26 facts about New Zealand that will blow your mind away!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Some countries in the world have their own attractions and stories to tell. These attractions are the reason why people love to visit again and don’t feel like you are done with the country. One such place that fits in this list is New Zealand.

So before you decide to settle on one of the many New Zealand packages out there, here are 26 facts about New Zealand that you definitely want to know!

  1. The Māori name for NZ – Aoetaroa, means ‘land of the long white cloud’.
  2. New Zealand could be sunny and warm on the East Coast, while pouring with rain on the West Coast.
  3. They legalised same-sex marriage in 2013.
  4. The Kiwi is the national bird of New Zealand.
  5. The Capital City of New Zealand, Wellington is the southernmost capital city in the world.
  6. New Zealand houses Waitomo Glow worm Caves, the world’s only glow worm cave.

    Image credits: psu.edu/natesnatureblog
  7. About one-third of the country is protected national parks.
  8. There are no terrestrial land-snakes in New Zealand.
  9. According to the corruption perception index, New Zealand is one of the least corrupt countries.
  10. Every year, New Zealand produces around 100 kgs of butter and 65 kgs of cheese per person annually.
  11. Bungee jumping first began in New Zealand in the 80s.

    Bungee Jumping
    Image courtesy: www.nyoozee.com
  12. The logo of the Royal New Zealand Air Force is the Kiwi, a flightless bird.
  13. New Zealand is a home to giant carnivorous snails, Powelliphanta.

    Powelliphanta Snail
    Image courtesy: smh.com.au
  14. During World War 1, New Zealand raised an army of 100,000 men, about 10% of its population.
  15. The first man to climb Mt. Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary, was a Kiwi.

    Image courtesy: craigprimrose
  16. The longest name of a place in the world is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, a hill in Hawkes Bay.
  17. There are no nuclear power stations in New Zealand.
  18. Many scenes from the Lord of the Rings films were shot in New Zealand.

    Image courtesy: Giphy
  19. The clearest water in the world is found in the Blue Lake, in Nelson Lakes National Park.

    Nelson Lakes National Park
    Image courtesy: giphy
  20. New Zealand is home to the Maui dolphin, the world’s smallest dolphin species.

    Maui Dolphin
    Image courtesy: Giphy
  21. Only 5% of NZ’s population is human while the remainder are animals.
  22. NZ is home to more species of penguins than any other country.
  23. The Kiwi fruit was originally called Chinese gooseberries.

    Kiwi fruit
    Image courtesy: salamatbase.ir
  24. More people live in Auckland than in the whole of the South Island.
  25. Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, is the world’s steepest street that increases by 1 meter in height for every 2.86 meters traveled.

    Baldwin Street
    Image courtesy: staticflickr
  26. The heaviest insect in the world, the Giant Weta lives in New Zealand and is heavier than a sparrow and also looks like a giant cockroach.If you really are interested in visiting these unique destinations, make sure to hire a renowned New Zealand tourism package that will take care of most of your worries.

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Nigel Buthello, a man always ready to explore new places! A content writer by profession and a biker by passion, Nigel is more than ready to go where few men have gone before.

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