I’ve been meaning to write a post about some of the interesting cultural things in NZ, so here it is:
- Obviously they drive on the left here, but they also walk and bike on the left. Also, escalators are up on the left and down on the right.
- Kiwis give the worst directions! If they ever say “you can’t miss it”, it means it’s behind a building and completely unlit.
- Lots of people go barefoot everywhere, including in the grocery store and walking down the sidewalk. Also, when going into many public places, it’s expected to take off muddy boots, including the supermarket and shops.
- Driving, most cars don’t speed at all. If you want to drive slow, you can, other cars will just pass you (learned while puttering along at 80 in a 100).
- Every town, no matter how tiny, has well-signed and well-maintained public toilets in the main part of town. Most also have public picnic tables.
- To get the check (or bill) you HAVE to ask for it. And even then, it might take a while and if (god forbid) you need change, you’ll have to ask for that too.
- Very dangerous things are well-signed but not gated. You could be standing next to a 200 degree Fahrenheit thermal pool and there will be nothing but a sign to hold children by the hand. See this.