New Zealand is an easy and generally hassle free country to visit, and while you may be getting excited about what you can expect to see and do in beautiful Aotearoa, here is some useful information about what you should not expect in New Zealand, or what is not really recommended to do during your NZ trip.
1. Too much is too much
3. Seeing many people
Consider this. New Zealand's total population is about 4.5 million, and a third of that number lives in Auckland. Perhaps the other larger cities such as Wellington, Christchurch and Hamilton combined make up for another million people. That means the rest of New Zealand is pretty empty! So don't expect crowds, or busy roads (apart from Auckland and Wellington). You'll probably see more sheep and cattle during your tour of New Zealand anyway.
Peak season in New Zealand coincides with the school holidays in NZ, which run from around mid December until around mid February, which also coincides with the best time of year for weather you may think. This is not necessarily true, and you may find that traveling in November is really pleasant, as well as March and April, in particularly March when the days are still long, the weather is still warm and very stable. So if you can, do avoid traveling around NZ in those peak summer months when many Kiwis themselves are holidaying in New Zealand.
6. New Zealand in winter
Tipping is not a custom in New Zealand, so don't tip unless you absolutely feel you had an incredible service. It is not expected from you anyway, and chances are you have forked out a lot of money already just getting to New Zealand.
8. Driving too slow, and the right side of the road
9. Ignoring weather warnings
10. Staying on the tourist trail