New Zealand is one of only three countries that have two official (and of equal standing) national Anthems
The influence of Maori, Pacific Island, European and Asian cultures makes the arts in New Zealand colourful, unique and vibrant
For dishes that have a distinctly New Zealand style, there's lamb, pork and cervena (venison), salmon, crayfish (lobster), Bluff oysters, whitebait, paua (abalone), mussels, scallops, pipis and tuatua (both are types of New Zealand shellfish), kumara (sweet potato), kiwifruit, tamarillo and pavlova, the national dessert
New Zealand's cuisine has been described as Pacific Rim, drawing inspiration from Europe, Asia and Polynesia. This blend of influences has created a mouth-watering range of flavours and food in cafes and restaurants nationwide
The holiday commemorates the signing of New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, by representatives of the British crown and more than 40 native Maori chiefs.
New Zealand was the last major landmass to be populated (with the exception of the polar regions).
There are presently around 9 sheep to every 1 human in New Zealand
When the Europeans arrived in New Zealand, it was already inhabited by the Maori people – Eastern polynesian settlers who arrived some time between 800 and 1300.
2. A kiwi is not a fruit – it is New Zealand’s native flightless bird (pictured above) and a slang term for a New Zealander. Kiwis call the fruit “kiwifruit” – they are also known as Chinese Gooseberries.
movies including lord of the rings, the hobbit, avatar and narnia were filmed in new zealand
New Zealand is home to a temperate climate with high sunshine hours and moderate rainfall. Much of the country lies near the coast, which means mild temperatures
Rugby football is the most popular spectator sport in New Zealand
The other main cities of Wellington, Christchurch and Hamilton are where the majority of the remaining Kiwis dwell.
Geographically, over three-quarters of the population live in the North Island, with one-third of the total population living in Auckland