23 Interesting Facts about New Zealand

  1. New Zealand is home to the longest place name in the world. It is called Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, a hill in Hawkes Bay. 
  2. No where in the country is more than 79 miles (128km) away from the sea.
  3. The capital of New Zealand is Wellington – which is also the southernmost capital in the world
  4. A New Zealand lake has the clearest water in the world. The lake, Blue Lake is located in the Nelson Lakes National Park
  5. Its also home to the smallest dolphin species – Maui’s dolphin or popoto is also the worlds rarest dolphin and can be found off the west coast of the North island.
  6. Its also home to more species of Penguins than any other country
  7. The island has zero snakes, either native or introduced
  8. About a third of the country is protected national Park
  9. The country is roughly the same size as the UK but only has a population of about 4.4 million (in the UK in comparison as 64 million people).
  10. There are more vending machine sin Japan than people in New Zealand
  11. Auckland a major city on the North Island has more people living in it, than the whole of the southern Island
  12. Only 5% of the population is human – the rest are animals
  13. Ninety mile Beach should actually be called 90 Kilometre beach or 56 miles beach as that’s the true length.
  14. Its also home to the worlds steepest street. It has a gradient of 1. 2.86 at its steepest section (38% grade) – the street is called Baldwin Street and is in Dunedin
  15. The first person to climb Mt. Everest was Sir Edmund Hillary a kiwi
  16. New Zealand was the first country in the world to give women the right to vote – 1893.
  17. Unlike its neighbour Australia , New Zealand doesn’t actually have any dangerous or poisonous animals (with the one tiny exception of the Katipo Spider)
  18. If you are going I hope you like Golf, it has over 400 golf courses – that’s ones for every 9,000 people. That’s the highest number of golf courses per capita in the world.
  19. New Zealand was the last major landmass to be populated – excluding the polar regions.
  20. A native bird of New Zealand – the Kea is known for pulling of windscreen wipers off cars and eating the strips of rubber from windows.
  21. The country has three official languages: English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language.
  1. Gisborne Airport, located on the East cost of the North Island has a train track running through the middle of the runway. Its not unusual for train and planes to stop to let the other one move out of the way.
  2. More people die each year from playing lawn bowls than from scuba diving – we all know how rough and dangerous lawn bowls are

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