Planning a trip? Don't miss these things!
New Zealand is a beautiful country with gorgeous landscapes. It's no wonder New Zealand's nickname is God's Own Country, or more colloquially, “Godzone'. Many travel guides written about New Zealand are full of great information, but they overlook some of the simple, basic treasures that even the locals can take for granted. Here are seven random gems to make sure you experience when you go to New Zealand.
1) Fizzy Sherbets. They are also known "fizzy buttons", describing the wonderfully tingly and
2) The Weka. Newbie tourists might mistake a weka for a kiwi bird, and this will doubtlessly amuse the New Zealanders. The weka is a very
3) Marmite. Marmite is a thick, salty black spread for things like toast and crackers and a fantastic example of acquired taste. Chances are you are not going to like it when you first try it. Especially if somebody tricks you into thinking it is a chocolate spread before you take a bite. However, if you start by mixing small amounts of Marmite with butter, you'll soon develop a taste for it and an appreciation for the rich, savory flavor.
Also, there are few foods that contain as much nutrition and vitamins as Marmite. Marmite is full of B vitamins and several other vitamins. Finally, Australia has a similar spread called Vegemite that you can sometimes find in large grocery stores in America. But Marmite is better.
4) The Dairy. On just about every corner in a typical New Zealand town you’ll find a dairy. Often you can “dairy crawl” by standing in front of one dairy and find another dairy within line-of-sight; walk to that dairy and repeat.
5) Pineapple Lumps. The brand name of a popular chocolate covered pineapple candy. Pineapple lumps are made of a soft, pineapple flavored center surrounded with a thin layer of chocolate. The center is softer than taffy, but the same consistency. There's a cute commercial that starts, "In the beginning, when the creator was giving out stuff", that you can find on YouTube that reinforces how unique and tasty this candy is to New Zealand. A Kiwi friend recommended I
6) The Kea. The kea is a beautiful, extremely curious alpine parrot. It is also one of the larger
Unfortunately, the kea can be a pest from this same characteristic. Keas have been known to peck the rubber from car windshield wipers and otherwise damage vehicles. I've heard the rumour the they will even peck at the eyes of sheep and blind them, but I don't know how truthful this is.
Since the kea is so charming, you'll find many videos on Youtube of them doing funny, intelligent, and amazing things.
7) Ice Cream. New Zealand ice cream has a rich fullness that is like no other ice cream. Every flavor has this unique attribute that is not easy to describe. The ice cream has a whole body roundness that makes the velvety texture extra smooth and creamy and flavors particularly distinct. I’ve asked my Kiwi friends to account for the difference between American ice cream and New Zealand and I’ve received ranges in answers from, “Our cows eat nuclear free grass” to a higher
Kiwis love their ice cream. Nearly every dairy sells a couple of flavors of ice cream year round. And Kiwis are fighting with Australia to be the 2nd largest consumer of ice cream per-capita, behind the United States. Hokie Pokie ice cream is a distinct New Zealand ice cream flavor, which is vanilla ice cream with little balls of sponge toffee spread through-out. It’s a good flavor, because all New Zealand flavors are good, but my favorite flavors are the various fruit flavors and Cookies and Cream. The rich creaminess of these flavors are better than the most expensive ice cream I've enjoyed in the United States.
Even the lowest priced ice cream in New Zealand is fantastic. As a further bonus, the 2 liter ice cream boxes are plastic containers, instead of the cardboard boxes used in America, so you can find various organizational uses for the soon to be empty containers.
Even New Zealanders are surprised when they hear how much foreigners enjoy these simple things. Don't miss these when you visit New Zealand, and let the Kiwis know how fortunate they are to have these things in their every day lives.