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New Zealand is a country located on two large and many small islands in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. Back in the XI-XIV centuries, these places were settled by immigrants from Polynesia, but from the 18th century the development of the British began. The main feature of the country is its geographical remoteness. The nearest large neighbor, Australia, is about 1,700 kilometers away. 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 took place.
Today New Zealand is a developed democratic country actively participating in international relations. But its remoteness from us has given rise to numerous myths.
Some of them are born thanks to tourists, while others are distributed by the locals themselves. Well, let's try to establish the truth and debunk the most popular myths.
Cities in New Zealand are like in Russia. There are only a few cities with high-quality infrastructure and high-rise buildings. In fact, these are just Oakland, Wellington and Christchurch. The rest of the towns have a population of less than 170 thousand, and there are only a few of them. We are accustomed to urbanized cities, with many panel high-rise buildings, traffic jams and smog. In New Zealand, cities look much simpler. There is not such a crazy pace of life as in world capitals. Unless only Auckland has such a touch and sets a good pace for an active person. But even this cannot be compared with the Moscow madness. Many Russians are sad to find New Zealand's few nightclubs and a sluggish glamorous life.
New Zealand is constantly hot. Those planning a trip here believe that even in winter, New Zealand is at least warm. On the one hand, in the local summer (in January) the temperature rises to 35 degrees, and in winter in July it even rises to 23. But it should be borne in mind that in the same Auckland there is no central heating. There are no plastic windows here. In the morning, before the sun rises, it can be 8-10 degrees on the streets, and only a couple of degrees higher at home. In the evening, you can walk around the house, regardless of the season, only in warm clothes. And the nights are very cold all year round. In the southern settlements, frost and frost occur in the morning, and it may even snow.
In New Zealand, you can swim and sunbathe all year round. There are not as many sharks and jellyfish here as off the coast of Australia. But there is another misfortune - powerful currents, they are especially strong in the west of the country. That is why it is simply forbidden to swim on most sandy beaches. The 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 to sunbathe here. It turns out that the sun over New Zealand is special. After all, this is where the ozone hole is located. In public places, they even put up plastic boxes with free sunscreen. And doctors generally do not recommend staying in the open sun for more than five minutes. The destructive effects of ultraviolet radiation make the locals look much older than they are. So, for the sake of safety, it's better to forget about beaches and sunbathing.
New Zealand is filled with dairy products. In any supermarket in the world, you can find Anchor oil from Fonterra. It seems that there are many farms in New Zealand itself, there simply cannot be problems with milk. In fact, there are only 3-4 types of cheese on the shelves of local stores. And the fault is in the English cuisine, in which there are few dairy products. There are no kefirs, fermented baked milk, processed curds and a variety of cheeses. If such products can be found, then they are very expensive. And they brought them from the other end of the planet - from France or Denmark.
There are few beautiful women in New Zealand. This statement is generally true. There are much fewer beautiful girls here than in Russia. Gender equality has led to the fact that women are spoiled and do not control their weight, and they dress sloppily. In addition, the dangerous sun dries the skin quickly, which also does not paint. Local beauty contests are a sad sight. This is why New Zealanders prefer foreign women.
New Zealand is the same Australia. On the map, two states are close, it seems that they have a lot 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 don't assume that New Zealanders go there all the time on weekends.
New Zealand is a beautiful country. This myth appeared thanks to Peter Jackson's film trilogy "The Lord of the Rings". It was in New Zealand that the stunning natural landscapes were filmed. But it should be borne in mind that most of these beauties are present on the South Island. Only farmers live there, and the tourist service is not developed. But the North Island can only boast of its shabby hills, and the sheep grazing there. It is far from so beautiful. So, having chosen the most beautiful views, you will have to live in the village. In the city, however, there are no majestic plains, forests and mountains.
