New Zealand is a country that takes protecting its natural beauty quite seriously; therefore, it didn’t take long for the disturbing behavior of a family visiting from England to raise alarm bells and pick up news coverage across the country.
The “holidaymakers from hell,” as they’re now known in New Zealand, are a family of twelve traveling and creating mayhem around the North Island. They are accused of stealing various items, including a Christmas tree, from a gas station; leaving trash on Takapuna Beach and becoming violent when beachgoers confronted them about their littering; abusing Burger King staff in the town of Hamilton; and wrecking a hotel room.
Members of the family were issued a deportation notice from Immigration New Zealand following the incident at Burger King, but, as of Tuesday, January 22, some members were still in the country, according to The New York Times.
Because the country is experiencing a significant increase in tourism (from 2.6 million visitors in 2015 to 3.8 million in 2018), New Zealanders are worried that the antics of this rowdy English family are just foreshadowing what’s to come in the next few years with the influx of tourists.
The New York Times reports that the New Zealand government plans to institute a tourist tax of 35 New Zealand dollars, about $23, to be split between conservation and infrastructure. The fee will come into place later this year.
One thing is clear — New Zealanders are not going to tolerate visitors causing a ruckus and trashing their pristine countryside.
H/T: The New York Times