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New Zealand is home to 36,192 vineyards, the majority of them for Sauvignon Blanc. Now that's a holiday worth booking on that note alone!
New Zealand is home to 36,192 vineyards, the majority of them for Sauvignon Blanc. Now that's a holiday worth booking on that note alone! aaron_400d

10 things you didn't know about New Zealand, bro

THE Aussie-Kiwi relationship is a unique one.

They're like the little brother we like to poke a bit of fun at; except when it comes to rugby.

But when we put their funny accents aside and stop making jokes about their abundance of sheep, the country has some amazing credentials on its resume.

Here are 10 things you didn't know about our cuzzies' homeland across the ditch:

1. It has the longest place name in the world with 85 letters: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu.

Try say this place name three times in a row! Photo source: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand.
Try say this place name three times in a row! Photo source: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

2. Wellington is not just the southernmost capital city in the world, but was also voted the 'coolest little capital in the world' by Best in Travel in 2011. 

3. It is home to the Lord of the Rings movie set. In 1998, Sir Peter Jackson's team of location scouts were searching for the iconic rolling hills and lush green pastures of Hobbiton. An aerial search led them to the Alexander farm, a stunning 1,250 acre sheep farm in the heart of the Waikato. You can do movie set tours and have dinner in The Green Dragon dining room.    

4. The steepest residential street in the world is in Dunedin, called Baldwin St. It has a 38 degree gradient.

5. There are more 2040 vineyards in New Zealand, a total of 36,192 hectares. Of that. 28,232ha produces white wine (21,016 specifically Sauvignon Blanc), and 7,960ha is red - now that's a checklist to tick off!

6. In the 2001 New Zealand Census, 53,715 people listed their religion as Jedi.

7. Queenstown is home to the world's steepest zipline and highest bungy jump in the southern hemisphere at 134m.

8. The Auckland area is also home to about 30% of the world's total population of yellow-eyed penguins.

9. It is home to the clearest lake in the world, Blue Lake in Nelson. It is believed visibility can be up to 80m.

10. You can fly there direct from the Gold Coast Airport with Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand and Air Asia and flight time only takes between 2-3 hours depending on which city you fly into. Check out the Gold Coast Airport website for more.

Got any more fun facts? Tell us in the comments below!



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