Thanks for all of the replies! This is something we are excited about and did find that misconceptions about the US are rampant and knew it would be the same with New Zealand. We had an exchange student live with us from Italy last school year. She was very disappointed that the US was NOT like the movies haha! So we did get to see these misconceptions first hand and it was interesting. My son is 17 and naturally has had more questions. His biggest is, how is the internet there? He is concerned if he will be able to "game" online with his buddies.
My husband did make a trip to Napier last year for business and said he loved the town, I look forward to getting there!