15 Interesting Facts About New Zealand

15 Interesting Facts About New Zealand

New Zealand is a beautiful, must-visit country. This quirky little country is full of wonder, beauty, adventure and more. Here are 15 interesting facts about New Zealand…

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1   The first bungee jump took place in 1988 off the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown.

2   People in New Zealand love cars! New Zealand has the highest car ownership rate in the world with 2.5 million cars for 4 million people!

3    New Zealand is the size of Japan and has a population of over 4 million people. It is one of the world’s least populated countries.

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

5   The first person to climb Mount Everest in 1953 by Sir Edmond Hillary, who was from New Zealand.

6   The first person in the world to split an atom was a New Zealander by the name of Baron Ernest Rutherford.

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7  New Zealand has more golf courses per capita of population than any country in the world!

8   Auckland has the largest number of boats per capita than any country in the world.

9    New Zealand has won more Olympic gold medals per capita than any other country in the world.

10   The Hector’s Dolphin is the world’s smallest dolphin with a max length of 1.5 meters and is only found in New Zealand.

11  The Kakapo is the world’s only flightless parrot and who finds it home in New Zealand.

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12  For every person that lives in New Zealand, dairy farmers make a whopping 100kg of butter and 65kg of cheese is produced every year!

13   The most popular New Zealand films include ‘Once were Warriors’, ‘The Whale Rider’, ‘The Piano’ and the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy.

14    There are also no nuclear power stations in New Zealand.

15  There are NO SNAKES in NEW ZEALAND!

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