10 Interesting facts about New Zealand

For anyone interested in visiting or curious for learning more about New Zealand, here’s a brief overview for help getting started.

  • 1. There are about 4.5 million people that live in New Zealand.  It’s an island country with two main islands, known as the North and South Islands.
  • 2. The name New Zealand comes from Dutch cartographers in 1645 calling it Nova Zeelandia, from the Dutch province of Zeeland, later renamed New Zealand by the Britain James Cook.
  • 3. The largest city is Auckland in the North Island with 1.4 million people, followed by Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton, Napier Hastings, Tauranga, Dunedin, Palmerston North, Nelson, and Rotorua.
  • 4. The main language used is English, other languages include Maori, Samoan, French, Hindi, Yue, and Chinese.
  • 5. Within the middle of the North Island is much volcanism, especially around Rotorua.  The highest mountain on the North Island is Mount Ruapehu, close by is Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand and known for its trout fishing.
  • 6. The South Island is very mountainous, with 18 peaks over 3,000 metres, 9,800 feet, the highest being Aoraki, otherwise known as Mount Cook at 3,754 metres or 12,316 feet.
  • 7. The currency used is the New Zealand Dollar, NZD, also known as the Kiwi dollar.
  • 8. The cuisine in New Zealand combines both from the sea and land.  You can find many places with fresh fish, mussels, or the popular fish and chips.  Other dishes include different types of vegetables, along with beef, lamb, venison (from private deer farms), as well as the traditional hamburger.
  • 9. Beverages include many of your popular beers, along with a growing availability of New Zealand wine, with 10 major wine producing areas, including Marlborough, Central Otago, Martinborough, Hawkes Bay, and Waiheke Island.
  • 10. There are about 2.6 million people that travel to or are tourists to New Zealand each year.  Attractions include visiting the major cities such as Auckland, swimming with dolphins, seeing the many cave systems available, fishing in Taupo, skiing in mountains of the South Island, and participating in a few adventure sports or hiking in Queenstown.

Have your own networks with others in New Zealand

If you regularly share content or work with people in New Zealand, here are a few benefits you get from using an Odysen solution:

  • Use in your preferred language, including English, French, Hindi, Chinese, and others.
  • Have separate networks for different groups, keeping content focused for each.  This could be having separate networks for different groups of friends, family members, organizations as well as using in professional environments, having separate networks for different clients or customers.
  • Organize content with easy to use folders, add sub-folders to expand and see integrated views from respective parent folders.
  • Within each folder you can add content to the applications, including actions, notes, events, photos, graphics, audio files, office files, videos, websites and blogs.
  • Get started and invite other users for free with the Basic plan.  This includes the ability create as many networks as you’d like, use the applications, and initial storage for your photos, office files, audio and video files.

Learn more about having your own networks with others in New Zealand, including using the applications, languages available, solution examples, and relevant blog articles.

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