10 Cool Facts About New Zealand

New Zealand has got to be the quirkiest country I have ever come across. And you will know why once you read the next 10 cool facts about this fascinating place. Blue Lake, located in National Nelsons Lake park is known to have the clearest water in the world. The sights of this place are absolutely mind-blowing. This actually did not surprise me when I found out, considering that New Zealand is not relatively far from Antarctica but, apparently, New Zealand is home to more species of penguins than any other country in the world. How adorable is that?

You might not consider this a cool fact, or maybe you will, who knows. It made me cringe at least. But, the giant weta, which is the heaviest insect in the world, weighing more than a sparrow. Disgusting, I know. And yes, New Zealand is home to these creatures. Everybody will love New Zealand for this and I really wish other countries could do this as well. During Christmas time, all television advertisement is completely banned. No commercials, or annoying jingles interrupting your favourite dinner show.

This is super, mega random but, New Zealand has the steepest road in the world. It is located in Baldwin Street in Dunedin, with a gradient of 1 in 2.86. Imagine living on that hill? You would not have to worry about getting your daily workout and you definitely would not have to join a gym. You could get those glutes all fired up just by walking up this road! Never have I ever thought there was such a thing as a place with the longest name in the world. But, there is. And it is the following: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu. Yep, that is the one. I could not even finish pronouncing it. I guess kiwis take their magic pretty seriously because, in 1990, the prime minister of New Zealand named Ian Brackenbury Channel as the official Wizard of New Zealand. Not only is he known to cast weather spells, but he is also quite a comedian and entertainer.

Niue is a self-governed island off the coast of New Zealand. This place has its quirky way of doing things but the thing that caught my eye the most and that would probably impel me to visit this country just because of it is that, its coins has images of Pokemon on them. Pretty neat huh? New Zealand was voted the best country in the world in 2007 and 2008 by wanderlust magazine. Not the only times they were recognized though. They won the award four years in a row. Must be for a reason, right?

The Maui dolphin, the smallest dolphin species, originate in New Zealand and also happen to be in danger of extinction. There are many foundations that you could donate money to in order to help save this extremely rare and endangered species. And if you want to know more about this place, check out these websites listing some other cool and fun facts about New Zealand.