Top 10 New Zealand factsNew Zealand quiz
These large insects occupy the same ecological niche in New Zealand, as rodents do elsewhere. What is it? Weta.
Weta are very large by insect standards, with body length up to 10cm (4 inches). Their physical appearance is like a katydid, long-horned grasshopper, or cricket, but the hind legs are enlarged and usually very spiny.
The Boyd Massacre occurred in 1809, when natives killed and ate between 66 and 70 crew members of the ship Boyd. Where did it happen? In New Zealand.
The attack on the ship was a revenge for the whipping of a young Māori chief by the crew. According to Māori norms, this warranted a violent retribution. Cannibalism was already a regular practice in Māori wars. News of the events stopped shipping visits to to the country over the next few years.
Where do the world's biggest parrots live? In New Zealand.
The Kakapo is a species of large, flightless nocturnal parrot. Though the Kakapo cannot fly, it is an excellent climber, ascending to the crowns of the tallest trees. Only about 100 living individuals are known.
Which country is the leading producer of wool? Australia.
Australia is the leading producer of wool (25% of global production) which is mostly from Merino sheep. Other large producers of wool are New Zealand, China and the United States (mostly in Texas and New Mexico).
What is the capital of New Zealand? Wellington.
In 1865, Wellington became the capital city of New Zealand, replacing much more populous Auckland at the northern extremity of the North Island, due to fears that the then gold-rich South Island would decide to become a separate colony. Wellington is located at the southern tip of the North Island, immediately across the Cook Strait from the South Island.