Interesting Facts About New Zealand

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Interesting Facts About New ZealandEach country in the world is unique in its own way; New Zealand is no exception to this rule. In fact, you may be very surprised to learn that New Zealand is actually a very interesting country. There are many interesting facts about New Zealand that are unknown to even some of the people who have lived in the country for years.

New Zealand is one of the most popular immigration destinations in the world. People from all different countries choose New Zealand as their number one choice for immigration purposes. Not only is New Zealand clean, beautiful, safe and secure, but it is also is an extremely interesting country to learn about.

Extreme sports in New Zealand

Organised and commercial bungee jumping originated in New Zealand. A J Hackett made his first ever bungee jump from Auckland’s Greenhithe Bridge in 1986.

The very first commercial bungee site was the Kawarau Bridge Bungy at the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge near Queenstown in the South Island of New Zealand.


New Zealand is actually one of the top five dairy exporters in the world. New Zealand’s farmers are literally leading the world in dairy and New Zealand represents an entire one third of international dairy trade every single year. The income which is made from dairy is a large contributor to the New Zealand economy.

Sea life

New Zealand is home to the world’s smallest dolphin. The Hector’s dolphin is found only in New Zealand. It is approximately 1.4 m in length; it is one of the smallest cetaceans, and New Zealand’s only endemic cetacean.

Two subspecies which also live in waters in New Zealand is found around the South Island, and the critically endangered Maui’s dolphin is found off the northwest coast of the North Island.

New Zealand film and media

Most of us aware that the beautiful landscapes and scenery from the popular and world renown Lord of the Rings movies that was filled in New Zealand.

However what most people may not be aware of, is that the filming of the Lord of the Rings trilogy actually made the New Zealand economy approximately $200,000,000 richer.

A common big fear

Many people all over the world from all walks of life and from all different age groups have a fear of snakes. Snakes are a very common fear that actually goes by the name of Ophidiophobia. Many people’s fear of snakes goes from scared to petrified to the point where they avoid doing activities which could run the risk of seeing a snake.

The good news is that there are no snakes in New Zealand. This should be a huge relief not only for people who have a real fear of snakes but also for parents of children.

Beautiful New Zealand sunrises

New Zealand is one of the very first countries in the world to see the sunrise each day. If you are fortunate enough to be in New Zealand, there is nothing more beautiful than to wake up early to watch the sunrise.

National anthems of New Zealand

New Zealand has two official national anthems. These are “God Defend New Zealand” and “God Save the Queen”. From a legal standpoint, they have entirely equal status, however it should be noted that “God Defend New Zealand” is more commonly used. This is also the preferred national anthem among the two by most people living in New Zealand.

New Zealand transportation

There are approximately 2.5 million cars for four million people. New Zealand’s car ownership rate is one of the highest in the world. The truth is that only 2 percent of the New Zealand’s population commutes by bus or train. The majority of people in New Zealand prefer to travel by cars.

Christmas in New Zealand

New Zealand’s Christmas fall in the summer seasons. This happens to also be the time when the pohutukawa tree comes into full peak and blossoms. This happens every year in New Zealand in late December and has become a very popular part of the New Zealand Christmas tradition.

The pohutukawa is one of twelve Metrosideros species endemic to New Zealand. If you are lucky enough to be in New Zealand during Christmas time, you are guaranteed to experience a beautiful and almost fairy tale like Christmas experience.

Budget friendly living in New Zealand

Auckland and Wellington are cheaper to live in, as opposed to every other big city in the Asia-Pacific region. These facts were confirmed by a global survey, which was conducted. Wellington is literally known for being one of the cheapest cities to live in.

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