Nope. No thanksgiving here. If we did it would be a BBQ affair for sure. Also opposite season. We are in spring. Thanksgiving is about celebrating harvest (among other things).
Yes the fresh water fishing is supposedly some of the best in the world. Trout and Bass don't come from here, so when they brought them in there were none of the usual parasites that keep them from getting as big in their native habitat. No such thing as a pan fryer here. Would take a very big pan as the minimum legal fish is (approximately) 1 kg or just over two pounds. They obviously get much much bigger. There is a tourist park in Rotorua where they feed some of them that swim from the local lake and stream into viewing pools. The average size is around 12 pounds, some bigger. Breaks me up to see anglers from other parts of the world who look into this pool that's not much bigger than an average back yard swimming pool and must have at least three hundred of those big buggers in it. They look, stare, and often a little tear comes to their eye. Each of these would be the catch of a lifetime where they come from. It's illegal to use worms or anything other than lures (too easy). Trolling and fly fishing are the norm. Most of the rivers and lakes are well stocked so it's not too difficult. Once caught, common practice is to smoke them so that they last (remember one barely legal fish can feed several hungry people). There are also salmon that come into the south island rivers. Ocean fishing is not bad either. If you can make it, let me know well ahead of time as I’m out of the country a lot.