Adventure awaits you in New Zealand, a small duo of islands located off the southeastern coast of Australia. If you’ve heard of someone referred to as being a ‘Kiwi’, then there’s a good chance that person is a New Zealander, as the country’s national bird is the Kiwi.
Aside from New Zealand having an adorable mascot, here are a few other facts you might like to know as you get ready to go see this incredible place.
Fun Fact #1: For every person that lives in New Zealand, there are about 9 sheep. That’s right: wool exports are big business in New Zealand, and sheep are a common sight, especially in the countryside areas.
Fun Fact #2: The clearest lake in the world is located in a small town in New Zealand called Nelson. This lake, aptly named ‘Blue Lake’ gives visitors a stunning window into the vastness of mother nature.
Fun Fact #3: The only native land mammals throughout New Zealand are bats. And, there’s a lot of bats in New Zealand. Don’t be surprised if you see a few of them zipping here and there as you’re out strolling in the evening!
Fun Fact #4: In New Zealand, you can visit the location with the longest place name among all English-speaking countries. Ready for this? The location is called:
“Taumatawhakatangihangaoauauotameteaturipukakapikimaungah – oronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu.”
Try saying that ten times really fast!
Fun Fact #5: There is a bird in New Zealand that preys on windshield wipers. It’s true: this bird, known as the Kea, seeks out the rubber part of windshield wipers and picks it away. This results in a lot of frustrated motorists.
Fun Fact #6: This is a bonus for those who are afraid of snakes – there are none! That’s right. You will not find a single native snake throughout the country. Everyone who visits the country is screened for snakes upon entry, also, to make sure it stays that way!
Fun Fact #7: The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed in various parts of New Zealand. Many believe the reason for this lies in the dramatic natural vistas and incredibly lush, green environments. It’s true that New Zealand has some of the most varied flora to be found anywhere, so it’s no wonder it was chosen to be the setting of such a big-name Hollywood production.
Now that you’re a bit better educated about New Zealand, start learning how to speak with that distinct New Zealand accent. It’s a bit like Australian, but not exactly…you have to get the hang of it to be a considered a real Kiwi!