How should my kiwi comrades get back at the high Australian dollar? Given that the NZ dollar is about AUD 0.75, you should make your coins – up to the $2 one – exactly the same as the Australian ones. That way you would be able use them in all the Australian coin machines and save heaps. You’ll find them at railway stations, bus stops, cigarette machines, as parking meters, and so on.

And seriously, people, you should travel on your local trains. The Northern Explorer (which I have taken now on three occasions) is one of the great train journeys of the world. It travels daily between Auckland and Wellington and passes through some stunning countryside. It’s comfortable, relaxing, therapeutic and amazing.