Weirdest things visitors Google before coming   6 Feb 2017

8 Feb 2017

Does New Zealand celebrate halloween?  Is Auckland a dangerous town- these are some of the subjects visitors Google before coming.

Visitors to New Zealand  are somewhat confused about our laws, weather, politics and existence, according to new research from Kiwi Movers, an international shipping firm based in London (but founded by a Kiwi).

Researchers in 13 countries, including Malaysia, India, Germany and France collated the top Google autocomplete suggestions for queries about New Zealand and its largest cities by population. In doing so, they identified the most common search queries about New Zealand and its towns and cities performed by people living in other countries.

Each researcher entered “Does (place)...” and let Google’s autocomplete function do its thing.

So if you’ve ever wondered what people actually know about our country - and what they don’t - wonder no more.

See the full results for every city and place here.

The autocomplete suggestions ranged from funny and confusing, to sad and depressing.

The most common searches for our major cities had nothing to do with culture or entertainment and were almost exclusively focused on the availability of Uber and airport wifi.

What do visitors want to know New Zealand’s towns and places? Top autocomplete suggestions by country

Does New Zealand... celebrate Halloween?  - USA
Does Auckland... have Uber? - South Africa

Does Wellington…get snow? - USA & South Korea

Does Christchurch…have Uber? - New Zealand, Australia, and South Korea

Does Hamilton?…have dialogue? - South Africa and the U.K.

Does Dunedin…hospital have wifi? - USA, New Zealand, Australia, and Hong Kong

Does Tauranga…have an airport? - Australia and South Africa

Sadly, the good people of France have more questions about  Beef Wellington than Wellington, NZ.

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Wishful thinking on the part of Germany? Sorry guys, you’ll need a visa to come and live here.FINGERNZ.jpg

Sadly, for residents of Hamilton, Brits are more concerned with the popular broadway play of the same name

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Regan McMillan, director of Kiwi Movers, believes the results reflect the different priorities of travellers around the world:

As Kiwis located in London who come into contact with people from all over the world, it’s easy to assume everyone is clued up about life down under, but this research suggests otherwise.
“Taking the queries as a whole, it seems people want to know that they can get about, stay connected and be safe when they come to our countries.

“If you dig a little deeper, it becomes clear that New Zealand is an attractive place to live as well as visit. Non-English speaking countries such as India were eager to learn about the language requirements of immigration, a great reflection of the countries desirability as a place to call home”

“The fact that people are more interested in Beef Wellington than our wonderful town may speak to the need for better marketing of our key destinations”

What do natives of New Zealand want to know about their homeland?

Search

Place

New Zealand asks

Does

New Zealand

have a constitution?

Does

Auckland

zoo have polar bears?

Does

Wellington

zoo have elephants?

Does

Christchurch

have uber?

Does

Hamilton

have an airport?

Does

Dunedin

hospital have wifi?

Does

Tauranga

have fluoride in the water?

What confuses other English speaking nations about New Zealand? 

Search

Place

the USA asks

Canada asks

South Africa asks

the UK asks

Australia asks

Does

New Zealand

celebrate halloween?

have poisonous animals?

exist?

have NHS?

have daylight savings time?

Does

Auckland

have uber?

have uber?

have uber?

get earthquakes?

airport have free wifi?

Does

Wellington

get snow?

have a casino?

get cold?

have a casino?

get cold?

Does

Christchurch

have fluoride in the water?

airport close at night?

what are things to do in christchurch?

have a beach?

have uber?

Does

Hamilton

what are things to do in Hamilton?

have a fire ban?

have spoken lines?

have dialogue

island have a supermarket?

Does

Dunedin

hospital have wifi?

have an airport?

have an airport?

does it snow in Dunedin?

hospital have wifi?

Does

Tauranga

celebrate auckland anniversary?

have uber?

have an airport?

have uber?

have an airport

What do visitors from the other visiting nations want to know about New Zealand?

Search

Place

Singapore asks

Japan asks

Germany asks

France asks

Does

New Zealand

is a visa required for New Zealand?

what time is it in New Zealand?

is New Zealand in the EU?

why is the Kiwi the symbol of New Zealand?

Does

Auckland

in which continent is auckland?

is auckland dangerous?

is Auckland a town?

is Auckland a dangerous town?

Does

Wellington

where is Wellington?

where is Wellington?

is Wellington in Canada?

what is Beef Wellington?

Does

Christchurch

what time is it in christchurch?

airport have lockers?

how many people does Christchurch have?

does Christchurch have earthquakes?

Does

Hamilton

na

have talking?

is Hamilton a good watch brand?

does Hamilton have things to see?

Does

Dunedin

na

na

is Dunedin worth seeing?

na

Does

Tauranga

na

na

na

na




 

Search

Place

Malaysia asks

South Korea asks

Hong Kong asks

China asks

India asks

Does

New Zealand

have snakes?

accept refugees?

allow dual citizenship?

have rabies?

require IELTS?

Does

Auckland

experience winter and why?

have earthquakes?

have earthquakes?

airport close?

airport close?

Does

Wellington

does it snow is Wellington?

get cold?

Is Wellington north or south of 40 degrees s line of latitude?

na

get snow?

Does

Christchurch

does it snow is Christchurch?

have uber?

get snow?

have an earthquake today?

have a beach?

Does

Hamilton

does it snow is Hamilton?

na

does lewis hamilton have a new girlfriend?

na

na

Does

Dunedin

na

na

hospital have wifi?

na

na

Does

Tauranga

na

na

celebrate auckland anniversary?

na

na

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