From the residents’ honest and frank nature to the enchanting outdoors, New Zealand is known for many things. However, although the country features an amazing landscape, it is also filled with plenty of interesting history. Before taking your next trip, check out these 5 crazy but true facts to impress your friends.
1. Home to the World’s Longest English-Speaking Named Location
This destination is actually a hill. Located in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, it is known as Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu. However, it is more commonly referred to by its shortened name of Taumata.
2. Make Sure to Keep an Eye Out for…Parrots?
The Kea is a large parrot, and is one of 10 endemic species of parrot found in New Zealand. Tourists and residents alike commonly encounter this endangered species, although it is more generally thought of as a pest. This is due to the bird’s habit of pulling off windshield wipers, stealing small items, and eating the rubber strips around the windows.
3. Leading Human to Animal Ratio
Out of all the countries in the world, New Zealand has the highest human to animal ratio. In fact, the sheep outnumbers the humans in population, a whopping 6:1.
4. Great for Those Who Suffer from Ophidiophobia
If you’re scared of snakes, this is the place for you. Not only are snakes illegal to own in New Zealand, but there are no native or induced land snakes in the entire country.
5. Only Country with 2 National Anthems
Although New Zealand has gained independence from the United Kingdom, the country still uses God Save the Queen as a national anthem. The second anthem is God Defend New Zealand.