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We (husband & wife from Canada) will be touring Auckland for 5 days, followed by visiting family in Australia for 2 weeks. We have been to Australia approx 5 years ago and it really caught us off guard to NOT tip. Can you tell me - is it customary to not tip in Auckland and surrounding area as well? We really struggle with not tipping especially when it comes to an exceptional tour guide. Any guidance on this subject? Also, what kind of weather can we expect during the last week of November? Thanks.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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Thank you.

Whangarei, Northland
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In Nz, no tipping is expected.

If you get absolutely exceptional service from someone then a small tip might be appropriate, but it should definitely just be in exceptional circumstances.

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Tipping is not expected, so should you choose to tip, it would be most UN-expected! Let "exceptional circumstances" (as above) be your rule of thumb.

RE weather in Nov. [Hopefully] we will be a bit more settled as it's been rather chilly of late. Do bring a light coat/sweater as it's the wind that makes it cold. If you do find it cold (and you need an extra layer), The Warehouse chain of shops has really cheap garments should you need them.

Lahaina, Hawaii
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Don't ask me why us Yanks still measure in feet and yards, weigh stuff by the ounce and pound, and salary our employees with an archaic cryptic system of noblesse oblige, but I digress.........

One thing I do know is that it's a whole lot easier for us to understand your methods when we vacation than it is for you to untangle ours!

See y'all next March!

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No no no. we do not want to encourage tipping in NZ. have lived in both Nz and USA. tipping is wrong. In NZ it is the employers responsibility to ensure that workers receive at least minimum wages. It is the employers responsibility to ensure good service and standards adhered to. No need for bribery in NZ. it always felt like that. And on our recent trip to Vietnam the pressure to tip ruined a lot of the wonderful appreciation of the culture because it was not for genuine sake. Hopefully people in NZ are genuinely nice to you because they are genuinely nice without any thought of a reward for it. It just comes naturally most of the time.

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As an alternative, some businesses have nominated charities (for us it is NZ Forest & Bird Society), so you could do it that way.

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