When someone mentions New Zealand, what comes into your mind? Aside from being one of the most beautiful countries in the world, this country is famous for other things too. It is not only its geography and culture that New Zealand is proud of. Some famous people who have a great contribution in the world came from this country. Some of the mouth-watering cuisine, wines and products came from New Zealand. What is else New Zealand famous for? Listed below are the most famous things about this country and the Kiwi people.
First on the list is the Maori. New Zealand is famous for its indigenous people who are descendants of Polynesian explorers who settled the Pacific Ocean more than 1000 years ago. The maori word for New Zealand is Aotearoa which means ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’.
This country has its fair share of famous people also. The first person to conquer Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hilary came from New Zealand. Peter Jackson, who makes the Lord of the Rings movies and King Kong moview is a New Zealander as well as Sir Charles Upham who was awarded the Victoria Cross with bar for two separate occasions of valor during the World War 2. Even one of Hollywoods greatest actor, Russel Crowe has Maori heritage. He is believed to descend from the Ngati Porou tribe on his mother’s side. Opera diva and singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is of Maori heritage. She sung at Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer wedding in England.
Some of the famous scientists in the history were born in New Zealand such as Ernest Rutherford, the creator of modern atomic physics and forerunner of the nuclear age. Another is Richard Pearce who made the first powered flight on March 31, 1903 before the Wright Brothers.
The country’s famous rugby team is called the All Blacks which perform a traditional war dance, the haka, before every test match. The country is famous also for its anti-nuclear policy and being the first country in the world to give women the power to vote. Some of the famous movies filmed in the country are The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong, The Last Samurai, The Piano and the Frighteners.