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New Zealand Travel Do's & Dont's

Travel Dont’s
  • Do not smoke. Smoking is banned in pubs and restaurants as well as on public transport or in public buildings.
  • Do not overstay your welcome.
  • Do not tip which is not customary in New Zealand. However do tip if the services are outstanding.
  • Do not make the ‘V’ for victory sign.
  • Do not be late for an appointment, nor to make promises which you cant keep or make exaggerated claims.
  • Do not stand in the middle of the road and hold up traffic when taking pictures. Watch out for cars.
  • Do not wrap your gifts in red. Red is a taboo colour in New Zealand.
  • Do not touch the head and hair of others.
Travel Do’s
  • Do shake hands for greeting and keep eye contact during greetings. The first name is used after introduction.
  • Do respect and enjoy the company of fellow members.
  • Do dress conservatively and formally for business occasions.
  • Do open your gift upon receipt and give gifts such as flowers, chocolates, liquor or a book about your home country.
  • Do keep your hands above the table but don’t put your elbows on the table. Put your fork and knife parallel on the plate with the handles facing right when you are done eating.
  • Do understand that the word ‘kiwi’ is not an offensive name when referring to New Zealanders. They will call themselves kiwis too.