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10 things you probably didn’t know about New Zealand

Giant fjordlands, the mighty All Blacks, sauvignon blanc and this lost ring that everyone seems to be searching for… New Zealand’s charms are famous and plentiful. But what about the stuff you didn’t know?

1. New Zealand are the only country allowed to put hobbit imagery on their currency. LONG LIVE FRODO BAGGINS.

A world I could live and get lost in. #hobbiton #noadmittance #bagend #hobbit

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2. The longest place name in the world is in New Zealand, and that name is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauo tamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronuku pokaiwhenuakitanatahu. Let’s just sound it out syllable by syllable…

  3. You can automatically get a 23 month working holiday visa in NZ if you’re from the UK. 23 WHOLE MONTHS!

#royspeak #wanaka #lovewanaka #newzealand #workingholidaynz
 

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  4. Forgotten World Highway is New Zealand’s oldest heritage trail, and therefore an epic route for a road trip (and somewhere you can pretend you’re going on your own adventure à la Bilbo Baggins).

Forgotten World Highway, 150km spins road and stunning landscapes! #rollinggreenhills #forgottenworldhighway #n
 

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  5. New Zealand is one of the top ten safest countries in the world according to Condé Nast (number four if you must know, behind Iceland, Denmark and Austria).

Chilly starts at Tasman Lake NZ ” In 1973 Tasman Glacier had no terminal lake and by 2008 Tasman Lake was 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) long, 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) wide, and 245 metres (804 ft) deep. Come join @adingattamimi_photography and I here on our NZ South Island Workshop tour 2-8 oct 2017, email us for details only 2 spots left Nikon D810 Nikon 14-24mm F2.8 Lens F/11 ISO 80 30 sec exposure NiSi 10 Stop ND filter NiSi 0.9 soft grad ND filter Edited LR/Insta Exploring NZ with @Drivenewzealand #Mytravelgram #ic_longexpo #awesomeearth #earthexperience #neverstopexploring #natureaddict #lonelyplanet #passionpassport #awesome_earthpics #theglobalwanderer #natgeotravelpic #ourplanetdaily #awesome_shots #fantastic_earth #agameoftones #outdoortones #ig_today #wilderness_culture #optoutside #mobilemag #moodygrams #AdventureAddiction #exploringtheglobebucketlist #artsyheaven #ig_mood #dream_image #instagram #instagood #special_shots #destinationearth
 

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  6. For those who prefer animals to people, 95% of New Zealand’s population are animals.

  7. However, none of that 95% are land snakes, as New Zealand doesn’t have a single species of land snake. Great news.

8. Shoulder season (a weird name for those months that fall between high and low season) is probably the best time to visit – the temperature is mild, there are less tourists, and you get way more discounts than you would in the high season on accommodation, campervan hire and tours.

 

9. If you’re willing to trek for two days you will get to see the clearest lake in the world, Blue Lakes in Nelson National Park. What a beauty.

 

10. Travellers love bungy jumping in New Zealand (the adrenaline junkie’s playground), but did you know that organised commercial bungee jumping first began in New Zealand? So they deffo know what they’re doing when you’re diving head first off a platform…

 

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