The Culture

New Zealanders live to the rhythm of traditions and customs, built by history. A trip does not only involve visiting its tourist sites, but it also involves discovering New Zealand culture. In this article, you are going to know everything there is about New Zealand.

Culture in New Zealand has long been influenced by England. Today there remains the love of pubs, beers, rugby, cricket, tea time, and scones. The country has long since moved away from English traditions.

This is felt in particular in the expression of the New Zealand traditions, crafts, music, traditional dance, and tattoos.

New Zealand is a land of crafts. The talents of New Zealanders are expressed through the wood, bone, and jade stone sculpture.

If you want to learn more about the country’s traditions, don’t hesitate to visit the Te Papa Museum in Wellington. It collects and highlights everything that has built the identity of New Zealand.

Festivities and holidays in New Zealand

They are several public holidays in New Zealand.

As in all Christian countries, New Zealand respects religious holidays such as Christmas, Easter, and Good Friday. It also makes it a point to honor history with a few holidays, such as Waitangi Day (February 6), which remembers the day when the treaty between the Maori and the British colony was signed.

Anzac Day (April 25) is an opportunity for them to celebrate the landing of armed troops, during the First World War. The birthday of the Queen of England is also celebrated on the first Monday in June.

New Zealand is also a party-loving country. This is felt when we look at its calendar of events. There are celebrations every month. New Zealanders start the year with one of the most beautiful shows- the Festival of Lights. Pukekura Park is decorated with lanterns which, after dark, transform the place into a poetic painting.

New Zealanders celebrates the Marlborough Wine Festival in February. This wine festival is a must in the country. All the winemakers in the country meet to make you taste their best wines.

New Zealand also celebrates the Queenstown Winter Festival. During the Queenstown Winter Festival, you have the opportunity to party. These ten days take place in July, during the winter. You will experience fireworks, jazz concerts, parades, shows, and a masked ball.

This is just a glimpse of the many parties that await you. Whether you are on a historic or cultural trip, they are opportunities to meet New Zealanders and share their mentality.

No matter the age at which you visit New Zealand, there are always reasons to mingle with the local population to have fun, chat, and party. You should put aside your shyness and mix with the crowd.

Religion

Religion is part of New Zealand culture. 60% of New Zealanders confess Christianity (Anglicans, Catholics, Presbyterians, etc). Some practice Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam. The ancient Maori religion survives mainly in syncretic forms, mixed with Christianity. A quarter of the population declares that they do not belong to any religion.

National Holiday

February 6: Waitangi Day (commemorates the treaty signed between the Maori and the British in 1840). January 1: New Year. February 6: national holiday. End of March, beginning of April: Easter (from Good Friday to Easter Monday). April 25: ANZAC Day (in honor of Pacific soldiers engaged in the First World War). First Monday in June: Queen’s birthday. Last Monday in October: Labor Day. December 25: Christmas. December 26: Boxing Day.

Food

New Zealand cuisine still resembles British cuisine: magpies, fish and chips, puddings and mint sauce are the mainstays. Lamb is usually served grilled with herbs, well cooked. Maori dishes are nice. The hangi, for example, is a mix of stew, meat, sweet potatoes, cooked in an oven dug on the ground. Maori also have a cuisine muttonbird, which is a smoked and roasted puffin.

Drink

Tap water is drinkable, but for more safety, New Zealanders prefer bottled mineral water. Beer, generally light, is the national drink. The production of large brewers is fairly standard, but you can find beautiful mosses in micro-breweries that have multiplied in recent years. Tea is part of New Zealand culture, which was influenced by British culture. New Zealanders took their tea very fast, but sometimes very slow