New Zealand loves football. The local rugby team is one of the strongest in the world, having won two of the seven World Championships held. But there is no need to talk about the success of the national football team. Moreover, cricket, netball and tennis are much more popular than the main English game. And rugby stars in New Zealand are national heroes. They star in commercials, trucks are named after them, even planes are painted in team colors.
In New Zealand, sheep are everywhere. Once upon a time in the country there were twenty sheep for each person, now this number has sharply decreased to seven. And the Falkland Islands 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. Compared to Australia, the country on the map looks small, and there is not much population. But in New Zealand itself there is where to travel by car. Some people have lived here for a year, but have not seen everything they wanted. Exploring a country with an area of two England is not a quick affair.
Only farmers live in New Zealand. There are indeed many farms in the country, but not all are interested in agriculture. A tank top and shorts are traditional clothing for most, regardless of profession. And it's hard to count Auckland's million people as farmers.
They drink a lot in New Zealand. They say that New Zealanders drink like fish. Locals are portrayed as farmers who do nothing but watch rugby and drink beer. But this is not fair. There are days when people really rest and drink alcohol. 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. They talk about it in the news, most of the people live there, the main flights depart from there. But the capital of New Zealand since 1865 is Wellington, nothing foreshadows a change in this status.
In New Zealand, everyone can speak the Maori language. It seems that New Zealanders constantly communicate with the Aborigines and know their language. Meanwhile, it is very difficult. In primary and secondary school, in culture lessons, 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 memorize some words. And in a few years they will be erased from memory without being constantly used.
There are no stray animals in New Zealand. It's really true - the authorities put all the stray animals to sleep. Dogs can be kept at the shelter for a few more days, but in general they are quickly caught.
You can freely walk in the parks of the country. There is no free and no-man's land, so you cannot find nooks and crannies where no man's foot would go. And in the beautiful places where hobbits may live, there are many who want to walk. The most popular hiking trails have to be booked in advance. And at the entrance to public parks in the same Auckland, there are special containers with liquid for cleaning shoes from bacteria. Special inscriptions will also remind you of this.
There are very annoying mosquitoes. There are practically no mosquitoes in New Zealand. Probably, they were eaten by numerous birds. In Silford Sound and on the South Island, there are only nasty gnats. But fishermen can be sure that no one will bite them during their favorite activity.
In New Zealand, everyone is lazy. Here it is customary not to rush or rush. But this is not at all due to laziness. It's just that the locals are used to planning everything in advance. There is a certain plan, which must be followed without a fever. The result is a stable political system in the country. But the one who starts to fuss, earns a reputation as a stranger who does not understand local realities. True, customers find it difficult to understand local customs and the response to emails after a week is frankly surprising.
The country has poor Internet and mobile communications. Those who are accustomed to European or American service are surprised when faced with local realities. High mountains impair communications, and long distances between few settlements relax telecommunications companies.
Drugs are legalized in New Zealand. At one time, the country's authorities tried to regulate the synthetic drug market, but this idea turned out to be a failure. Since 2014, all such funds have been banned. For their production, a fine and prison are provided. But the attitude to marijuana is much more loyal. The authorities ignore her smoking. Once a year, people even gather in downtown Auckland and smoke marijuana in public. So they are fighting for the legalization of this tool. In many homes it is considered normal to keep cannabis at home, this does not surprise anyone.
Tea is not drunk in New Zealand. Tea is drunk in the country, but this drink is not as popular as coffee. There are many small establishments in Auckland that offer a hot cup of a viscous drink.
There are no street names or house numbers in New Zealand. For orientation in cities, you cannot do without a GPS navigator. The street name can be read at the intersection. But with house numbers, it's not so simple. Here they are not in the form of mandatory plates. Local authorities gave the right to numbering to the residents themselves. The same show their creativity or simply carelessness in this matter.
The official language in the country is English. In addition, Maori is also considered the official language, and also, surprisingly, sign language! I must say that the local New Zealand English has absorbed many words from the Maori. Basic words - water, air, belly - have become universal.
