New Zealanders are known for being a relaxed and social bunch, with a strong community spirit and are always ready for a friendly yarn (chat). This comradery was strengthened by the COVID-19 pandemic and through recent weather events such as Cyclone Gabrielle with communities coming together to check on each other’s well-being and offer a helping hand with community efforts like clean-ups and collecting donations.
Travellers to New Zealand have many opportunities available to them to meet locals, experience the Kiwi culture first hand and maybe make some friends along the way.
Travelling, whether with friends or solo, encourages us to become more adventurous and outgoing, we get out of our comfort zones, experiencing and learning new things.
When we connect with people from different cultures and backgrounds we increase our social, communication and listening skills, broaden our perspectives and become more understanding.
“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all people cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” — Maya Angelou