If you know how to speak English, then you’re in luck as almost all of us down here speak it. The problem is, sometimes you probably couldn’t tell. No doubt you will encounter some local phrases which may prove rather confusing. We share many with Australia, however I am not about to start a Trans-Tasman argument over who used them first.
Northland goes by a few names. The Far North. The Winterless North. Te Tai Tokerau, meaning The Northern Tide. It is hopefully unsurprising this is the name given to the northern tip of New Zealand. It is a sub-tropical region and the weather is generally milder than the rest of the country, making it an easy place to travel, even during winter.
Auckland Harbour is dotted with islands that provide an interesting and unique perspective on life in New Zealand. Close to the city, yet seemingly worlds apart, a trip out to these small pieces of paradise will be a holiday unto itself.
Mount Maunganui, commonly referred to as ‘The Mount’, is a small coastal town on New Zealand’s east coast. The Mount is easily one of my favourite places to visit in New Zealand and not only because I have friends living there who have a couch I can sleep on. I would recommend it to anyone who loves summer, beautiful ocean views, nice walks, the beach, sand, surfing, skateboarding, nice pubs, great coffee, fish and chips, hot pools, shopping and ice cream.