Archive | Interesting New Zealand

Like most countries, there are some things that are interesting New Zealand specific things. It may be about the age of our country, the size of our country, history, sports, politics and the number eight wire inventions.
This is where we like to share interesting New Zealand stuff.

Daylight Saving Another Kiwi Idea

Did you know that daylight saving was a Kiwi idea? I didn’t until I decided to see what the history of daylight savings was. Who Thought Of Daylight Saving Time? The idea of daylight saving was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin as far back as 1784 but never progressed. In 1895, New Zealand scientist George
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How Long Is Ninety Mile Beach?

When asked “how long is ninety mile beach” you would think that the answer is obvious … 90 miles or about 145 kilometers. But NO … our Northland beach known as ninety mile beach is actually just fifty five miles long! That’s just under 90 kilometers long. So How Did The Beach Get The Name “Ninety
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Auckland Affectionately Known As The City of Sails

Auckland has been affectionately known by the locals as the ‘City of Sails’ for a long time. The phrase the City of Sails seems logical for those that know Auckland, because the harbour is often dotted with hundreds of yachts especially on those summer weekends. In fact Auckland has more yachts per capita than any other
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Location, Location, Location … Hard To Beat Auckland For Location

There are many highlights for those that choose to live in Auckland, but I guess it is the location that stands out for me. As mentioned on the New Zealand Tourism website Discover Auckland: centred between two harbours and dotted with 48 volcanic cones plus a bordering rainforest, take time to discover that Auckland is
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The Unique Sounds That Kiwi Make

Kiwis … and the sounds that kiwis make. I have heard those sounds that kiwis make a few times but could not really explain the sound to the kids so I went to good old Google in search of a recording. You will see the link below to a recording, but I also thought I would look
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About The Auckland Harbour Bridge

How much do you know about the Auckland harbour bridge? Well, the Auckland harbour bridge took 4-years to build opened on 30 May 1959.  It started with an open day which saw 106,000 people walk across the bridge – it was an amazing project in it’s time and had the nation wondering how this would change Auckland.
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Languages of New Zealand

While English is the predominant language spoken in New Zealand, there are two actual official languages in New Zealand. Maori became an official language in 1987 and in 2006, New Zealand became the first country to declare sign language as an official language. Like many countries, New Zealand has some unique or slang terms that you
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New Zealand: A Small Country With A Lot To Offer

New Zealand was the last habitable land mass to be populated in the World and with a total land area is 263,884 km² (101,886 sq. miles) it is quite a small country. It’s just a bit bigger than the size of Great Britain (209,331 km²) and a little smaller than Japan (377,962 km²) but is almost 36 times smaller than the size
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