10 facts about New Zealand that will amaze you

New Zealand is an unpredictable country. It is so striking when travelling through it that you have to expect the unexpected. Did you know that no part of the country is more than 128km from the sea?! This means that within a day you can snowboard and then surf the waves!

Let us surprise you with 10 fun facts about New Zealand:

  • There are only 4 million people living in NZ, which is 10 times less that in Manhattan Island alone!
  • Blue Lake, in Nelson Lakes National Park, has the world's clearest water.
  • Bungy jumping was invented in New Zealand by AJ Hackett.
  • Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, is the world's steepest street.
  • A whooping 1/3 of New Zealand is protected national park. There are 14 of them in total.
  • In 1990, a National Wizard was appointed. He is living in Christchurch, South Island
  • New Zealand mainly relies on renewable energy sources – no nuclear or coal plants here!
  • The longest place name in the world is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, a hill in Hawke's Bay.
  • The Maori name for New Zealand is Aoetaroa. It means “land of the long white cloud”
  • There is more people living in Auckland than in the whole of the South Island.

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