Your Perfect Kiwi Christmas On The Road

No snow, not even cold.. how are you ever going to get into Christmas mood? Maybe this is even the first ever Christmas without your family and you might feel homesick at this special time of the year. Christmas time is usually associated with spending time with your family, so what to do when they are on the other side of the world?

Sounds like it's going to be a boring and lonely holiday!? On the contrary - with a bit of planning and the right people around you it might even be the best Christmas ever!

Think about it... while all your friends and family back home are in holiday stress and run around freezing, you get to relax on the beach and spend your days enjoying summer, sand and sun!

How Kiwi's celebrate Christmas

Kiwi Christmas - Pohutukawa tree

For Kiwi's the first sign of Christmas coming is the blossoming of the Pohutukawa tree. Because it always blossoms bright red around Christmas time it is also known as the New Zealand Christmas tree.

But also traditional Christmas trees, as you might know from back home, still find their way into Kiwi homes, however often they are artificial. In terms of gifts - plenty find space underneath the trees and are usually opened December 25th. In general, since many Kiwi families are descendants from various countries, a lot of different traditions are found - especially when it comes to food. While some families have traditional British Christmas meals, many celebrate the holiday according to the temperatures - with awesome barbecues!

How to spend YOUR Kiwi Christmas?

New Zealand is definitely going to give you a different Christmas experience! It is summer, everyone is going to the beach and enjoying the outdoors. So you too better go outside and enjoy the weather, since you are probably not going to spend many summer Christmases in your lifetime (unless of course you love it so much here that you are considering to move to the southern hemisphere some day).

Here are some ideas how you could spend your best summer Christmas:

Barbecue at the beach for Kiwi Christmas

1. Barbecue at the beach

Gather your friends and spend the (hopefully) sunny day at the beach swimming, surfing, playing beach volleyball, tanning or whatever else you like.

Afterwards grab all your ingredients and prepared salads etc. and fire up your own barbecue (make sure there are no fire bans and that barbecues are allowed) or find one of the many free or coin operated barbecues around the country.

Bring a variety of meats, salads, sauces, vegetable skewers and drink and don't forget plates, cutlery and cups.