New Zealand Country Quiz

Can you guess these facts about the country of New Zealand?
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Last updated: June 2, 2020
First submittedDecember 8, 2013
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Capital city
Wellington
Most populous city
Auckland
Most populous city on the
South Island
Christchurch
Currency of New Zealand
Dollar
Name of the national rugby union team
All Blacks
Bird that symbolizes New Zealand
Kiwi
The population of this animal reached
a peak of 70 million in 1982
Sheep
New Zealand was the first country
to grant universal suffrage to _____
Women
First European explorer to
see New Zealand
Abel Tasman
Indigenous people of New Zealand
Māori
Name for New Zealand,
in the language of the above
Aotearoa
Hint
Answer
Tallest mountain
Aoraki / Mt. Cook
Range in which the above
can be found
Southern Alps
Largest lake
Lake Taupo
Longest river
Waikato River
Type of gigantic flightless bird
hunted to extinction by 1500 AD
Moa
Peter Jackson film trilogy shot
mainly in New Zealand
The Lord of the
Rings
Legendary mountain climber
who died in 2008
Edmund Hillary
Perhaps New Zealand's top
tourist attraction
Milford Sound
Country in which you'd find the
province of Zeeland, after which
New Zealand was named
Netherlands
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Level 80
Jan 23, 2014
I got Mt Cook when I answered Cook for first European. My second guess was Tasman.
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Level 77
Jun 24, 2014
ditto
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Level 82
Nov 21, 2018
Same . . . except I never came up with Tasman :(
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Level 61
Mar 25, 2021
Same here. Never would have gotten the mountain otherwise.
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Level 69
Jan 26, 2014
9/20... apparently I know little about New Zealand.
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Level 67
May 18, 2014
If you're from New Zealand, which I am, it's dead easy; 100% first time.
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Level 39
Jun 23, 2020
Yassss same here!
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Level 61
Jan 29, 2015
crushed it.
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Level 81
Apr 5, 2017
Got crushed by it. (10/20....and I was so optimistic going into the quiz) :-(
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Level 61
May 3, 2021
I'm American and got 19/20 which I would say is pretty good... The only one I missed was the rugby one which is more my lack of knowledge about sports than geography.
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Level 13
May 30, 2016
hi abel tasman never reached new zealand
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Level 66
Sep 22, 2016
Abel Tasman did reach New Zealand by ship, but did not land there. His first encounter with Maori in their canoes while anchored in Golden Bay (top of the South Island) ended up with him naming the bay Murderers Bay.
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Level 20
Jun 6, 2016
hey could you change Edmund Hillary to Sir Edmund Hillary as he has been knighted . As a kiwi im offended
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Level 79
Dec 3, 2016
His name remained the same
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Level 38
Dec 21, 2016
Once you die, you no longer retain your knighthood
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Level 84
Oct 25, 2018
while the UK cabinet office has stated that you lose the honour of a knighthood when you die, in general the public still use the Sir to show respect and I suppose to distinguish between some other Edmund Hillary or whoever else it may be e.g. Sir Walter Raleigh is still called Sir even though he is very dead.
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Level 83
Aug 3, 2019
In general no one cares about snobby nobility crap.
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Level 74
Jun 2, 2020
Plainly you do
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Level ∞
Oct 10, 2019
Here in America we deal with a lot of nonsense. Such as using feet and inches instead of the metric system. But thanks to the founding fathers we don't have to deal with the ridiculous British honors system. Knighthoods are for riding horses and swinging swords, not acting in movies and singing songs. Rant over.
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Level 84
Oct 11, 2019
It seems to make sense to recognise important contributions. The US does have some civilian awards that are comparable e.g. the Medal of Freedom. Yes, in the UK originally it was horse-battle related and it is important to reward people for defending the country well (the US military definitely has this) but it evolved into a system that at the top provides good advisors to the monarch (the House of Lords). Would you suggest there is no point electing someone to the senate and giving them the title senator? Honours are often given to celebrities for important charitable work rather than their normal work, so its about encouraging some extra input in society. With the British system, at a basic level it still provides a pool of people who can defend the country in a different way (instead of doing so in battle there are people who can help govern, advise, create artistic work, develop cultural relations in sport or other arts, and assist others in need). Seems ok to me.
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Level 73
Oct 11, 2019
@kogatora, on this site the answers don't include honorifics for Americans who have them. It doesn't read President George Washington or Senator Ted Kennedy or Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps or Medal of Freedom Winner Richard Garwin. In formal environments, one will refer to elected officials by the highest rank they achieved, even if they are no longer governor/senator/etc. But that wouldn't apply to a quiz site.
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Level 75
Oct 11, 2019
Agree with you completely, in fact I refuse to use the term "Sir: or "Dame" for anyone. Knighthoods were actually abolished in New Zealand by prime minister Helen Clark in 2000, but were reinstated in 2009 by John Key. Time for them to go for once and for all.
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Level 75
Jun 3, 2020
Well, as a Brit I agree with QM and disagree with kogatora. Nothing wrong with having an honours system that recognizes people's contributions, and most countries have one. The trouble with the British one is that it's all wrapped up in the language of aristocracy and empire, which given the social divisions and delusions of grandeur that persist in British society is unhelpful. Give someone a medal with a fancy name, by all means, even some letters after their name if you have to, but don't give them a title.
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Level 78
Nov 2, 2020
Some may not know that Americans have been knighted by the Queen of England. Some of them include Bill Gates, George Herbert Walker Bush, Colin Powell, Steven Spielberg, and Bob Hope. Since it is honorary they don't use the title, Sir.
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Level 64
Apr 17, 2021
First decent point you've made.
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Level 66
Jul 25, 2016
Too easy for a kiwi quizzer? Try the quizzes: "Landmarks of New Zealand", and "New Zealand Icons - Kiwiana".
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Level 66
Aug 7, 2016
Also, "Birds of New Zealand" and "Plants of New Zealand". Kia ora.
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Level 48
Jul 16, 2017
That was so simple 20/20 with 2 minutes remaining probably helps that I'm a New Zealand though
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Level 43
Nov 2, 2020
There's more than one?
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Level 47
Mar 20, 2019
Australia is better than New Zealand. Change my mind.
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Level 66
May 26, 2019
Way. Not.
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Level 83
Aug 3, 2019
Blistering desert of poisonous stuff spread out over 5 million square kilometers.

