10 Fun Facts About New Zealand For Travelers

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New Zealand is a beautiful country situated in the south-western Pacific Ocean and it features two main islands namely the North Island and the South Island. The country was first discovered by Europeans in 1642 when Dutch sailor Abel Tasman arrived. The capital city of the country is Wellington while the largest city is Auckland.

The people across the nation spoke three official languages such as English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language. It is also known as ‘land of the long white cloud’ and Māori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. We will tell you some of the fun facts about New Zealand.

The best part is that New Zealand is isolated from the outside world. It will take around 12 hours to cross the equator on a plane and land somewhere in Korea or Russia and 24 hours to fly from New Zealand to the furthest countries from it on the map like Hungary or any other European country.

New Zealand is known for beautiful lakes and Lake Mathes is one of the most beautiful lakes and beautiful for its beautiful reflections. The best part is that New Zealand lies on the west of the division line, so this is the first country to celebrate the New Year and the country is ahead of 10 to 11 hours. Here are some of the fun facts about New Zealand,

If you plan to explore the stunning landscapes and vibrant culture of New Zealand, it’s advisable to get an international driving permit before you embark on your journey.  You may visit here: International Drivers Association to acquire one.

Facts About New Zealand

1.New Year In Summer

New Zealand is an evergreen country and unlike other countries, New Year happens in summer. There is no snow in Auckland when you will celebrate New Year in New Zealand, howvever, New Year in New Zealand is quite peaceful with warm winds and high temperatures along with good sunny weather.

The most preferred time to do outdoor activities such from December to February. These months are the best time for the most memorable time to visit the country.

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New Year In Summer of New Zealand
New Year In Summer of New Zealand

2.Winter Weather

New Zealand is warm and nice during summer, however, winters are quite rainy and chill. There are instances weather may get so unpredictable in winter and windows or a hailstorm may occur.

There are some days which are sunny and look like summer. Travelers can see green leaves on trees but there will also be trees without leaves that do not grow during this season.

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winter weather of new zealand
Winter weather of New Zealand


The climate of the nation empowers the wind direction of the country in such a way that whenever it comes from the Indian Ocean from the northwest, people will feel warm and cosy temperatures, especially in open areas like Auckland.

Also, when the wind changes its direction, it will start blowing from the southeast and the cold air of the South Pacific and Southern Oceans will start to arrive on New Zealand’s shores. This will bring chill and frosty weather.

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new zealand climate
New Zealand Climate


The seasonal cycle of the country is different from that of the Northern Hemisphere. When we have spring in New Zealand then it is Autumn in Great Britain. This makes the country amazing for travellers from the Northern Hemisphere to escape from the cold winter.

seasons new zealand
Seasons New Zealand


The driving rules in New Zealand are quite different from other countries such as China, Russia, Europe, and some Asian countries and its forces its citizen to drive on the left lanes of the road, however, it is difficult for some travellers to adjust to the new conditions on New Zealand.

In New Zealand, the driver would yield to the cars coming from the right and will drive clockwise around the roundabout. The speed limit of teh car is also different and it is around 50 km/hr in cities. This has been done to enforce speed limits that better care for its citizens.

driving new zealand
driving new zealand


New Zealand has no natural predators and that is the primary reason there is an abundance of species of various families–from birds to lizards to fish and bigger animals like seals. The most famous fish species in the country are Snapper, Hoki, John Dory, Lemon Sole, Yellowtail Kingfish, Mackerel, and many more.

The country is known for its slim and healthy fish. The country is popular for its sheep and it is estimated that 9 sheep per 1 person living in New Zealand, so there are around 40 million sheep across the country. If we talk about bad animals, New Zealand has pests such as possums, rats, rabbits, feral cats, and some insects.

The problem is that they prey on endangered species, eat tree leaves, damage crops on farmlands, and do other harm, however, these things are taken care of by a conservation department organization, which uses traps, poisoning, shooting, and other means to control their numbers.

new zealand sheep
new zealand sheep


New Zealand is popular for its ongest place name in the world and it is known as “TAUMATAWHAKATANGI – HANGAKOAUAUOTAMATEA – POKAIWHENUAKITANATAHU”, which is a hill near Porangahau, south of Waipukurau in southern Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.

This is the longest place name in the world found in any English-speaking country. This is known as “The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one” in the Maori language.


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