SMALL, UNIQUE AND JUST A LITTLE BIT QUIRKY, HERE'S 20 FUN NEW ZEALAND FACTS TO PULL OUT, HEADING FROM NORTH TO SOUTH:
1. NINETY MILE BEACH
This famously long beach is actually 55miles or 88km long. There's still more than enough space for you to body-board down the beach's towering sand dunes.
2. BAY OF ISLANDS
Blue sky and 144 islands what you're after? A 2006 study found that the Bay of Islands has the world's second bluest sky – second only to the bluer-skied Rio de Janeiro.
Known as "the city of sails" Auckland is the largest Polynesian city in the world and also has the highest number of boats per capita worldwide.
4. CATHEDRAL COVE COROMANDEL
A natural cave linking two beaches in this stunning marine reserve, Cathedral Cove has been immortalised on the big screen, featuring in one of the Narnia films, and more recently in Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's "Can't Hold Us" music video.
Famous for the small sparkling creatures found in its caves, glow worms aren't actually a worm but a type of larva. The hungrier the larva, the brighter they glow!
6. MATAMATA / HOBBITON
The beer drunk during the filming of The Hobbit was a 1% dark stout, custom made by New Zealand brewers.
New Zealand's largest lake (which is the same size as Singapore) holds the title of largest known volcanic eruption. The eruption in 186AD blew out so much ash it turned skies as far as China red.
Definitely a quirky kiwi invention, the Zorb, a giant rubber ball which you're secured inside before rolling downhill, was created in Rotorua and can reach speeds of up to 50km/hr.
9. ROTORUA X2
Our iconic bird the kiwi, lays the largest eggs in relation to body size of any type of bird in the world. With nostrils at the end of its beak it is also the only bird that has a sense of smell.
Our cool capital is the world's most southern capital city – and possibly the windiest too!
The stunning Blue Lake in Nelson National park is officially the clearest water in the world with visibility up to a huge 80m.
Famous for the Pancakes Rocks, these limestone formations resemble towering grey stacks of the fluffy breakfast food. Formed 30 million years ago on the seabed floor, the elements have since worn away at softer parts of the rocks to leave these pancake shaped formations.
13. FOX GLACIER
Quick like a fox you could say, the 13km long Fox Glacier moves at 10 times the speed of any other valley glacier worldwide.
Whale-watching capital of the country, Kaikoura has no shortage of marine life. One of the few places where Giant Sperm Whales are found close to land, this is owes to the massive 3km deep Kaikoura Canyon just offshore. The canyon creates an unusual sea current with a rich marine food chain, meaning plenty of fish for these giants to feast on!
Fitting that the capital of extreme sports is also the birthplace of modern bungee jumping. It was at Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown where AJ Hackett launched the very first commercial bungee jump in 1988.
16. AORAKI / MOUNT COOK
Standing at 3754m high Mount Cook is New Zealand's highest mountain. In Maori Aoraki means 'cloud piercer'. Strike it on a good day and you'll get to see it in all it's magnificent mountain glory. On more cloudy days it tends to get covered by clouds, rather than piercing them!
17. MILFORD SOUND
With an average rainfall of 6,813mm (268in) Milford Sound is one of the wettest places on earth. However there's a reason it's one of New Zealand's most stunning attractions, all this rain means dozens of gushing waterfalls and a lush rainforest year-around.
18. AKAROA HARBOUR
Found only in New Zealand, Hector's dolphins are the world's smallest and rarest dolphin. Your best chance of seeing these friendly creatures is in Akaroa near Christchurch.
19. CENTRAL OTAGO
Home to the world's southern most wine region it's also the hottest, coldest and driest part of the country!
It's no easy stroll home if you live on Baldwin Street, the world's steepest street at 38 degrees. It hosts the annual Jaffa race, where 75,000 orange coated chocolate candies are released at the top of the street.