Facts about Waitangi Day

Commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi - New Zealand' s founding document.

To mark the day, here are 15 interesting facts about Waitangi Day.

No matter where you are in New Zealand you are never more than 120km from the sea. No matter where you are in New Zealand you are never more than 120km from the sea. Waitangi Day Facts

New Zealand was the first country that allowed women to vote. In 1893. Waitangi Day Facts

Wellington is the southernmost capital in the world. Wellington is the southernmost capital in the world. Waitangi Day Facts

Sign language is one of three official languages in New Zealand. English and Maori are the other two. Waitangi Day Facts

New Zealand is home to the world’s only flightless parrot, the Kakapo. Waitangi Day Facts

Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to climb Mount Everest in 1953, was a New Zealander. Waitangi Day Facts

The steepest residential street in the world is called Baldwin Street and is located in Dunedin. It has a gradient of 38 degrees. Waitangi Day Facts

The clearest lake in the world is Nelson’s Blue Lake, with a visibility of up to 80 meters deep. Waitangi Day Facts

There are more golf courses in New Zealand per capita of population, than any other country in the world. Waitangi Day Facts

There are 9 sheep per each person in New Zealand, making it the highest ratio in the world. Waitangi Day Facts

Bats are the only native land mammals in the country. The rest were introduced by Maoris and Europeans. Waitangi Day Facts

The kiwi fruit is not native from New Zealand. It’s actually from China, but it was named after the kiwi bird. Waitangi Day Facts

New Zealand has won more Olympic gold medals per capita, than any other country. Waitangi Day Facts

Baron Ernest Rutherford, the first person in the world to split the atom in 1919, was a New Zealander. Waitangi Day Facts

Koekohe Beach in New Zealand is filled with cracked boulders. Because the rocks look like huge eggs, the area is often known as Dragon Egg Beach. Koekohe Beach in New Zealand is filled with cracked boulders. Because the rocks look like huge eggs, the area is often known as Dragon Egg Beach. Waitangi Day Facts
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