Everyone knows there’s a bit of rivalry between Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand is our little brother, right? But far from being a ‘friendly competition’, we’re going to go so far as to say Aussies hate New Zealand, and for 5 very good reasons. Tweet this! Here’s why we glare across the Tasman Sea with contempt.
1. The Great Outdoors
Australia loves claiming “the great outdoors” title, but can you imagine living in a place where you can ski, surf, bungy jump, scuba dive, sail, hike, kayak, canoe, mountain bike and paraglide, all within a 20km radius? Yes, New Zealand is the land of outdoor opportunity. A country that inspires you to jump headfirst into nature.
We’re pretty lucky in Australia – our natural wonders and sporty lifestyle are special… but New Zealand? It’s got adventure pumping through its veins. It’s a place for holidaymakers to get a little risky, a little excited and go on a journey unlike anywhere else on earth. Even to Endor *rolls eyes*
2. Supermodel of the Natural World
It’s pretty annoying that New Zealand consistently gets labelled “one of the most beautiful countries on the planet”. Sure, there’s a few majestic mountains. Oh look, a breathtaking fjord. Wow, thousands of kilometres of stunning coastline, yawn. We get it – New Zealand is picturesque. Ok, ok, it’s sublimely beautiful.
One of New Zealand’s “must dos” is Milford Sound, a stunningly lush area home to mysterious waters and imposing cliffs. Or Kaikoura, a South Island coastal town with a mountain range that rises almost directly out of the sea in spots. It’s here that visitors can get up close and personal with sperm whales.
And then there’s Lake Pukaki [pictured], a turquoise lake that sits at the base of Aoraki/Mount Cook. You’ve seen it before *sigh* yes, another Lord of the Rings reference… And we haven’t even touched on the North Island. New Zealand, you win this round.
3. Wine-Filled Festivals and Events
Australian festivals are pretty epic, but it can take some serious planning to attend one, especially if they’re interstate or outside the major cities. New Zealanders, on the other hand, enjoy the very best festivals with ease. And they just love adding their premium plonk to everything!
Taste some of the world’s finest food and wine – including locally caught salmon and clams – at the Marlborough Wine Festival. If music is more your thing, experience the best of rural New Zealand and some summer jams at the annual Rhythm and Vines Music Festival.
These are just two of the wonderful wine-filled events that take place across the country. If you’re a foodie, music junkie, or love a bit of culture washed down with a sauv blanc, then New Zealand might, regrettably, be the place for you.
4. “The Best Country in the World to Visit”
That is, according to travellers around the globe, who voted the accolade to New Zealand. What could possess them to do such a thing? Plenty, as it turns out. Among other things, holidaymakers love the quaint peculiarities of New Zealand.
There’s the wildlife, which is cute, cuddly and has the virtue of not killing you. They even have the fun-sounding ‘kakapo’, the world’s largest parrot. Then there’s the incredible landscape of Tolkien proportions (enough already!). And the nation’s proud Maori culture dating back thousands of years.
If you’re still not convinced of New Zealand’s quirkiness, I present you with the longest place name on earth: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu. It’s the name of a hill in the Hawke’s Bay region, so long, it needs 10 poles to hold up the sign.
5. It has Magical Powers
The final thing Aussies hate about New Zealand isn’t a thing at all, but its essence. It’s a country that you can’t help but fall madly in love with. The people are friendly, good-natured and laidback. The quality of New Zealand’s produce is outstanding; a true epicurean experience. And it’s a place with cool cities (hello, Wellington), awesome rural locations and scenery that boggles your mind. You’re never more than 100km from a beach, and basically never further than a 30 minute drive from somewhere incredibly beautiful.
We take back everything bad we said. New Zealand, we love you! Please don’t ever change.