Welcome to New Zealand!
New Zealand is one of the cleanest and greenest countries with unique land of breathtaking scenery from craggy coastlines to golden beaches, lush rainforests to snow-capped mountains and bubbling volcanic pools, with equally thriving indigenous Maori culture. New Zealanders are generally very relaxed and hospitable. Respect those in New Zealand; learn the country’s culture and travel dos and donts will help you to blend in on your trip to New Zealand and make a wealth of thrilling experiences.
Burial grounds were taboo; and in New Zealand a canoe which had carried a corpse was never afterwards used, but was drawn on shore and painted red.
New Zealand Travel Donts
- Do not smoke. Smoking is banned in pubs and restaurants as well as on public transport or in public buildings.
- Do not overstay your welcome.
- Do not tip, which is not customary in New Zealand. However, do tip if the services are outstanding.
- Do not make the “V for Victory” sign.
- Do not eat food until it has been blessed in Maori.
- Do not be late for an appointment, nor to make promises which you can’t keep or make exaggerated claims.
- Do not stand in the middle of the road and hold up traffic when taking pictures, watch out for cars.
- Do not wrap your gifts in red. Red is the taboo color in New Zealand.
- Do not touch the head and hair of others, especially of a chief, which are particularly taboo or sacred; to touch a man’s head is a gross insult.
New Zealand Travel Dos
- Do shake hands for greeting and keep eye contact during greetings. The first name is used after introductions.
- Do respect and enjoy the company of fellow members.
- Do dress conservatively and formally for business occasions. Dark suits with a conservative tie and white shirt for men. Suits, dresses, or skirts and blouses for women. Wear casual attire for informal occasions.
- Do open your gift upon receipt, and give gifts such as flowers, chocolate, liquor, or a book about your home country.
- Do bring your own beer (B.Y.O.) if invited to a barbecue. You may also be invited to bring your own meat or a salad.
- Do visit a marae, which is a sacred place that serves both social and religious purposes in Maori society. Do follow the lead for the protocol of welcoming and greeting in Maori.
- Do keep your hands above the table, but don’t put your elbows on the table. Put your fork and knife parallel on the plate with the handles facing to the right when you are done eating.
- Do understand that the word “kiwi” is not an offensive name when referring to New Zealanders. They will call themselves kiwis, too!
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