5 Things I Hate About New Zealand
Here’s a controversial topic, writing about the negative sides of travel. Everyone always writes and gushes about destinations but I find the frustrations more interesting. All you hear about are the top 10 places for this or the best avocado latte you HAVE to get at this trendy new place here. Those are fine and good but I wanna know about the underside of a place.
The stuff they don’t want to tell you about in the guidebooks but you end up finding out the hard way yourself. The things that frustrate you that you definitely won’t miss from a place once you’re gone. I’m not talking about taking cheap shots about obvious issues, or complaining about something that happened. Lauren was/is uncomfortable with this series idea fearing it might offend people but that’s one of my favorite things to do.
Lauren wanted me to pair it with 5 things I love about a place which is fair, but the 5 things I hate comes under the understanding and assumption that I don’t actually hate anywhere, and there are obviously way more wonderful things to write about a place than there are negatives.
It goes without saying that New Zealand is a beautiful country but like all places has some annoying things. So without further ado, here are the 5 things I hate about New Zealand:
- Really Shitty Wifi – Get it together New Zealand. You’re a fairly modern country, there’s no excuse as to why your wifi is so slow and expensive. Everyone needs the internet these days especially digital nomads. I’m not asking for wifi in public parks or anything obtuse but in your towns and cities don’t give me 100mb of wifi and call it “free”, that’s just insulting.
- Negative Attitude Towards Camping/Free Camping – Alright this one can/will/should be a longer rant but we felt a very palpable negative attitude towards campers while traveling around. From prohibiting free camping almost everywhere to all the angry signage about campers, really made us feel unwelcome for a country that is very popular with campers and RVs.
- Sandflies – This one really needs no explanation. If you’ve had to deal with these little buggers you’ll agree they’re the worst. Some areas on the South Island were so infested that we were trapped inside the camper or else be covered in bites itchier than mosquitos. Rumor has it that after 6,000 bites you become immune to the itch.
- Wicked Camper Vans – You can’t drive around New Zealand without one of the God awful eyesores crossing your path or puttering before you up a mountain road. I don’t know what poor life decisions people make that compels them to want to drive around in one of these things.
- The Cheese – Or lack thereof. Maybe we’re just spoiled by Europe, but two options of “Tasty” or “Mild” just doesn’t cut it.
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