I thought you were Australian then American then I FINALLY read your description and you're kiwi! Woohoo! Can you recommend any places that must be visited and food that should definitely be our priority when we go to your country?
Yes I am a kiwi birb! I can’t recommend that many places off the top of my head, it depends what you’re after really. Queenstown, Marlborough sounds, anything in the South Island is amazing and will take your breath away.
For the North Island, I find it hard because I lived there for so long so nothing seems that special to me, but Waitomo glow worm caves, Lake Taupo, Hobbiton which is the setting for LOTR, Mt Ruapehu in the winter if that’s when you go, Bay of Islands if you go in the summer. A place that holds special meaning for me is Cape Reinga, where two oceans meet, if you’re lucky enough to be there by yourself with no other tourists around if feels like your standing on the edge of the world, it gives me goosebumps every time.
I can’t say anything for food either, since we don’t really have a national dish, haha. Proper fish and chips, goodie goodie gumdrops ice cream, any fresh produce or food because it’s honestly the best, I miss it so much since I moved to Australia because everything in Australia is grown in sand and it’s gross.
And wow, that was no help at all, haha! Sorry anon.