Legendary Friendly

“We here in the ‘west island’ like to cling to that old cliché of New Zealanders being slightly simple sheep-botherers, so it’s a bit of a shock when you get there and realise how wrong that stereotype is,” The Sydney Morning Herald’s “resident globetrotter” Ben Groundwater writes. “It doesn’t matter if you’re in a Wellington café, a Nelson pub or a Dunedin restaurant, everyone’s just being unaffectedly nice to you. When an Australian [immigration] official would be sizing you up and considering snapping on a rubber glove, the New Zealand officials, mad buggers, are making casual chit-chat. My dad went through Auckland airport last week and the immigration officer flipped through his passport a few times, then looked at his card. ‘Have we only got you for six days?’ she asked Dad. ‘That’s a shame.’”


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The New York Times Sends the World to Northland

The New York Times Sends the World to Northland

In Northland, “cultural lessons await, as do hot springs where visitors can recharge body and soul,” according to Daniel Scheffler writing for The New York Times. The region is included in…