110 Interesting Fun Facts about New Zealand

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110 Interesting Fun Facts about New Zealand

Welcome to the board of facts! This is where random, cool, interesting, fascinating, unknown, crazy as well as useless facts are brought together. In this article, we would be considering New Zealand. Before we move further, I would like you to hear what some notable people said or wrote about this country in one circumstance or the other. Note that these may be either positive or negative but never mind

I myself prefer my New Zealand eggs for breakfast (Elisabeth II)
God bless America. God Save the Queen Christ for Australia (Russell Crowe)
If the people of New Zealand want to be part of our world, I believe they should hop off their islands, and push ‘elm closer (Lewis Black)
 You need a valid passport to visit New Zealand but you may not need a visa
 With the exception of Polar Regions, New Zealand was the last major landmass to be populated
 Wellington is the capital city of the country
 Unfortunately, virtually 90% of lowland rivers are polluted
 Tourism support more than 10% of New Zealand jobs
 Tongariro National Park is the first park to be established in New Zealand
 To become a New Zealand citizen you must take an oath of loyalty to Queen Elizabeth
 There more deaths from road accidents in New Zealand compared to the U.K because of the fewer multi-lane highways in the country
 There are no snakes in New Zealand
 There are no nuclear power stations in New Zealand
 There are almost 10 million beef and diary cattle in New Zealand
 There are 2.5 million cars for 4.4 million population in the New Zealand
 The youngest person ever to be elected to a city council in New Zealand was Miss Vick Buck at the age of 19
 The world’s first commercial bungy (or bungee) jump took place in Queenstown, New Zealand 1988
 The top five popular sports in New Zealand are rugby, golf, netball, soccer and cricket
 The top five countries New Zealand imports from are China, Australia, USA, Japan and Singapore
 The three most active volcanoes in New Zealand are Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro
 The steepest street in the world is Baldwin Street in Dunedin
 The smallest marine dolphin, the Hector dolphin is home to New Zealand
 The shortest term of a New Zealand, Prime Minister was seven days- Harry Atkinson
 The popular Lord of the Rings was filmed in New Zealand
 The pohutukawa tree is known as New Zealand Christmas tree
 The only parrot that cannot fly is the kakapo, found in New Zealand
 The oldest university is located in Dunedin City
 The official languages of New Zealand are English and Maori
 The New Zealand parliament is a unicameral body without an upper house
 The national rugby team is called the All Blacks
 The national football team is called the All Whites
 The monetary unit is the New Zealand dollar, currently lower than that of the US dollar
 The major religion of New Zealand is Christianity
 The lowest rainfall in New Zealand was a 6.6 inches in 1963-1964 at Alexandra, Center Otago
 The longest river in New Zealand is the Waikato River at 425km
 The longest blackout in the world was on February 1998, in New Zealand
 The life expectancies are; 76 years (men) and 81 years (women)
 The length of New Zealand coastline is 15,811 km
 The largest of the outlying islands are the Auckland islands, which is 606 sq km
 The largest glacier in New Zealand is the Tasman glacier at 18 miles long
 The kiwi is New Zealand’s native bird
 The international domain name is .nz
 The Hookers Sea Lion is the rarest sea lion and is home to New Zealand
 The highest rainfall in a year in New Zealand was a drenching 18.4m in 1997-1998 at Cropp River on the west of the South Island
 The highest mountain in New Zealand is Mount Cook at 3,754m high
 The graduates from New Zealand who tend to earn the highest salaries are those qualified in sciences, engineering & management and commerce
 The first newspaper in New Zealand is home to the city of Dunedin
 The first man to reach peak of Mount Everest is from New Zealand. His name is Edmund Hilary
 The first inhabitant are believed to be the Maori
 The first botanical garden in New Zealand is also home to Dunedin city
 The driving age in New Zealand is 15
 The drinking age (of alcohol) is 18
 The density per sq km is 15
 The deepest lake in New Zealand is Lake Hauroko at 462m
 The deepest cave in New Zealand is Nettlebed, Mount Arthur at 899m
 The consensual sex age is 16
 The anthem “God defend New Zealand” is sung at 100% of sporting occasions
 Since 1990, total tobacco consumption in New Zealand has fallen by over one-third
 Same-sex marriage is legal in New Zealand
 Queen Elizabeth II is officially the Queen of New Zealand
 Prostitution and brothel keeping is legal in New Zealand
 One quarter of New Zealand is wilderness
 One of the most striking physical features of New Zealand landscape is the Southern Alps
 One in five deaths in New Zealand is caused by tobacco
 No part in New Zealand is 128km far from the sea
 New Zealander Jayne Bleckley gave birth to Joseph Robert on September 3, 1999 and Annie Jessica Joyce on March 30, 2000, rating it the shortest interval between separate births in the world