New Zealand is a religious country. The state is among the most atheistic, like Cuba and the Netherlands. When a movie with church dogmas is shown, the audience may well laugh.
In New Zealand, all people are seasoned. Attention is drawn to the fact that kiwis (as the locals call themselves) wear shorts, a T-shirt and slippers in any weather. Such a costume can generally be called national. If it's 5 degrees Celsius outside, and the oncoming passer-by is half naked, then this is clearly a local resident. Until recently, "real" New Zealanders considered themselves obliged to walk barefoot on the streets. It doesn't matter if 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 down windows and keys in the ignition locks, do not close the doors. Curtains or blinds are considered bad manners. In the ratings, New Zealand is indeed among the ten safest in the world. But local news raises the alarm about robberies. There is no organized crime in the country, but there are always alcohol showdowns, youth clashes. The police here are traditionally unhurried, they will not rush to the call. For tourists, everything looks beautiful, but at night residents prefer not to leave their homes. Sociologists are sounding the alarm - children's crime is also growing rapidly.
There are many treasures hidden in New Zealand. Who doesn't dream of finding a pirate treasure? The area of New Zealand is considered rich in burial treasures. A lot of tourists come here specially. They, armed with mine detectors for peaceful purposes, search the coast. In the 19th century, many shipwrecks occurred here, especially on the remote islands. The ships sank in dangerous places, so that treasure seekers with their finds often met the same fate. For example, at least 11 shipwrecks have occurred in the remote Auckland Islands. At least one ship carried cargo in the form of gold, and at least one seeker also possessed the found treasures. It is quite legal to search for gold in certain places here. Just keep in mind that the local Maori, having discovered the treasures found, will immediately try to take them away under the pretext of the rights of the natives. And the discovery of the sacred objects of the natives can turn into a big scandal.
It is easy to find a job in New Zealand. The domestic market of the country is rather small, which makes it impossible to make good money here. Skilled employees are looking to relocate to Australia or elsewhere. They are replaced by immigrants, many of whom follow the path of their predecessors. New Zealand workers from Third World countries are ready for any job. In this regard, Indians have an advantage, because they know English from childhood. But getting a highly professional job, where a license is required, is quite difficult.
It is profitable to look for a husband in New Zealand. Russian women looking for husbands via the Internet and correspondence are attracted by muscular handsome kiwis. But among them there are many lovers of gratis. Here, men do not need to invite a lady to their place, take a walk with her until the end of the visa and say goodbye. And if for a woman such an end to the relationship will be a shock, then the kiwi will not experience feelings of shame. It is necessary to take into account the peculiarity of the mentality of the local man. He is unassuming and his aesthetic and sexual senses are dulled. Romance is out of the question, and sex and beauty do not play a role in his life. It is also good that Russian women are considered smarter than the rest, this is appreciated. In a country where millionaires walk barefoot, no one is interested in women's beauty and representational values. In New Zealand, the husband and wife often have separate finances, money matters are negotiated separately from the romantic side. Sexual freedom in the country has led to the fact that there is no excitement around sex. A man cannot be caught on the hook of an intimate relationship, he does not need much. There are many other interesting things to do besides women.
There are no kangaroos in New Zealand. These marsupials can also be found in the southern regions of New Zealand.
There is no mushroom picking in New Zealand. Traditional Russian fun is not popular in New Zealand. In the cultures of the Maori and Anglo-Saxons, it is not customary to eat the gifts of rice. If anyone is looking for mushrooms, then immigrants. In the wilds of the pine forest there is a high probability of hearing Russian speech. The best months to harvest are November-December and March-April.Even boletus can be found in local forests. And on the South Island there are even mushroom farms where chanterelles, russula, and porcini mushrooms are grown.
Europeans destroyed most of the virgin nature in New Zealand. Man really destroyed half of the forests here, but the Maori did it long before the arrival of the Europeans. The aborigines also destroyed the largest flightless birds in the world, the Moa, because of this, the huge Haast eagles also died out, having lost their main source of food.