A Contrasting Christmas in New Zealand

Pukekura Park in Taranaki, New Zealand

You know, I’ve never worn a Christmas jumper in my life. Here in New Zealand Christmas is celebrated during the summer months, so if I want to wear one my options are to either sweat it while my fellow kiwis are playing backyard cricket in shorts and singlets, or rock one in June when it is cold enough but I’d probably look like a dick.

Taranaki Beaches

You may consider me a little ungrateful to be whining about summer, especially if you’re reading this from the northern hemisphere, but sometimes I would really like to experience a white Christmas (and wear an over the top Christmas jumper).

Instead, my Christmas in New Zealand will be spent on beaches and in backyards. I’ll team a Santa hat with a bikini and grimace with sympathy at the poor sods who wear full Santa costumes in parades to keep the kids happy.

Airy pavlovas replace dense Christmas puddings, cold beers replace mulled wine.

This time last year Jack and I were in on the Caribbean coast of Colombia over Christmas. While we still had our usual warm weather beach holiday but it was without those New Zealand traditions that I had come to associate with this time of year regardless of the white Christmas imagery most people conjure up at the word.

Cartagena, Colombia at Christmas 2014

In other words, as much as I love travel, it’s nice to be home this time around.

Pin it:

#NewZealand #celebration

© 2023 by NOMAD ON THE ROAD. Proudly created with Wix.com

The Travel Natural

  • White RSS Icon
  • White Facebook Icon
  • White Instagram Icon
  • White Pinterest Icon
  • White Twitter Icon

Hey, I'm Emma

Fuelled by wanderlust, curiosity and a little restlessness, a natural at budget travel, so naturally, a travel blogger. An experienced chef, a proud kiwi, and a burgeoning photographer. And my old friends reading and writing? We go way back.

All content is copyright of The Travel Natural and cannot be used, reproduced or manipulated without my express consent.

Last in -

Thailand & Myanmar

Napier, Lake Waikeremoana, Wellington - NZ

Currently in -

Taranaki - New Zealand

Up next -