New Zealand Facts: It’s a Chocolate Lover’s Dream
Chocoholics rejoice! The South Island city of Dunedin celebrates chocolate for a whole week during the Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival in July. One of the highlights has organizers letting two sets of 25,000 Jaffas loose. As the chocolate candies roll down Baldwin Street—the steepest street in the world—thousands of spectators eagerly await their arrival. (Just for the record, Dunedin is known as the “quirky capital of New Zealand” and this small city also boasts the country’s only annual naked rugby game.)
New Zealand Facts: It’s an Art Deco Delight!
Did you know that New Zealand’s North Island’s Napier is known as the “Art Deco City” and maintains that title because of the local Art Deco Trust? The buildings in Napier underwent massive reconstruction after an earthquake in 1931, which almost levelled the city. Art Deco was in fashion at the time and it greatly influenced the rebuilding. Now Napier and South Beach in Miami, Florida are considered the two best preserved Art Deco towns in the world.
New Zealand Facts: It’s Paradise for Beer Lovers
Wine lovers will want to know that New Zealand is well-known for wine tours and tastings, but for those who like their drink with a little hop, there are also a wide range of microbreweries and brewery tours. For beer aficionados, there are many different types to choose from including North Island’s Galbraith’s Alehouse in Auckland, Waiheke Island Brewery on Waiheke Island, and Sunshine Brewery in Gisborne. The South Island brew opportunities include The Twisted Hop in Christchurch, Moa Brewery in Blenheim, and Bays Brewery in Nelson. Asking what local microbrew to try in any local bar or pub is sure to make you new friends.