Around the World: New Zealand

Around the World: New Zealand

A small island nation home to around 4.5 million people located in the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is famous for its picturesque landscapes.

Due to its location on the map, New Zealand is the first to greet the sun each day. Although Samoa is technically the first country to welcome the new day, thanks to the curvature of the Earth, New Zealand is the first to see the actual sunrise!

Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu. No, we didn't just rattle off a long list of letters. This is the name of the longest town in the world located on the east coast of New Zealand!

The livestock industry is one of the main industries in the country, particularly sheep. Did you know that for every person living in New Zealand there are at least 10 sheep?

According to the Guinness Book of Records, the steepest residential street in the world is located on the South Island of New Zealand and is named Baldwin Street, with a slope of 19 degrees. Can you imagine what it must be like to live on that street?!

New Zealand was the last country in the world to be inhabited by humans, around 800 years ago.

Tongariro National Park is a must-do on any trip to New Zealand. The unique landscape full of volcanoes, surrounded by 3 emerald lakes, is unlike anywhere else in the world.

Succulent and tender, roast lamb is a favorite for New Zealanders. Lamb is held in high esteem throughout the world and is one of the country’s top export meats.

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