"Myth - New Zealand is boring and lacks attractions, everything closes at five o'clock every day, there's nothing here, and everyone is bored stiff. Well, the country is indeed different from Western norms –not in everything, but close enough.
Urban life is much slower than in a big European city, but at the same time, if you’re looking to go out, there are all the usual options available. There are theaters, movie theaters (including Imax), bars, nightclubs, pubs, sports bars, 24-hour golf courses, swimming pools, brothels, and everything from basic street food to super-exclusive restaurants. All the usual fast-food chains and brands can be found here, and are even supplemented with shops catering to the Asian market. In addition, there are of course endless possibilities to enjoy the natural environment, where pretty much everyone does what they want, except maybe cross-country skiing. If you want to hunt, (even for food) you can easily get a hunting weapon, if you want to fish, you can do that too. Aside from the normal restrictions (species/size limit/season), you do what you want.
You can do the dumbest sports outdoors, and no one will look at you funny if you walk backward on the beach swinging dumbbells, or walk 20 km a day with a weight of 100 kilos on your back, or go sea kayaking in the storm, or demonstrate every week for the inclusion of unicycle violin playing at the Olympics. You can find all the equipment for these activities in sports shops (the violin, of course, can be found in the musical instrument shop) and on the Internet, you will also find community groups for runners, dog runners, multi-dog runners, stroller multi-dog runners, and stroller multi-dog violin-playing unicyclists.
In addition, in the local newspapers – among the pictures of funeral entrepreneurs with attractive smiles – you can come across some great activities, like “let’s watch birds together”, “let’s pick up trash on an uninhabited little island in the bay together”, “let’s look at each other’s beautiful gardens while drinking tea”, and such like. People entertain themselves, and each other, and as superficial as they sometimes seem, they pay attention to each other, to the neighbors, without installing angled mirrors on their upstairs windows. The number of small local communities for music groups, Rotary Clubs, painting, hiking, amateur radio enthusiasts, diving, dancing, esotericism, sailing, and various sports clubs is endless, and whether they are into doll’s-house restoration or nature conservation, they welcome new members.
There are plenty of museums, galleries, concerts, as you’d expect in a regular big city. During the holidays, street parades are very popular, from the ANZAC Day Military Parade to the Santa Parade, and on summer weekends the downtown offers busy evenings for those looking to enjoy themselves. Of course, in tiny settlements, the above is only true to a limited extent, but that’s the case in every country. Exploring the beauty of the local nature can supply enough sights for a lifetime, travel is easy and not too expensive, and domestic tourism is a strong and well-functioning industry. Anyone who is bored here wants to be bored.”