Two journalists: Natalie Paris and Hugh Morris, writing for the UK’s Telegraph (the UK was the host country for the recent Rugby World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia) have voted Australia to be the better country between NZ and Australia, despite the outcome of the controversial match.
The Daily Telegraph, says Australia wins over New Zealand for
Attractions – the Hobbtion set and non-specific ‘scenery’ loses big time to Uluru, the Sydney Opera House and the Great Barrier Reef. Australia wins.
Culture – Indigenous cultures between the two countries appear to balance each other out. Sydney leads the way for internationally renewed music and arts events, followed by Melbourne’s “hip and exciting music scene” and its multitude of museums and galleries. While NZ has a “home-grown” music scene but “tiny Tasmania” has art that makes a “greater splash than the “world famous (in NZ) Mona Museum!. Australia wins
Silver Screen – Australia gave the world Baz Luhrmann’s Australia, Mad Max and Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Crocodile Dundee was the “best thing to ever come crawling out of the bush”, soaps like Neighbours, Home and Away, Heartbreak High and Prisoner Cell Block H. New Zealand showcased its countryside in the (British)Tolkein fantasies, Black Sheep got a mention as did Flight of the Conchords who’s creators had to move all the way to New York to find a comic foil. Australia wins.
Cuisine – The two countrys’ wines almost cancel each other out but Australia wins “for variety”. Sydney has restaurants that “showcase cuisine from all over the world”. Auckland has a plethora of Korean restaurants and NZ;s chippies offer deep fried oysters and mussels. Australia outstrips NZ’s “small-town options”. Overall, Australia wins.
Transport – Australia has two of the world’s longest and most impressive train journeys- the Chan and the Indian Pacific. NZ offers some remarkable ferry cruises around the “fjords” and has some mountain roads that offer “mean road trips” but epic train adventures takes it: Australia wins.
Weather – Australian heat and sun are considered too taxing for the British constitution. NZ wins
Landscape – a tie.
Sports/activites – NZ’s national pastime is “jumping off stuff” and they were favourites to win the rugby. NZ wins
Nightlife – Melbourne has a “cutting edge live music scene and a good range of trendy and alternative bars and pubs”. More glamourous Sydney is the place to “be seen” in chic harbourside bars and rooftop clubs, The Gold coast “busses” and Perth. NZ has good pubs and has 2enjoyable” cocktail bars in its capital, but skip “sleepy Auckland” and head to Queenstown if you want “crazy”. Australia wins.
“Australia has beaten New Zealand quite soundly”
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