10 Things You Probably Did Not Know About New Zealand

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How well do you think you know New Zealand? We bet there are things you have missed!

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Here is the list of the things you probably did not know about New Zealand. 

1. There are a lot of McDonald’s in NZ 

After the USA, NZ has the second highest number of McDonald’s per capita. There is even a McDonald’s in an aeroplane in Taupo.

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2. And even more sheep…

The South Island of New Zealand is famous for its enormous sheep population, (approximately 20 sheep to each human!)

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3. New Zealand holds more Olympic medals per capita that anywhere else in the world

Of course this doesn’t mean more actual medals, as NZ’s population is only 4 million. Still, this is pretty impressive.

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4. Kiwis are fond of golf

Golf is very popular in NZ. Taking into account club memberships, it is the 2nd most popular sport in the country.

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5. New Zealand is a country of book-lovers

Kiwis adore reading and the country has more bookstores per head than any other country.

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6. It has an immense trout population. (And a population of immense trout!)

More trout weighing 2-3kg are caught annually in New Zealand than anywhere else in the world.

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7. New Zealand once had a giant bird species

In Aotearoa there once lived a huge bird, called the moa, which was 3.6m tall and weighed 300kg. It became extinct in the 1500s when Maori started to hunt it.

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8. Women run the country

New Zealand is the only country in the world to have 3 top positions held by women at the same time: The Prime Minister (Helen Clark), the Governor General (Dame Silvia Cartwright), and the Chief Justice (Sian Elias). Stand proud, Kiwis!

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9. The biggest volcanic eruption was here

The largest eruption happened in Lake Taupo, which had a Volcanic Explosivity Index of 8, and released more than 530km³ of magma.

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10. New Zealand is a new country

The country was the last big landmass to be populated, not taking into account the polar regions.

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