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10 Fun facts about New Zealand

10 Fun facts about New Zealand

After traveling through Europe together extensively, we thought we would dedicate today to exploring more exotic places. How about a talk on 10 Fun facts about New Zealand and just as many reasons to travel there.

But first, let’s remember that New Zealand is an island country in the Pacific Ocean, once a part of the British Empire (integrated at the beginning of the 19th century), now still a member of the Commonwealth. The first European to come on the island and mingle with the Maori aboriginals were the Dutch, who undertook a campaign here in 1642. Later on, when the British came to subdue the Maori, the locals were such brave, strong and fierce fighters, that it took them being outnumbered 1 to 3 to finally capitulate.

New Zealand today has 3 official languages: English, Maori and the New Zealand Sign Language.

The longest toponym in the world is – wait for it… – Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, a hill in New Zealand.

If you stop to think of it, the population of New Zealand is relatively low… at least compared to the population of animals, which is 20 times larger! So basically, only 5% of New Zealand’s inhabitants are humans. Actually, the island’s population of 4.5 million is exceeded by the number of vending machines in Japan.

New Zealand is a place of extremes: it is home to the clearest water in the world, the Blue Lake. It is also allegedly the least corrupt country in the world. It is home to the smallest species of dolphins (Hector’s Dolphin) and houses no snakes.

The population of bats in New Zealand, on the other hand, is thriving. They used to be the only land mammals on the island before the Maori settlers brought new animals with them more than 700 years ago.

To visit island-country, you can rent a car in New Zealand.

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