New Zealand is an island nation in the South Pacific Ocean (Globe time!!!). Its closest neighbour is Australia, which is a separate country and a continent in itself.

The original natives of New Zealand are the Maori people. They lived on the island alone until the Dutch arrived.

New Zealand is also the tip of a submerged continent named Zealandia. 93% of the continent is under water.

Kiwi, the small flightless birds are native to New Zealand and are the national symbol of the country. New Zealanders are so fond of them they love to call themselves ‘Kiwis’.

Fun Facts

👉Maori, English and sign language are the official languages of News Zealand.

👉 The rugby team of New Zealand performs a popular ‘Haka’ dance before every match. It is part of Maori culture.

👉 In 1893 New Zealand became the first country in the world to give all women the right to vote.

👉 The steepest street in the world is located in Dunedin, South Island of New Zealand.

👉 The longest place name of the world is here. There is a hill on New Zealand’s North Island named Taumatawhakatangi­hangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaunga­horonukupokaiwhen­uakitanatahu.

👉 Rugby is the most popular sport in New Zealand.

👉 According to information taken from NASA, New Zealand has more than 3,000 glaciers.

👉 The entire Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed here.

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