10 Amazing Facts about New Zealand

New Zealand is an amazing country to visit. The best thing to do is find a place to get a car rental and start traveling. This wonderful country has so much to do that you would definitely hope to have a car so you can take your time and see as much as possible in the amount of time that you are visiting. Considering the fact you probably cannot bring your car with you, you might want to rent one locally from reputable companies such as Hertz. As much as there are interesting places to visit, there are interesting facts about New Zealand that may make it fun to try to locate in this dynamic country.1. Watch out for the kea

One interesting fact about New Zealand is that there is a parrot known as a kea which is native to the country. This particular bird is a windshield wiper, window rubber eating bird. It is known for attacking those cars, so beware of your rental car becoming a snack. It has even stolen such items as a passport right out of a tourist’s hand.

2. Taumatawhakatangihang what?

Another interesting fact is that this country has a place that actually has the longest name in the world. The featured hill in Hawkes Bay is known as: Taumatawhakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu which is the M’ori name for the hill and this one is 85 letters long. The following is the English version and I counted 57 letters. Either way it is the longest name in the world.

Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu. I have no idea how to say it, but I would love to tell people I had been there. Wouldn’t you?

3. To the sea

Another great thing about New Zealand is that no matter where you are in the country, it isn’t more than 79 miles from the sea. The sea and creatures in it are stunning in New Zealand. A friend was telling me about whale watching california he they said it was also such an amazing experience.

4. Interesting fact about something in New Zealand

Did you know that Star Trek’s movie, First Contact when we had seen Earth from space, that Australia and Papua New Guinea were clearly discernable but New Zealand was nowhere to be found?

5. Southernmost place in the world

There sits a city known as the most southernmost city that is also a capital, in the world. It goes by the name of Wellington.

6. Where are all of the people?

When a country only has a population of five percent in people compared to animals, you have to wonder, where is everyone?

new zealand bird

7. No corruption, no problem

According to the “Corruption Perception Index” there isn’t much of a corruption problem here. So tourists don’t need to worry about corrupt police and politicians. This is the least corrupt country anywhere in the world.

8. Play those pipes fellows 

I’m sure you can take that rental car and visit a somewhere to see a great Scottish pipe band. New Zealand seems to have the most of these bands in the world.

9. Nelson Lakes National Park

There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a lake that has the clearest water in the world. Blue Lake is such a lake so get going and check it out.

10. Are you afraid of snakes?

If you have a fear of any type of land snakes, have no fear! There are none located in the country of New Zealand. There are no native snakes and none that have been introduced to this wonderful country.

So get when you make some plans to go to this fantastic country, find that rental car and enjoy yourself. With these simple facts, at least you know what to look for, or what not to look for.

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