huge eagles of Haast, who lost their main source of food, also died out.