8 Reasons Why You Definitely Shouldn't Visit New Zealand

We hear so much about how amazing New Zealand is and why you need to visit... so here's a bit of reverse psychology and all the reasons you definitely shouldn't go.

13 Nov 12:37

New Zealand, the land of the long white cloud, home to the Kiwi bird, the All Blacks rugby team and the famously delicious Ferg burger.

There are so many reasons to visit, so we decided on a bit of reverse psychology to tell you all about the reasons you definitely shouldn’t plan to work in New Zealand this season.

The landscapes are just too stunning

Beaches, glaciers and sunken mountains, New Zealand has it all.

Everywhere you look, you’re hit with rolling landscapes which stretch to the horizon. Think dramatic mountainscapes, fields and fjords.

The great thing about New Zealand is that the Islands are small, meaning that all of these awesome views, hikes and trails are on your doorstep. You’ll be able to create a roadtrip to see them all and will be able to take advantage of some of the most inspiring locations in the world.

Our top 10 landscapes you need to visit

  • Mount Ngauruhoe (also known as Mount Doom)
  • Mount Victoria Lookout
  • Waitomo Caves
  • Milford Sound
  • Mt. Taranaki
  • Mt. Aspiring National Park
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • The Coromandel Peninsula
  • Wai-O-Tapu
  • Moeraki Boulders

But, then again, if you don’t want to visit mindblowing locations and see some of the best scenery the world has to offer… then it’s best to stay clear of New Zealand.

We mean, why would you want to see that?

The food is just too delicious

New Zealand is world famous for its food, whether it be lamb, Manuka honey or pavlova - we’re here to taste it all.

With 14,000km of coastline, it’s not hard to see why so many culinary delights in New Zealand are from the ocean. Crayfish is always in high demand, smothered in butter with a side of fried whitebait. Delicious.

Food, or “kai”, has also been a significant part of the Maori culture for hundreds of years, so it’s a must to try a Maori dish. We’d recommend Hangi - which is where meat or fish is baked by heated rocks in a pit oven under the earth. Often used for special occasions, we can think it would be pretty special to try this dish.

Or if you don’t like amazingly fresh and tasty food. Then maybe don’t go to New Zealand.

The people are way too nice

Kia Ora!

World Economic Forum voted New Zealand number 2 for friendliest people in the world.

Anyone who’s been to New Zealand will confirm this fact to be true, if not number one!

Kiwi’s are world renowned for their friendly attitudes and hospitality. Everywhere you go you’ll be greeted with a smile. Everyone is happy to help and to give you advice if you need it.

There’s even a traditional word in Maori called Manaakitanga which is a word for showing kindness and providing hospitality.

But if nice friendly people don’t interest you then better off not visiting.

There are too many fun activities

Oh go on then.

There are so many amazing activities to take part in and the best thing about New Zealand is that the country is relatively small, so nothing is out of reach or too far to travel to.

Skiing, skydiving or even bungee jumping. In New Zealand you can. Queenstown is the home to bungee jumping and has even been coined the adrenalin capital of the world!

Whether you fancy hiking up Mount Doom, visiting Hobbiton or even just chilling on 90 Mile beach, New Zealand has something for every traveller.

It also hosts some of the best places in the world for diving. Think crystal clear waters and inquisitive marine life, and you’ve got Poor Knights Islands - this marine reserve is a top place to dive and one to add to the list.

But if doing lots of extremely fun activities doesn’t sound like you, then New Zealand might not be the one.

It’s too uncrowded and spacious

Experience space and plenty of it, an amazing thing about New Zealand is how uncrowded it is.

Imagine a land the size of the UK but with 60 million people less. In fact, there are more vending machines in Japan than there are people in New Zealand.

The fact most of the country remains unpopulated gives way to an appreciation of nature and freedom. The air feels cleaner in New Zealand because it is. With less pollution, you’ll reap the health benefits of good wholesome clean living - with no more effort than breathing.

But if you’d rather polluted air, we wouldn't recommend New Zealand.

Its geology is too unique and exciting

Rock formations and geology might not be the first thing you think of, but due to New Zealand’s tectonic location - there’s some pretty amazing subterranean activity.

Rotorua is the place to visit to witness the spectacular geothermal activity. Take advantage of the curing properties and health benefits, with healing mud pools, geysers and hot springs, it’s an unusual place steeped in history and legend.

There’s also over 14,000km of beautiful coastline. Visit the dark sandy beaches in the North, with sand rich with iron or the head to the East Coast which is perfect for swimming, surfing and sunbathing.

Ever heard or see sunken mountains?

The Marlborough Sounds and Fiordland are amazing examples of where the landscape has become submerged, over thousands of years old, visit these amazing locations and marvel at their natural beauty.

Or if you’ve seen it all before and incredible natural formations aren’t your thing, then maybe don’t visit New Zealand.

There are too many unique and unusual animals

New Zealand has an amazingly unique collection of plants and creatures - from way back when the Islands of NZ drifted away from the supercontinent.

You’ll find diverse marine life and when in New Zealand you’ll be able go whale watching in Kaikoura or even swim with wild dolphins. The small Hector’s dolphin is the rarest in the world and can only be found here. You’ll also find penguins, seals and exotic fish in the diving locations again in Poor Knights Island.

The national symbol of New Zealand is also an animal in the form of the rare Kiwi bird and although difficult to now find in the wild, you can see them in the huge number of ‘kiwi houses’ at zoos and wildlife parks.

But if animals don’t interest you or an amazing history of unique species and how they came to be isn’t interesting - no need to come here.

The culture is too strong and special

New Zealand is steeped in culture and has a strong heritage.

With Maori traditions strongly upheld, you’ll discover so much of the land and history, through storytelling and legend.

The people are fiercely proud of their heritage and it’s what makes New Zealand such an amazing and diverse place to visit. You’ll be enchanted with the stories and it’s great to see how so much is protected and cared for.

Visit New Zealand and learn from the people, there’s no reason not to.

Overall, New Zealand is an amazing place to visit. With heritage, history and variety - you’d be silly not to come here at least once. We love New Zealand and until you experience it - you’re definitely missing out.

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