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New Zealand Sheep and Seals

New Zealand Sheep and Seals

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Published by: Jonn Smalberg on Jun 21, 2011
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06/21/2011

 
More from New ZealandFri, 11 Feb 2005 3:05:27 -0500Thought you might be wonderingif we've become accustomed todriving on the wrong side of theroad -- it's starting to feelnatural. However it's not theonly challenge, the otherchallenge is to properly signalyour turns because the turnsignal is on the right side ofthe steering column -- not theleft. So we find ourselvesturning on the windshield wipersinstead of the turn signal!So this can leave an onlookerproperly confused as to whetherwe intend to turn or duck forcover!This highway training is alsothe first clue as to thenationality of tourists onemeets on the sidewalk. If thestranger you meet is an Americanor European they willautomatically veer to theirright to allow you to pass. Butthe Kiwis, Brits and Japs willveer to their left which putsyou right in their path and yousuddenly find yourself executinga "hongi"! (The "hongi" is thetraditional Maori greetingwherein two individuals meetingfor the first time press theirforeheads and noses together.)Also thought you might find someof the language differencesinteresting:A parking lot is a car park.Speed bumps are judder bars.A campground is a holiday park.Highways are motorways.A hiking trail is a track.A pasture is a paddock.Diapers are nappies.A vacation home is a bach.A cooler is a chilly bin.and, the forest is called thebush.The last two days we've been onthe west coast of the southisland. We spent a day at Westportwhere we visited the seal colonyat Tauranga Bay. The first timewe drove to the car park nearbyand walked to the overlook. Thenext day we hiked the 4kilometres there from FoulwindCape and back again.

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