I hate tourist towns, AKA, how I got my first speeding ticket:
While passing through Wanaka, a tourist town in the southern island, I got pulled over for a speeding ticket, for allegedly going 11 km (less than 7 miles) above the speed limit. In an area right after a 100 km limit transitioned to a 50 km limit. Going downhill.
The accompanying fine was $80; if I had been measured at going 1km / hour less, the fine would have been $20.
I’m pretty sure the police were intentionally preying on tourists in rental vehicles too – I got tailed another two times that same day. And of course, there is no way to appeal the ticket, being a tourist.
I’m going to try and think of this as an involuntary donation to help New Zealand’s finances, but I’m quite miffed.
I have noticed though, that at least in New Zealand, tourist towns are really, really shitty. Without fail, the libraries have wifi & internet access but charge for it, parking is paid parking only, and everything is 50% more expensive than it should be.