Pedestrians do not have the right-of-way in New Zealand. Why ever not? We first noticed this in Auckland, where the cars nip at your heels. If you cross at a clearly marked crosswalk, you have a protected right-of-way. They’re actually quite charming, with zebra-striped poles and bright globes to alert drivers to look out for pedestrians.
The only problem is that they are rather thin on the ground; you might walk quite a way alongside swarming traffic before you see one. And if you don’t, and chance it, you’re as good as a possum—-and good luck to you!