Summer Rituals in New Zealand

November 9, 2009 Comments disabled , ,

Marble Bay Trip
View from a bach in Marble Bay by Justine Sanderson aka Titine

New Zealand cities tend to become ghost towns in the summer. Kiwis have a fondness for the natural environment and they love nothing more than to get out for some sport, tramping (New Zealand English for hiking), barbeques, or just relaxing.

Monday the 26th of October is Labour Day and it was the first three-day weekend of the warmer months. The motorways were packed with people who just wanted to be out of the cities and at the beach.

Many New Zealanders own or rent a small holiday home called a bach (pronounced like ‘batch’) in the North Island or a crib in the South Island. Some of these basic cabins have been in families for generations and they are almost always located near the beach, a river, a lake, or in the mountains.

This is Marie’s first post on PocketCultures. Marie lives in Auckland, New Zealand but was born in the United States and is a dual-national. She has lived in five countries altogether but sees New Zealand as her true home. She loves travel, and living in multi-cultural Auckland is the next best thing to being out there.

As a teacher of English and literacy skills she has met many interesting people and is intrigued by the concept of identity. She explores the relationship between identity and food in her blog Three Spoons. She would be happy to hear from anyone interested in New Zealand or who just wants to say Kia ora.

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Marie Szamborski
Marie lives in Auckland, New Zealand but was born in the United States and is a dual-national. She has lived in five countries altogether but sees New Zealand as her real home base. She loves travel, and living in multi-cultural Auckland is the next best thing to being out there.
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