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plode

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  1. Don't tip in New Zealand, it is not necessary. A few restaurants will have a jar on the counter where you can leave a tip if you want to but you don't have to. Tipping is not our way of life here and we have never tipped in our home country. Keep your tips money and spend it on sightseeing. Enjoy
  2. I am a kiwi (NZ) and my response to your question would be this, while travelling in NZ. I wouldn't worry so much about protocol while you are here. Any greeting works fine, people won't be too bothered. If you greet a Maori it would be nice to greet them with Kia Ora, nobody seems to say it the same way but just that you have made an effort helps. Sometimes this greeting is used in the tourist industy, eg hotels etc but sometimes not. Generally people here are very laid back and friendly if you engage them in conversation, irrespective of where you come from. Generally we don't talk politics or Treaty of Waitangi issues. If you are interested in the treaty I suggest you read up on it or visit the Waitangi Treaty grounds. Honestly we just want visitors to enjoy their time here. If you are looking for conversation starters, go lightly, eg weather, nice places to visit nothing to polarizing and you will be fine. Don't tip here, its not necessary, unless you feel that someone has gone over and above in their service. Don't feel guilty, no one will take any notice. Enjoy. Hope this helps 🙂
  3. Does anyone have any experience with Carnival Spirit and food allergies. I am asking about a serious fish allergy, gluetin allergy and dairy free foods. Are these readily available? Are they palatable? Thanks for your help.
  4. Does anyone have any experience with Carnival Spirit and food allergies. I am asking about a serious fish allergy, gluetin allergy and dairy free foods. Are these readily available? Are they palatable? Thanks for your help.
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