Knowledge of this country for most of us is limited to two facts: the “Lord of the Rings” was filmed here and this state is located somewhere on the other side of the world. Meanwhile, New Zealand has a huge number of local features that are both frightening and inspiring at the same time, and therefore you just need to know about them.
We want to warns: after reading this article, you may have a strong desire to buy a couple of tickets to the other side of the world. Or vice versa.
Poor people in this country are people whose monthly income is less than ($ 1,570) if the family consists of two adults and two children, and less than ($ 1,000) if the family has only 1 parent and 1 child.
Size of pension also different here : about $ 816 per person per month. A mother or single father receives a little less – $ 720. Unemployment benefit is about $ 470 per month if you have no children.
Those who moved to New Zealand for permanent residence say that the minimum wage per hour is close $ 12.5, therefore, even at the worst job per month, you will get your hands about $ 1,700. Sounds good, right? Until you find out the prices of food and everything else that a person needs for a more or less comfortable life.
2. Ordinary things are expensive here.
- Kilogram of Potatoes – $ 2.
- Washing powder, 2.8 kg – $ 7.9
- Deodorant – $ 4.6
- Cinema ticket for one – $ 10.9
- Cheapest tampons – $ 3.1
- Menstrual cup – $ 20.4
- Sanitary pads – from $ 1.3 to 5.4
The last product is worth to mention separately: approximately 95,000 girls across the country do not go to school during their periods . They just don’t have the money for personal care products. Therefore, by the way, many New Zealand schools give out free pads.
Being beautiful in New Zealand is also very expensive. For example, the cheapest mascara costs $ 13.6, while you can buy one from us for $ 1.1. On average, women here spend about $ 2,720 a year on basic cosmetic procedures.
3. Swimming in local rivers can be fraught with consequences
Not only swimming, but also just sticking your hand into the water or going ankle-deep in unfamiliar places is not worth it. First, there are dangerous parasites in some rivers and lakes, and secondly, there are many geothermal springs in New Zealand. If you jump into the water, you can scald yourself: in this country there are not only hot springs, but also boiling ones .
When swimming in a geothermal spring, never dive headlong into the water. Otherwise, you can get infected with amoebic meningoencephalitis. Hot water is home to parasites that enter the human body through the nose.
These dangers can be avoided by paying attention to special signs or simply by looking at Google.
4. Even locals do not go out without sunscreen and closed clothes.
You can get burned here even in cloudy weather, so it’s better not to go outside without a protective cream. Sunglasses, hats and umbrellas will not be superfluous. And if you are going to stay under the scorching rays for a long time, you cannot do with cream alone: you need clothes that completely cover the skin.
5. If the sun is shining outside the window, and there is not a cloud in the sky, be prepared for a hurricane
In this country, the weather change very quick. Let’s say you can’t plan a picnic or a trip to the forest, because at any moment, for no reason, it can start to rain heavily. And vice versa: a cloudy morning does not mean that in a few minutes all the clouds will not dissipate.
In addition, if you travel to a different city, you may find yourself in a completely different climate. You need to be ready for this. Well, you don’t have to leave the apartment without an umbrella and the things you need to stay in the sun.
6. New Zealanders wear flannel pajamas
Local pajamas remind us of children’s pajamas, as they are long-sleeve pants and sweater. The fact is that it is cool at night in New Zealand, and only 5% of the country’s population has heating .
By the way, such pajamas are worn not only by women, but also by men. As a result, there is a huge amount of pajama on the local market.
7. Communicating with locals, you will constantly think that they are flirting with you
One of the most features of the local mentality is incredible friendliness, which many foreigners regard as flirting. For example, a cashier, punching through your purchases, can easily ask what you will be doing this weekend. This does not mean at all that someone is going to ask you for a phone number, it is just such an unusual manifestation of participation for us.
8. Natural disasters for New Zealanders are a matter of everyday life
The country is located literally at the junction of two lithospheric plates – Australian and Pacific. As a result, earthquakes occur here almost every day . However, most of them are so weak that you may not even notice them.
No wonder this country is called the Shivering Isles.
Would you like to go to the other end of the world to see this wonderful country with your own eyes?