“Thank you for calling New Zealand. The country is now closed until mid-January. Please call back later”
An old joke , sure, but there’s an element of truth in it.
The country really does close down for 3 weeks over Christmas and New Year and places like Kaiteriteri a bit up the coast or the Mapua Leisure Park across the estuary get a temporary population density that challenges Hong Kong or Singapore.
So how can you tell the wind direction without the plumes of steam?