Historical Odd and Unknown Facts
About New Zealand.

The Longest Place Name Still In Use is but one claim....

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The name of a town in North Wales translates to "The church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysilio's of the red cave" Originally created by a local with a sense of humour this small town has long claimed the fame of having the longest name in the world and good tourism marketing has helped ingrain this in many travellers minds.

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However, there is a place in New Zealand which can claim the longest place name still in use. This Maori translates to "the place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as 'landeater,' played his flute to his loved one."
For those really INTO long names, the longest place name in the U.S. is a lake in Massachusetts.
Lake Chargoggagoggmanchaugga goggchaubunagungamaugg
For the Aussies, who may think there is something in Australia to match this...The longest place name in Australia is Lake Cadibarrawirricanna, a salt lake in South Australia.

ANZAC Day - National Holiday - What is it?

Whilst Australians and New Zealanders are well aware of this day, and its significance, other nationalities and visitors may not.
The following web site link explains the history..

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Pavlova

The famed desert 'Pavlova' is indeed a New Zealand invention.. Click to read.

New Zealands Largest Wreck Dive

A Russian Cruise Liner!!