Way, way more beauty in a nicely compact package.

Yup, Australia just plain out and out sucks.

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Level 75
Oct 11, 2019
Research the two, and you'll change your mind all by yourself.
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Level 33
Oct 12, 2019
Yeah Nah, maybe under Jacinda but things will get better.
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Level 72
Jan 13, 2020
I can't believe anyone truly thinks Australia is better than NEW ZEALAND?
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Level 60
Nov 2, 2020
Haha no. Kane Williamson >>> Sandpaper Steve Smith.
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Level 66
Nov 2, 2020
I visited both, and my verdict is New Zealand in a landslide.
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Level 84
Oct 11, 2019
kept trying to think of the director of boy/hunt for the wilderpeople/eagle shark (Taika Waititi), then it occurred to me who the obvious director answer was
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Level 71
Oct 16, 2019
I dunno. Peter Jackson had his heyday, but then sort of… petered out? (I’m so punny.) I mean, he hasn’t done much of anything since The Hobbit trilogy, which was not exactly well-regarded. We’re reaching the point where a whole generation will have never heard of him.

Right now, however, Taika Waititi is on freakin’ fire. Aside from his aforementioned work, Thor 2 and the much-anticipated Thor 3, he just came out with Jojo Rabbit, and he keeps cropping up in all sorts of cameos – in movies, music videos, etc. He might be the most famous NZ director right now.

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Level 85
Jan 13, 2020
I also thought of Waititi first. Though him and Jackson are probably the only two directors from New Zealand that I can name off the top of my head.
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Level 79
Jun 3, 2020
Jane Campion?
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Level 85
Jul 11, 2020
Campion makes three now. :)
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Level 85
Nov 2, 2020
And recently I learned that Andrew Niccol (guy who directed Gattaca) is from New Zealand, so I'm up to four now.
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Level 78
Nov 2, 2020
Niki Caro. Whale Rider was her first movie I saw back in the early 2000s and I thought it was a wonderful film. I think she's getting pretty good reviews with Mulan this year but I haven't seen it.
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Level 75
Nov 2, 2020
Roger Donaldson, Lee Tamahori and Martin Campbell are also respected directors. New Zealand is impressive in that regard.
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Level 66
Nov 2, 2020
I love Hunt for the Wilderpeople! Great movie :)
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Level 54
Jan 13, 2020
I kept saying Waikiki instead of Waikako
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Level 73
Nov 2, 2020
I tried Waikiki too!
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Level 76
Jan 14, 2020
Damn! Got all the letters for the native name of NZ, just not enough of them or in the right order!
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Level 37
Apr 15, 2020
Thanks for making this quiz! Makes me proud to be kiwi and I'm pleased to say I got them all :)
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Level 74
Jun 2, 2020
You should be proud. It's a fabulous country.
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Level 81
Jun 2, 2020
I researched the coat of arms, and the kiwi doesn't appear on the official one from 1911 (revised in 1956) - it only appears on the military aviation's cockade : red kiwi, circled in blue.
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Level ∞
Jun 2, 2020
Fixed now.
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Level 74
Jun 3, 2020
Good quiz, though I found the last question to be a bit out of place compared to the rest. I would have preferred a question about NZ culture such as the haka than the one about a province of the Netherlands. Minor quibble I guess.
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Level 79
Jun 3, 2020
The name of the country is basic stuff, it's not the quiz maker's fault if they couldn't think of a more original name.
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Level 63
Jun 7, 2020
I lived in New Zealand and I just felt in love of this country, there is nothing similar in this world
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Level 59
Nov 2, 2020
Finally managed to get 100% on one of these, I guess I must’ve picked up a bit of knowledge visiting NZ on holiday!
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Level 75
Nov 2, 2020
12/20, could have gotten 14. No chance for the other 6.
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Level 53
Nov 2, 2020
Just pointing out that aotearoa is not the Maori name for New Zealand as they dont actually have one. Instead Maori still tend to talk about the country as either the fish of Maui (north island) and the Waka of Maui (south island).

Aotearoa was actually created by pakeha to give the country as a whole a "Maori name".

Most Maori actually had little say over the matter.

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Level 66
Jan 19, 2021
I've always assumed New Zealand was named for the Danish island of Zealand. Guess I was wrong.
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Level 40
Apr 4, 2021
got all of them easy. To be fair tho, I am a local.
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Level 37
Apr 15, 2021
Boba Fett is New Zealandish