Tuesday, December 12

New Zealand 50 Fun Facts

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1.The Maori name for New Zealand is Aotearoa, whichmeans the land of the long white cloud.

2. New Zealand has two official national anthems at eye level – God defend New Zealand and God Save theQueen.

3. Kiwi Refers to native flightless bird of New Zealandand used as a slang term for a New Zealander. Kiwiscall the fruit kiwi, also known as Chinese gooseberry.

4. A New Zealand citizen, you need to swear an oath ofallegiance Queen Elizabeth.

5. The official languages are English and Maori.

6. The Treaty of Waitangi, signed on 6 February 1840,establishment of a British Governor in New Zealand,Maori ownership recognized in their land and otherproperties, and the rights of Maori were British subjects.

7. The largest city in New Zealand is Auckland.

8. Auckland City Sky Toweris the tallest free standingstructure in the southern hemisphere in meters 328th

9. Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, the southern capital of the world.

10.I t was in 1893 legally vote, the first major nation to universal suffrage, and all male and female New Zealandcitizens.

11.New Zealand is part of the Pacific Rim of Fire.Mount Ruapehu, situated in the middle of the NorthIsland, is the most active volcano on the mainland.

12.You drive on the left side of the road in New Zealand, and always the way for cars on the right.

13. Three-quarters of New Zealand’s population live in the North Island and a quarter of the population live inAuckland.

14. New Zealand has 6000 km coast and the furthest isonly 120km inland from the coast.

15. The Surville Cliffs is the northernmost point in New Zealand, 3kilometre further than Cape Reinga(popularly known as the northernmost point).

16.The Slope Point is the southernmost point in New Zealand (although bluff known better), except StewardIceland.

17. Lake Taupo was a crater of the largest knownoutbreak in the world caused 26,500 years old. It isroughly the size of Singapore Island and CaribbeanIsland of St. Lucia

18. East Polynesian settlers (Maori) arrived in New Zealand between 800 and 1300. 

19. New Zealand and Australia’s highest mountainAoraki Mount Cook, standing at 3754 meters.

20. 30% of New Zealand’s land is forest.

21. Ninety-mile beach is only 55 miles long.

22. The largest glacier in New Zealand is the Tasman Glacier on the 28.5km long.

23. Dunedin is home to the oldest university in New Zealand’s first newspaper and the first botanical gardens.

24. Gisborne is the first major city in the world to see the sunrise. It is 496.3kilometres from the date line.

25. New Zealand was the first country to have the top three positions held simultaneously by women – Prime Minister Helen Clark, Dame Silvia Cartwright Governor-General and Chief Justice Sian Elias.

26. The Lord of the Rings was filmed entirely in New Zealand.

27.  Bungee jumping was invented by a New Zealander, AJ Hackett, and the world’s first location in Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown.

28.  New Zealand has won more Olympic gold medals, per capita than any other country.

29.  Sir Edmund Hillary, a New Zealander born in Auckland, the first man on Mount Everest was to reach the summit. His face is now on the $ 5 note.

30.  Ernest Rutherford, known as the father of nuclear physics for his orbital theory of the atom, is a Nobel Prize winner and New Zealand.

31. New Zealand is fairly liberal, same-sex marriage by and travelling with a 15-year-consensual sex at 16, drinking age is 18 (minors allowed alcohol, accompanied by an adult), prostitution and recreation.

32.  There is a birth every 8 minutes 13 seconds and a net migration gain of one resident in New Zealand every 25 minutes 49 seconds.

33. New Zealand has the highest ratio of golf courses and bookstores to people than any other country in the world.

34. There are 9 sheep every 1 person in New Zealand – Population in 2010, 4.3 million people.

35. New Zealand is one of the top five dairy exporters in the world.

36. New Zealand has one of the highest car ownership rates in the world, with 2.5 million cars for 4 million people.

37. There are about 14,000 earthquakes in New Zealand each year.

38. The first European to discover New Zealand was Dutch navigator Abel Tasman in 1642.

39. English Captain James Cook arrived in 1769 and mapped the land.

40. The largest kauri tree in the world, Tane Mahuta, is in the Waipoua Forest in Northland region. It is estimated those 1250-2500 years old.

41. The largest kauri tree in the world, Tane Mahuta, is in the Waipoua Forest in Northland region. It is estimated those 1250-2500 years old.

42.  Pohutukawa tree is the New Zealand Christmas tree, the purple flowers bloom for a few weeks in the summer in December.

43. Moa was one of the largest birds in history, standing too high 3.6metre. They were hunted to extinction at the end of the 1500s.

44.  New Zealand hosts the world’s oldest reptile – Tuatara – that’s been around for 200 million years is the heaviest insect in the world is a New Zealand home – Weta.

45. Possums and rabbits are considered pests in New Zealand.

46. New Zealand cities are among the worlds most liveable because of the education, economic freedom and the absence of corruption, etc.

47. There are no snakes in New Zealand.

48. There are no predators in New Zealand before European arrival.

49.There are no nuclear power plants in New Zealand.

50. The world’s steepest street Baldwin Street in Dunedin.

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