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Since rugby is the na­tional re­li­gion, Kiwi friends may in­vite you to watch a game. They like to give sta­di­ums nick­names, so the West­pac Sta­dium in Welling­ton is called the Cake Tin (be­cause it’s big and round and sil­ver), and Caris­brook in Dunedin is the House of Pain (be­cause vis­it­ing teams of­ten have a tough time there). The prized Ran­furly Shield is known as the Log o’ Wood, and so on. Feign po­lite in­ter­est. See west­pac­sta­


HIGH LIFE: (clock­wise from main) The Church of the Good Shep­herd looks across to scenic Lake Tekapo; a hiker ad­mires the vol­canic land­scape; and Palm Beach and Wai­heke Is­land, North Is­land. Getty Im­ages, Alamy

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