38 Things New Zealand Could Teach The World

By Olivia Atkinson
8th Jun 2016

38 Things New Zealand Could Teach The World

New Zealand: a country known for a handful of things—be it Hobbits, sheep, pies or a hard working, get-shit-done attitude. While there are some handy life lessons we could learn from other countries—siestas from the Spanish, sarcasm from the Brits, appropriate winter attire from the Russians—there are some things that New Zealand, as a nation, are down right excellent at.

What are they, you ask? Wouldn’t you like to know? Here are 38 things little ol’ New Zealand could teach the world.

  1. The importance of always blowing on the pie.  
  2. Three-way handshakes.  
  3. Sneaking a gold fish onto a plane.  
  4. Winning at rugby. ‘Nuff said.
  5. Winning at sporting colours. That spilt beer ain’t got nothing on that black shirt.
  6. Having an epic war dance.
  7. Making beer. If you’re looking for a bloody good brew, you’re in luck! New Zealand is a craft beer mecca.
  8. Making wine. Our Cab Savs are out of this world.
  9. Drinking beer. And wine. We do it well.
  10. Being one with Mother Nature. Waterfalls, glaciers, volcanos—you name it, we’ve got it and we’re one with it.
  11. Walks and hikes. The options for adventure are endless.
  12. Beaches, lakes and rivers. We’ve got some good ‘uns.
  13. And no part of New Zealand is more than 128km from the sea. 
  14. Skiing. Providing epic mountains and conditions, plus being good at the actual skiing part.
  15. Not having killer snakes. Or crocs. Australia, what were you thinking?
  16. Having Wellington. More cities should be as cool as Wellington.
  17. Making great coffee. And bragging about making great coffee.
  18. Being a feminist badass. New Zealand was the first country to extend the vote to women. If that ain’t #girlpower, we don’t know what is.
  19. Justifying wearing jandals and stubbies all year long.
  20. Chilling the f#ck out, calming the farm, chilling the tits. 
  21. Having sparkling stars in the sky and crystal-clear nights.
  22. Having a cute national animal. I mean, have you seen a Kiwi?
  23. Having a national wizard. No joke. 
  24. Fixing things. Our men (and women) are super handy.  
  25. The fact that when it comes to cars, the older it is, the cooler it is.
  26. Winning at sausage sizzles, BBQs and spit roasts.
  27. Making a killer potato salad. And a pavlova.
  28. Saying ‘fish and chips’ properly.  
  29. Saying ‘deck’ properly. And building a great deck, for that matter.  
  30. Putting tomato sauce on almost everything.
  31. Eating an ice-block without it melting. Pro tip: lick the bottom first.
  32. Responding to anything with “sweet as”.
  33. Teaching our dogs how to drive cars.
  34. Bungee jumps. Old mate AJ Hackett was on to a good thing.
  35. Being the first country in the world to see the sunrise. Plus, having some of the best sunsets in the world. 
  36. Winning at treats. Pineapple Lumps, Toffee Pops, Whittaker’s, Jelly Tips, chocolate fish, lolly cake…
  37. Racing delicious treats (Jaffas) down the steepest street in the world. 
  38. Being awesome in general. NZ took out the Telegraph Travel Award’s best country title for the fourth year running. 

Image credit: Flickr

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