1. New Zealand is the first place on earth that receives the first ray of light. It specifically glints first on the small town of Rangitukia in North Island.
2. New Zealand established a state-run tourism department in 1901 – the first in the world.
3. The world’s smallest marine dolphin and the rarest sea lion thrive only in New Zealand’s waters.
4. The heights of Mount Everest were first conquered by Sir Edmund Hillary, a New Zealander.
5. The first Rugby World Cup in 1987 was won by the New Zealand All-Blacks.
6. Vineyards located in the southernmost tip of the world belong to New Zealand’s Central Otago region.
7. Wellington’s old Government Building is the biggest wooden structure in the southern hemisphere.
8. In 1893, New Zealand gave women the right to vote. It was the first country to do so.
9. Only three countries in the world have two official national anthems – Denmark, Croatia, and New Zealand.
10. New Zealand has a ratio of 400 golf courses for every four million people. It has the greatest number of golf courses in the world.