Starts at 60 Travel at 60 menu Menu To give you a better idea, here are seven traditions that only Kiwis will be able to understand and relate to. The culture of New Zealand is essentially a Western culture influenced by the unique environment and geographic isolation of the islands, and the cultural input of the indigenous Māori people and the various waves of multi-ethnic migration which followed the British colonisation of New Zealand.. Polynesian explorers reached the islands between 1250 and 1300. New Zealand was one of the last lands to be inhabited by humans. Up to this day, the Maori culture is a core part of the New Zealand national identity. New Zealand history.

A culmination of Maori customs and European-based quirks have helped this country carve out its own set of customs. Food and social occasions.

The traditions of New Zealand’s indigenous peoples are not only celebrated, but they provide an exciting and magical insight into the country.

Over eight hundred years ago the Maori people voyaged thousands of miles across the great unknown Pacific Ocean in small canoes and became the first inhabitants of New Zealand. New Zealand may be a young country, but it’s not devoid of compelling traditions. Whether it is a picnic on the beach, a hāngi (traditional Māori method of cooking food in an earth oven) at your child's school, or a barbeque with neighbours, you will find that food and friendship go together in New Zealand. Sharing food is a common Kiwi way of bringing people together in a relaxing atmosphere. New Zealand is a land of great contrasts and diversity.Active volcanoes, spectacular caves, deep glacier lakes, verdant valleys, dazzling fjords, long sandy beaches, and the spectacular snowcapped peaks of the Southern Alps on the South Island—all contribute to New Zealand’s scenic beauty.