With an abundance of national parks, a blending of Māori and Western culture, and plenty of thrill seeking activities, New Zealand has something for everyone.
There is a lot more to New Zealand than meets the eye. Keep reading for some interesting facts about New Zealand!
1. There are 6 sheep to every 1 human
A few years ago, this number was previously at 9 sheep to every 1 human!
The numbers tipped in 1982, with a reported amount of 70.3 million sheep. However, since the mid 1980s, the number has steadily decreased due to wool prices, droughts and other competitive farming activities.
2. It has a hill with the 2nd longest place name in the world
Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu is a hill located in Hawkes Bay.
The word in Māori roughly translates as “The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the slider, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower, played his nose flute to his loved one”.
3. Filming location for “The Lord of the Rings” films
The “Lord of the Rings’ trilogy was shot in New Zealand, showcasing the country’s beautiful landscapes.
Hobbiton is the only movie set still intact that travelers can visit, but you can still visit the scenery locations from the films!
4. Blue Lake has the clearest water in the world
The small Blue Lake of Nelsons Lake National Park has the clearest natural fresh water in the world, with a visibility of up to 80 metres!
The waters are regarded as sacred by the local Māori tribe so no humans are permitted to enter.
5. The Sky Tower is the tallest man-made structure in the Southern Hemisphere
Standing at 328 metres tall, the Sky Tower in Auckland is the 25th tallest tower in the world. It has several upper levels open to the public, which includes some observation decks, a revolving restaurant and a cafe.
6. There are 48 volcanic cones around Auckland
Don’t worry – none of them are dormant! The youngest and largest cone, Rangitoto, is 600 years old.
Make your way to the top of the volcanic cones for some of the best panoramic views of the Auckland region.
7. The traditional Māori greeting is called a Hongi
The Hongi is the touching of noses between two people as a greeting. During the Hongi, the breath of life is shared, signifying an important cultural gesture.