9 Fascinating Facts About New Zealand – Learn How to Be a True Kiwi!

991

Nexter.org has already made a list of most about Australia. This time, meet New Zealand traditions and weird facts. 

Stay tuned.

Māori dance

Māori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand that are also famous for their bright and rich culture.

One of the most well-known facts about Māori is Haka – a special dance performed by warriors before a battle. In modern times, it can be seen on weddings:

Longest name in the world

In New Zealand, there is a place with the longest name on the globe, Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, a hill in Hawkes Bay.


Source: YouTube

Hongi

Hongi is a traditional Māori greeting when you press your nose and forehead to your friend’s.


Source: Pinterest

SEE ALSO: 11 Fascinating Facts About “Aussies” You Will Be Surprised to Hear

Suffrage origin

New Zealand was the first country to give women the right to vote in 1893.


Source: huffingtonpost.com

New Zealand landscapes in “Lord of the Rings”

The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy was filmed entirely in New Zealand. You can travel across all the famous locations!


Source: newzealand.com


Source: newzealand.com


Source: newzealand.com

Hobbit-themed post coins

New Zealand Post has released coins related to  ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ due to the celebration of Sir Peter Jackson’s trilogy of films.

Unfortunately, the edition is limited and all the coins are sold out.

SEE ALSO: Hermitage is Ruled by Cats! See 11 Most Surprising Facts about Russia

Why ‘Kiwis’?

New Zealanders are commonly known as ‘Kiwis’. The nickname comes not from the juicy fruit, but from a small bird – kiwi.

Kiwi is New Zealand native flightless bird. The fruit known as ‘kiwi’, they call ‘kiwifruit’.


Source: tvi24.iol.pt

Snakeless

New Zealand might be an island country with 30% forest territory, but it still isn’t a home for snakes!

Good news for ophidiophobic people, come to New Zealand.


Source: Science

Name etymology

The first name of the country was Staten Landt, but Dutch renamed it to Nova Zeelandia after the Dutch province of Zeeland.

Māori call New Zealand ‘Aotearoa’ – “land of the long white cloud”.


Source: vintage-maps-prints.com

Check this out:

Like this post? Let us know!
  • CoolAF (0%)
  • Cool (0%)
  • Whatever (0%)
  • Boring (0%)
  • WTF (0%)
Summary
9 Fascinating Facts About New Zealand - Learn How to Be a True Kiwi!
Title
9 Fascinating Facts About New Zealand - Learn How to Be a True Kiwi!
Description
Nexter.org has already made a list of most interesting facts about Australia. This time, meet New Zealand traditions and weird facts. 
Nexter.org
Nexter.org
Nexter.org
https://nexter.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/logo_nexterbg.jpg

More News from Nexter