There is a fine line that separates a wonderful corporate holiday from a disastrous one. That line is how you think on your feet and make the most of what NZ roads throw at you. You might get lost and see a detour that takes you farther from your destination, but that does not mean there is no better landmark waiting ahead.
Here is what to expect and how you should react:
Bustling Tourist Spots
Auckland is not just teeming with locals; there are also plenty of tourists just like you. You may find it easy to get lost in a crowd, which is part of the adventure if you are a solo backpacker, but if you are with a group, it’s best to get a local SIM card to contact each other easier. Having name badges is also an easy way to recognise the people you are with.
Auckland is one of the most popular cities in New Zealand; you will not run out of encounters with cars, buses and other motor vehicles. If you are travelling with a crowd and want a convenient way to go around, a minibus hire could be just the solution. It’s got plenty of room for your family or friends, but it is not too much that you will feel like you are on a school bus.
New Zealand has a pretty laid back lifestyle, which means the people you meet might be more chatty than you are used to. Take their positive disposition at face value, be polite and you might just find yourself directed to a hidden treasure in the city. A simple smile and braving your shyness to ask for directions will pay off when you see more than what you went to NZ for.
It is worthwhile to visit Auckland at least once in your life. While there, be prepared to take on what Kiwis throw at you with a smiling face.