 New Zealand’s Nobel Prize winner, Ernest Rutherford is known as the father of nuclear physics for his orbital theory of atom
 New Zealand’s car ownership rate one of the highest in the world
 New Zealand won the first ever Rugby World Cup, held in 1987
 New Zealand was the first country to have its three top positions of power held simultaneously by women. The Prime Minster (Helen Clark), the Governor General (Dam Silver Cartwright) and the Chief Justice (Sian Elias)
 New Zealand sheep are free of scrapples and BSE
 New Zealand produces 100kg of butter and 65kg of cheese each year
 New Zealand means ‘Land of the White Cloud’
 New Zealand largest cities are Auckland and Wellington in the North islands and Christchurch and Dunedin in the South islands
 New Zealand is the second largest producer of wool in the world
 New Zealand is the first country to see sunrise
 New Zealand is the 12th highest greenhouse gas emitters per capita in the world
 New Zealand is part of the Commonwealth
 New Zealand is one of the top five diary exporters in the world
 New Zealand is one of the most peaceful countries in the world
 New Zealand is home to the heaviest insect, aweta
 New Zealand is among the top three countries that has won more gold medals per capita than any other countries
 New Zealand is about the same size as U.K or Japan
 New Zealand has two anthem; the royal anthem- ‘God save the Queen’ and the official anthem- ‘God defend New Zealand’
 New Zealand has the third highest rate of deaths in developed world from maltreatment of children
 New Zealand has the most liberal media arenas in the world
 New Zealand has the highest number of bookshops in the world
 New Zealand has more golf courses more than any country in the world
 New Zealand has an area of 268,000 sq km
 New Zealand has 8 sheep for each human
 New Zealand generates about 10% of its electricity geothermally from volcanic heat, 55% from water flowing through hydroelectric dams
 New Zealand gave its women right to vote in 1893- a quarter century before the U.S
 New Zealand comprises two major islands- the North and the South islands
 New Zealand children in secondary schools spend less time learning foreign language, arts and religion than in other countries
 More than 2000 species are listed as threatened in New Zealand
 Many of New Zealand stone fruits (peaches, apricots) are grown in Central Otago
 Less than 5% of the population of New Zealand is human
 Less than 1% of New Zealanders make their journey by rail
 Lake Taupo was the source of the largest known eruption in the world, in the last 70 years, releasing over 530-cubit km of magma
 Lake Taupo is the largest lake in New Zealand by volume
 Katherine Mansfield is New Zealand leading figure
 It is home to the world’s oldest reptile- the Zealand tuatara
 In 1893, it became legal for male and female citizens to vote
 In 1642, Dutch explorer Abel Tasman sailed up the west coast of the place he named Niew Zeeland
 Half of New Zealand Rivers fail safe swimming standards
 Europeans make up 36% of the prisoners in New Zealand
 Europeans first discovered New Zealand in 1642; James Cook mapped the land
 Each year some 400 significant earthquakes are recorded in New Zealand
 Currently, New Zealand has free trade agreements with 14 countries
 Christmas in New Zealand follows soon after midsummer’s day
 Australia, China and the USA are the three major market exports of New Zealand
 Auckland has the highest number of boats than any other city in the world
 Around 80% of meat produced are exported
 Almost all personal financial transactions are made with card-credit or otherwise
 Agriculture totals half of all New Zealand exports
 A notable filmmaker, Peter Jackson who made King Kong was a New Zealander
 94% of those in jail in New Zealand are male
 41% of New Zealand’s families have only one child
 30% of New Zealand’s land is forested
 24% of New Zealand families have only one parent
 22% of New Zealand residents were born overseas
 194,000 served in the World War II

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
8th Feb 2013 (#)

Land of the white cloud. I should love to visit New Zealand some day, thank you for sharing this information, do you live there?

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
8th Feb 2013 (#)

New Zealand was considered to be one of the safest ccountries in the world and still is in the South Island where people sttill ive with their doors open and have a community neeighbourhood watch service.
It is also the country with the friendliest and most accessible Prime Minister who is presently in power.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
8th Feb 2013 (#)

Very goood hospitality out there too and a great sense of humourr.
Personal experience as a person from the land....

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author avatar Lucy
20th Jun 2014 (#)

This needs checking, quite a lot of the facts are wrong or half truths for example New Zealand doesn't mean land of the long white cloud, Aotearoa (which is the Maori name) translates to that.

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