• New Zealand Regions
      • Hawke's Bay
      • Bay of Plenty
      • Waikato
      • Whanganui
      • Manawatu
      • Northland
      • Auckland
      • Gisborne
      • Taranaki
      • Wellington
      • West Coast
      • Nelson
      • Canterbury
      • Otago
      • Marlborough
      • Southland
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      Hawke's Bay

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      Beaches, wineries and Art Deco. The Hawke's Bay has a diverse economy, including business services that support its sectors to be the second largest contributor to regional GDP in the country. A popular tourist destination, the region has some of the countries best restaurants as well as stunning scenery, markets and festivals.

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      Bay of Plenty

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      The Bay of Plenty is officially New Zealand's sunniest destination, enjoying short-lived winters and long summer days. The Region offers some of the country's most spectacular views and many ways to enjoy the pristine scenery and natural wonders. Visitors also enjoy exploring the Bay's Māori heritage and pre-European roots.

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      Waikato

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      The Waikato is known for its rolling plains, fertile land and the mighty Waikato River. The region is the fourth largest regional economy in New Zealand, with a strong focus on primary production and associated manufacturing.

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      Whanganui

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      Welcome to Whanganui. This is our place; where history is full of stories, legends and rich legacy. Where a thriving arts scene, creativity and evolving culture inspire our modern lives. Where breath-taking natural landscapes capture imaginations at every turn.

      Manawatu

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      Located in the lower North Island, Manawatu is heartland New Zealand, offering an authentic Kiwi experience.

      The main in the region are Palmerston North, most notable for Massey University. Palmerston has a vibrant, arts and culture scene.

      The region's economy is based on food production and processing, research and education. The region is also home for the New Zealand defence force.

      Northland

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      Northland was originally home to some of our country's first human inhabitants. Today, it is one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand and home to nearly 189,000 people. Rich in culture and history, the region boasts a stunning natural environment.

      Auckland

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      Auckland Region stretches from the the beaches of the Pacific Ocean in the east to the expansive beaches of the rugged west coast of the Tasman Sea. Auckland City, the largest urban area in New Zealand is considered the main economic center of New Zealand and a popular destination for international students and travellers.

      Gisborne

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      Gisborne is a Region on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. It's known for wineries and surf beaches such as Makorori. The region has maintained a strong Maori heritage. The region's economy is made up mainly of agriculture, horticulture and forestry.

      Taranaki

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      Taranaki is a coastal and mountainous region on the western side of New Zealand's North Island. Its landscape is dominated by Mount Taranaki, its namesake volcano, which lies within the rainforested Egmont National Park.

      The port city of New Plymouth is the area's cultural and commercial hub. Taranaki's economy is diverse and includes dairy, oil and gas. The region is the highest contributor or national GDP per capita. 

      Wellington

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      The Wellington Region covers Wellington city in the south, Upper and Lower Hutt valleys to the north-east, and Porirua to the north-west. The region takes its name from Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.

      Wellington is famous for its arts and culture scene and is also the centre of New Zealand's film industry.

      West Coast

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      The West Coast, or as some locals call it, the "Wild West", is a long thin region that runs down the South Island's west coast.

      The region has the lowest population in all of New Zealand. It is famous for its rugged natural scenery such as the Pancake Rocks, the Blue Pools of Haast, and the glaciers.

      The main industries in the region are dairy farming and mining. Tourism also plays an important role.

      Nelson – Tasman

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      Nelson Tasman is an extraordinary, vibrant region where art and businesses thrive together among a stunning natural landscape. With one in five people internationally born, Nelson Tasman has 48 different cultures living in its environs.

      The region prides its self on being New Zealand’s leading Research and Development areas, with the highest proportion of people working in the research, science and tech sectors out of anywhere in New Zealand.

      Canterbury

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      Canterbury is a region on New Zealand’s South Island marked by grassy plains, clear lakes and snow-capped mountains. Its largest city, Christchurch, is famed for its art scene and green spaces.

      Otago

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      There are few places in the world which will leave you with a lasting sense of difference. Central Otago is undoubtedly one of them from its landscapes, its seasons, its people, its products and experiences.

      Marlborough

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      Marlborough Region is on the north-eastern corner of the South Island. The region is well known for its winemaking industry, and the Marlborough Sounds, an extensive network of coastal waterways, peninsulas and islands.

      Apart from the wine industry, aquaculture, agriculture and tourism play an important role in the local economy.

      Southland

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      Southland is New Zealand’s most southerly region and includes the World Heritage ranked Fiordland National Park.

      The region's only city Invercargill offers a relaxed pace of life with wide streets, little traffic, spacious parks and gardens, striking Victorian and Edwardian architecture and impressive sporting facilities including New Zealand’s first indoor velodrome. Southland's location is such that views of Aurora Australis or the Southern Lights are common.

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Kiwi Etiquette

With New Zealand being such a small island nation and a melting pot for a handful of different cultures, you may be wondering about the social etiquette of the Kiwi people. Do their manners and social norms reflect New Zealand’s European heritage, or has an increased level of equality between cultures on the island made an impact?
The answer, as you may come to expect with New Zealand, is a mix of the both.

Friendly and Welcoming

Given the size of New Zealand and its relatively small population, greeting strangers in the street is commonplace, usually with a smile and a nod. Smiling at people in the street may seem alien for some, as different cultures try to keep their head down and avoid eye contact at all costs, but this is not the Kiwi way. Having a strong sense of community, New Zealanders are known for their open friendliness and welcoming attitudes toward strangers.

Along with this, Kiwis tend to be trusting individuals. With a country that is as safe and happy as New Zealand, there is little need to treat others with suspicion. A great example of this is ‘honesty boxes’, usually left on streets and roadsides. They can contain a variety of things, such as homegrown fruits, vegetables and flowers. The boxes are marked with a price and with no vendor or shopkeeper around, they trust the buyer to pay the amount specified and take what they want.

Respect Maori Culture

With an open, easy-going attitude, it’s known to be relatively simple to blend in with the Kiwis; so long as you have a little common sense and basic manners. The only real etiquette demand in New Zealand, is that you treat the Maori and their customs with respect. The Maori have many sacred places dotted around the country, and you must ask permission from an elder if you want to visit or gain access. Suppose you are permitted to visit a marae (Maori meeting grounds) or wharenui (Meetinghouse), in that case, there are specific rules that you should follow. These include taking off your shoes before heading inside (A practice common throughout most of New Zealand). Rules differ between different marae, so ask around and find out what the locals expect of you.

Although taking your shoes off when entering a house is usually a must, you may notice that kiwis sometimes go barefoot outdoors too. Being from such a rugged environment, especially in more rural areas, dress codes in New Zealand tend to be very informal. This includes forgoing shoes to feel the grass between your toes!

Share and Share Alike

Another key part of Kiwi social etiquette and manners is sharing. New Zealanders have taken great pride in their ability to share in each other’s culture and backgrounds, but it doesn’t just stop there. Friends often share food, and drinks are usually bought in rounds so that everybody contributes. Kiwis may refer to this practice as your ‘shout’, but don’t need to yell, just buy the drinks for your group at the pub or bar! Kiwis aren’t stingy people, so will appreciate the effort to share.

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