New Zealand is a popular destination for both domestic and international travellers year-round. This small, culturally diverse country is especially well known for the Kiwi bird, featuring in Blockbuster films, and its thriving tourism industry. Rent a campervan and uncover the best parts of New Zealand. Learn more by reading our fun facts on New Zealand and why it is so famous.
The Maori are some of the most indigenous people in the world. They are descendants of Polynesian explorers who spread across the Pacific Ocean a millennia ago. New Zealand is also known as Aotearoa in Maori, meaning the “Land of the Long White Cloud”. The Maori culture and presence is still strong and very much alive in New Zealand today.
New Zealand has produced some of the world’s most legendary people. Sir Edmund Hillary, a New Zealander, was the first man to reach the peak of Mount Everest. Sir Charles Upham was awarded The Victoria Cross with bar for two acts of valour during World War II. Director Sir Peter Jackson, created Lord of The Rings, and opera diva and singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is a world-famous performer of Maori heritage.
The All Blacks
Arguably the most famous rugby team in the world, The All Blacks hold many world championship titles. They continue to maintain their reputation as one of the most competitive professional athletic organisations in the world. Checking out their clubhouse and stadium should be a mandatory stop for any sports fan who pays New Zealand a visit.
Facing The Future Head On
A long time opponent of nuclear proliferation, New Zealand and her people promote cultural understanding, the arts, sciences and humanities above military or political gains. Another fun fact about New Zealand is that it was also the first nation to grant female citizens the right to vote in elections. It has also produced renowned scientists like physicist Ernest Rutherford. He was considered the father of modern atomic physics and one of the most influential minds of the nuclear age. Additionally, New Zealander Richard Pearce made the world’s first powered flight on March 31st, 1903. He beat the Wright Brothers to the record by a wide margin.
Rent a campervan and explore New Zealand’s natural beauty, welcoming culture and laid back lifestyle. Plan a trip by campervan and see all New Zealand offers for yourself.