10 Crazy Facts About New Zealand that most New Zealanders don't even know!

  1. New Zealand has the largest place name in the world. Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu which is the name of a hill in the Hawkes Bay.
  2. In 1893 New Zealand became the first country in the world to give women the right to vote. 
  3. In 1990 the then New Zealand Prime Minister appointed a national wizard.
  4. Only 5% of New Zealand's population are human, the rest are animals.
  5. In August 2018 New Zealand's Prime Minister banned single use plastic bags.
  6. Blue Lake, in the Nelson Lakes National Park, has the clearest water in the world.
  7. There are no land snakes, native or introduced, in New Zealand.
  8. New Zealand is home to the giant weta, the heaviest insect in the world. It is heavier than a sparrow and looks like a giant cockroach. (We think it ate all the snakes!)
  9. The logo for the Royal New Zealand Air Force is a kiwi - a flightless bird.
  10. There are more vending machines in Japan than there are people in New Zealand.