Not since the 1970s oil-crisis-induced carless days I have experienced a car-free day like they are now having in Europe. The Netherlands had its version last weekend with several dozen cities and towns taking part.
Amsterdam's car free area is shown here in orange:
It includes free park and public transport ride facilities.
This of course could never happen in New Zealand. Hell will freeze over before Kiwis get out of their cars or would tolerate impeded access to wherever they want to drive on a daily basis.
With that short note, I'm off to Taupo - by coach, I might add - to enjoy the mountain air for a few days.