New Zealand

Ratio of sheep to other inhabitants

There are around 4 million inhabitants in New Zealand, and a lot of sheep. Approximately, 40 million.

 

Sheep auction, Timaru, New Zealand

Sheep auction, Timaru, New Zealand

 

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Photoshop isn't needed in New Zealand

A house before the storm, Hampden, New Zealand

A house before the storm, Hampden, New Zealand

 

Places not visited before are often imagined and expected to be quite different from what they are in reality.
When coming to New Zealand, we expected beautiful landscapes.

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British Zealandish

Books and other travellers say that Christchurch is the most English city in New Zealand. I'll justify that it looks rather "aristocratic British" indeed.

 

Punting on Avon river, Christchurch, New Zealand

Punting on Avon river, Christchurch, New Zealand

 

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Hobbits spotted in Christchurch?

I can not help myself in drawing a parallel between New Zealand and Middle Earth. You know, a place from "The Lord of the Rings".

Actually, the movie made such an impact, that it became one of the main selling points of the country. Beautiful, clean environment, gorgeous landscapes. Fantasy creatures inhabiting the land.

Wouldn't you say that it's hobbits that are living in the hills, just above the "normal part" of Christchurch city?

 

City street with small houses on hills in the backdrop, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Party no fun without the pills?

Party pills officially sold in specialized shops of Christchurch.
The first reaction - negative. Will try to find out more. Using strictly non-empirical means of research, naturally.

 

Party pills officially sold in specialized shops, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Are we being followed?

After close examination (not that I do it often) of a heater in our hostel room, I found out that there are two plaques on it with a warning text, saying "Do not cover" in 11 languages.

 

 

Room heater in New Excelsior hostel, Christchurch, New Zealand

 

Room heater in New Excelsior hostel, Christchurch, New Zealand

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The trinity of hospitality

11.30 P.M.
We have just arrived to New Zealand, and stand opposite the passport control booth in Christchurch airport.

 

Visitors permit - stamp in a passport, Christchurch, New Zealand

Visitors permit - stamp in a passport, Christchurch, New Zealand

The first cultural trinity learnt there:  READ MORE »

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