Entering a marae.
Treat all Marae as private property. Never enter a Marae unless you are invited or are on a guided tour. Shoes sit in front of the door to the wharenui (meeting house).
Ease aches and pains.
Ease aches and pains with a dip in Ngawha Springs geothermal hot pools. It’s therapeutic, and the locals love it! Sit in the Doctor or Bulldog.
When entering the secret world of glow worms.
Try to choose a glow worm cave with a fascinating history such as The Kawiti Caves. The caves were discovered in the 1600s by a Māori woman who was fleeing her tribe.
Wear socks when walking on the hot sand so your feet don’t get sizzled!
Keep your eye on the fuel gauge.
There are some big gaps between petrol stations so keep an eye on your fuel gauge before setting off, especially when heading off the beaten track.
One way bridges are common.
Be ready to give way at one-way bridges as there are many in Northland. Also, if you are driving a rental vehicle, remember to check whether you are insured when driving on unsealed roads.
Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard) are widely and can also be used for over-the-counter cash advances at banks and from ATMs (but be aware transactions incur charges). Diners Club and American Express cards are not as widely accepted.
To haggle or not?
Haggling and bargaining isn't traditionally part of commercial culture in New Zealand. The only circumstances where it may be accepted is at markets or during a private deal (such as the purchase of a car). Tipping is optional.
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