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20 Interesting Facts About New Zealand

New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The history of New Zealand dates back 700 years to when it was discovered. It is one of the world’s best places to live and study.

We all know that it is famous for its honey, wine, Kiwifruit and watersports. But very few of us know that it is famous for inventions and agriculture as well.

Let’s explore more about this country and have a look at the top 20 interesting facts about New Zealand.

Interesting Facts About New Zealand

1. Official Language

English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language are the three official languages in New Zealand.

2. World’s First Commercial Bungee Jump

The world’s first commercial bungee jump was started in Queenstown, New Zealand in 1988. A 43-metre leap off the Kawarau Bridge.

3. First to Climb Mount Everest

The first person to climb Mount Everest was a New Zealander. Sir Edmund Hillary first time climbed the Mount Everest in 1953.

4. Rights to Vote

In 1893, New Zealand became the first country to give women the right to vote.

5. No Nuclear Power Station

There are no nuclear power stations in New Zealand.

6. Rugby World Cup

New Zealand won the first-ever Rugby World Cup, held in 1987.

7. Olympic Gold Medal

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

8. World’s only flightless parrot

New Zealand is the home to the world’s only flightless parrot, the Kakapo. The Kakapo is also called as the owl parrot.

9. Longest Place Name

Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu
The Longest Place Name – Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu

The longest name of a place in the world is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, a hill in Hawkes Bay.

10. Southernmost Capital City

Wellington is the southernmost capital city in the world.

11. Population

Ostriches Birds

Only 5% of New Zealand’s population is human- the rest are animals.

12. Corruptions Perception Index

According to the Corruptions Perception Index, with Denmark, New Zealand is the least corrupt nation in the world.

13. World’s Smallest Dolphin Specis

Image Credit: Stuff

New Zealand is home to the world’s smallest dolphin species, Māui.

14. Lord of the Rings Trilogy

The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed in New Zealand. Over 150 real-world locations were used for the key scenes like Mordor, Rivendell and Hobbiton.

15. Split the Atom

Ernest Rutherford

Baron Ernest Rutherford from New Zealand was the first person in the world to split the atom in 1919.

16. Least Populated Countries

New Zealand Population

The size of New Zeland is just about the size of Japan, but the population is just over four million. It makes New Zealand one of the least populated countries in the world.

17. Watersports

Watersports in New Zealand

New Zealand is a great place for those who love watersports. If you love surfing, sailing, scuba diving and other watersports then New Zealand is a place to be.

18. Largest Number of Boats

Auckland, New Zealand has the largest number of boats per capita than any other city in the world.

19. Clearest Water in the World

Blue Lake, in Nelson Lakes National Park of New Zealand, has the clearest water in the world.

20. No Land Snakes

In New Zealand, there are no land snakes, native or introduced.

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