THAT YOU DIDN'T ALREADY KNOW (MAYBE)
New Zealand is a quirky little nation and we are very proud of our slightly weird and wonderful ways. You want to know a couple of fun facts about New Zealand that you didn't already know? Read on dear friends and be amused.
- Let's start off with the most wonderful time of year - Christmas. In NZ, all television advertising is BANNED on Christmas Day! No annoying ads or jingles interrupting your post-Christmas dinner slob-out session. Thank you Santa!
- Ever thought 'I wonder where the steepest street in the road is?' Me too. Often. Well I can tell you it is in fact Baldwin Street in Dunedin, with a gradient of 1 in 2.86.
- And what about the country's politics? Did you know in 1893 New Zealand was the first country to give women the right to vote? On top of that, New Zealand is considered the least corrupt nation in the world, alongside Sweden, Finland and Denmark.
- On the subject of politics, in 1982 New Zealand appointed an official 'Wizard of Christchurch'. Yep. That we know of, New Zealand is still the only country to have a government-appointed Wizard. His duties include casting out evil spirits, cheering up the population and to put New Zealand on top of the world both physically and metaphysically.
- For those disbelievers out there, he was invited to Tamworth, AU to do a rain dance to break a drought. And it worked. If that's not magic I don't know what is…
- Let's move it on over to cinema - "Lord of the Rings". Need I say more? What better reason to visit NZ than to check out the place where a worldwide cinema phenomenon was born.
- Now, did you know that whilst NZ and the UK are very similar in size, New Zealand has a population of only ~4 million in comparison to the 63 million people living in the UK…
- However, turns out only 5% of New Zealand's population are humans! On the same note, New Zealand is the home to more species of penguins than any other country in the world.
- Keeping nature in mind, Blue Lake in Nelson Lakes National Park has been given the official stamp of clearest water in the world.
- Oh, and if bragging rights are included, I would personally go to New Zealand just to say that I visited the location where the longest place name in the world exists. Want to take a guess? No? Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu. Yes, that's a word.
- And if we could just take a moment longer on the bragging front, we're proud to announce that New Zealand was voted the world's best country in 2007 and 2008 consecutively by Wanderlust magazine. We don't know what's happened since then but we still think it's the best…
See? Fun facts about New Zealand run a little deeper than kiwi birds and rolling green hills. I'd suggest you get yourself over here, hop on one of our Kiwi Experience buses and discover all the little quirks this beautiful country has to offer.