Differences Between United States and New Zealand

There are many things that are very different in New Zealand over the U.S. Such as driving on the opposite side of the car, and road.
Other little things:
  • I knew the power outlets would look different, slanted in a V shape, what I didn’t know is that you have to turn each individual outlet ‘on’ to use it. There’s a small little switch beside each outlet that you press to turn the power on for that outlet. Great way to conserve electricity.
  • Don’t forget to half flush or full flush. The toilets have two options on the top, two buttons. One conserves water and the other creates a full flush to ensure everything is gone.
  • One of the big things I LOVED in New Zealand was how eco-friendly the city was. Organic options were available everywhere.Even my hotel room offers recycling.
  • The grocery store was like a huge maze. And plastic bags need to be purchased if you want your groceries stored that way. Otherwise, you box them up.
  • Those born and raised in New Zealand call themselves “Kiwi’s”. Just a fun little fact I guess.
  • Food doesn’t have calories listed on the nutrition guide. Instead it lists “energy”.
  • There’s a rather large Asian population here, so it’s fun to see the different languages on the signs at the grocery store.
  • Internet is not free at the hotels. And Wi-Fi is rather rare, there’s a few places I’ve found that have it, such as Borders.
  • No tipping. You don’t tip your waiter, cab driver, no one. I haven’t decided if this makes things less expensive, or more.  The prices for things are a bit higher, but without a tip, what you see is what you pay.
  • The number to the police is 9 1 11 here. Not much different, just an extra 1.

New Zealand Money New Zealand Money

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