Fun Facts NZ

There are 8 sheep to every New Zealander!

The longest place name still in use, and the name of a hill in NZ is: Taumatawhakatangihangaoauauotameteaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupo-kaiwhenuakitanatahu

No matter where you are in New Zealand, you're never more than one hundred miles from the ocean.

New Zealand is the first country to begin each new day.

New Zealand has no snakes or dangerous wild animals. It has one poisonous spider, the katipo, but bites are rare. No poison oak or ivy! Hike easy.

New Zealand has one of the world's highest rates of ethnic intermarriage, reflecting our diverse demographic mix.

George Bernard Shaw visited New Zealand in 1934 and when asked his impression of the place, after a pause he answered:  "Altogether too many sheep"

Maui discovered New Zealand according to Maori legend. A mythology refers that he fished the North Island out of the sea using a fish hook made from his grandmother’s jawbone.

Due to the moderating effect of the ocean, summer and winter temperatures in most NZ locations differ by less than 10 oC.

NZ invented bungee jumping.

If you dug a hole directly through the center of the earth starting in New Zealand, you would end up in Spain.