New Zealand in Summer : TOP 5 Activities To Summer Like A Kiwi

Summertime in New Zealand is magical. The days are long, the sun is hot and the water is warm.

Many tourists come to New Zealand and only see & do the many activities advertised. However, there is much more to New Zealand than seeing where The Lord of The Rings was filmed or going bungee jumping.

New Zealanders are some of the most social, welcoming and down to earth people on the planet. They don’t spend their summers jet boating or waiting in line at the museum.

They spend their summers getting outdoors, exploring and enjoying the beautiful country appropriately named ‘The Land of The Long White Cloud’.

How do I know what New Zealanders do in the summertime? I am a Kiwi, I spent the first 18 years of my life in this stunning country. So grab a bottle of L&P and get ready to find out what every New Zealander does over the summertime.

Eat Real Fish and Chips

When you eat fish and chips in New Zealand there are a few rules you need to follow:

  1.    You never ever use cutlery.
  2.    You never use plates.
  3.    There should always be a great view.
  4.    Always have a bottle of Watties Tomato Sauce handy.

Don’t fish and chips from a restaurant where you pay $35.99 for the ‘fish of the day. You get you fish and chips from the local shop. You will find one of these on every other corner around town.

The menu will be stacked with 40 different options, however, what you really want to go for is the  ‘family special’. It will normally cost you $20.00 (NZD) and consist of something along the lines of 4 x battered fish, 2 scoops of chips, a few kumara fritters and a few hot dogs. It will come wrapped up tightly in a piece of greaseproof paper and a couple of layers of last week’s local newspaper. All you need after that is a spot on the beach to watch the sunset and a lemon to drizzle over top and you have the perfect Kiwi dinner.


Head Off To The ‘Batch’ For The Weekend

Every New Zealand family has a batch, or at least knows someone with a batch. A batch is like a holiday home, it is usually very small, rustic and near a water source.

Once or twice a summer the family loads up the car and heads off for a week or two of fun. The classic batch usually doesn’t have a TV, or any other unnecessary electronics. But is filled with more old board games, boogie boards, and beach activities that you can dream of.

The batch is a great way to just get away from it all and live life the way it should be. Full of good times with good people.

Have Classic Beach BBQ

new zealand beach bbq

Eating dinner at the beach is about as New Zealand as you can get. Cooking up a selection of NZ beef, lamb and seafood on bbq while watching the sun go down is truly spectacular.

There are many spots that have free BBQ’s set up at the beach, which are maintained by the local council. Normally they are positioned in a handy spot with a picnic table nearby.

Just bring your food, utensils and cleaning equipment. However, for the authentic experience, you need to get yourself a hotplate and construct a beach fire. There is nothing quite like sitting around the fire with a beverage while your food cooks to perfection.

Tip: You might notice that New Zealanders like a drink or five.  It is important to remember to not be silly around a gas grill or bbq to practice gas grill safety, the last thing you want is your New Zealand trip cut short.

Head Off For A Tramp

tramping in new zealand

I bet a few of you are asking what on earth is tramping? Tramping is what we call hiking, bushwalking or just generally out exploring on foot. New Zealand has a word class selection of walking tracks. These walking tracks cover everything from bushland, mountains, coastline and farmland.

It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a 2 hour meander or a 1 week intensive hike, New Zealand has you well covered. When out and about (especially in DOC land) always be on the lookout for the elusive kiwi bird. They are definitely not a guarantee sight, however if you are lucky enough to see one you will be extremely impressed.

Take A Swim In The Rivers or Oceans

New Zealand is surrounded by water. The good new is, that means there is over 15,000 kilometers of coastline. With a big coastline comes lots of beaches. The beach culture in New Zealand is unlike any other in the world. Load up your umbrella, lots of snacks and your boogie board and spend the day sunbaking, building sandcastles and catching some waves.

If salt water is not quite your thing, New Zealand is home to over 180,000 kilometers of rivers and lakes. Every town has their token ‘swimming hole’. These usually include a jumping platform whether that be a cliff, tree or warf. Prepare to have a fun filled day or jumping, flipping and diving. For those of you who prefer to spend your day floating down a river at a leisurely pace, find yourself a tire tube and set off down the rapids for a relaxing day of cruising the river.

Tips: Some of New Zealand’s beaches are made of volcanic black sand. This sand can get extremely hot and burn. Be sure to always be wearing a pair of jandel (flip flops) or have a towel ready to jump on when things get too hot!

About the Author:

Brittnay is a professional house sitter from Australia. She has been living in London for the past two years and recently moved to back to Melbourne. She has visited over 21 countries in Europe and Africa in that time (including lots of cheese, wine & beaches). You can find all her adventures in housesitting and travels on The Travelling House Sitters.

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