GAMBLING There is horse racing in and near Auckland with pari-mutuel betting. Almost any week end or holiday race meetings take place within easy distance of the larger towns. Bets can be placed on any race in New Zealand through the Totalisator Agency Board which has representative offices in all towns.
LANGUAGE – .The language is English. Due to the number of troops stationed in New Zealand during the Second World War, American colloquialisms are readily understood, some adopted.
LAUNDRY AND DRY CLEANING These services are available at leading hotels and are on a par with similar services in the United States, although, perhaps, not so speedy.
LIQUOR I . Alcoholic beverages are sold only in licensed hotels and between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Scotch whisky, imported wines and liqueurs are available; beer and ale is plentiful. Guests living at licensed hotels are served up to 10:00 p.m.
MEDICAL FACILITIES There are good hospitals and doctors.
MOTION PICTURES Current American and British films are shown at theaters throughout the country.
MUSIC There is a New Zealand National Symphony Orchestra, which tours the country regularly. Maori singing is very melodious and can be heard at concerts in Rotorua.
NIGHT CLUBS AND CABARETS I Night clubs do not figure to any extent in New Zealand’s life, but there are a few in Auckland. Among them: Restaurant Sorrento on One Tree Hill, dinner-dance with floor show, Wednesday and Saturday nights; Kenley Road House, Swanson, dinner-dance every evening (by reservation); Town and Country Club, dinner-dance week nights, except Monday and Friday.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Color and black-and-white still and movie films, cameras and equipment are available. Prices are higher than in the United States. Black-and-white stills can be developed in a day, color tess than a week. Or you can take undeveloped film back home.
RELIGION: This is a Protestant country, but you will find all denominations represented. Baptist Tabernacle, Top Queen Street; Churches of Christ, Ponsonby Road; Church of England, Wellesley Street West; Congregational Church, Beresford Street; First Church of Christ Scientist, 116 Symonds Street; Jewish Synagogue, Princes Street; Methodist Church, Pitt Street; Presbyterian Church, Symonds Street; St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Wyndham Street; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Upper Queen Street.