- New Zealand is part of the "Zealandia" continent, of which, 93% is submerged.
- New Zealand was undiscovered and completely devoid of human beings no more than 800 years ago.
- Elizabeth II is the Queen of New Zealand and the head of state.
- Sign Language is one of three official languages of New Zealand.
- New Zealand is the fastest country in the world to start a business: just one day.
- Around 1300 CE, Polynesians settled in today's New Zealand, and developed the distinctive Maori culture.
- "Aotearoa," often translated as "land of the long white cloud," is the current Maori name for New Zealand.
- In 1999, an ex-prostitute in New Zealand, Georgina Beyer, became the world's first openly transsexual Member of Parliament.
- The steepest street in the world is Baldwin St. in Dunedin, New Zealand, with a 38° gradient.
- New Zealand's Ninety-Mile Beach is only 55 miles long.
- Organised commercial bungee jumping first began in New Zealand in the 1980s.
- The logo of the Royal New Zealand Air Force is the Kiwi, a flightless bird.
- In 1996, a man broke into a radio station in New Zealand, held the manager hostage, and demanded the station to play "Rainbow Connection" by Kermit the frog.
- There are giant carnivorous snails living in New Zealand.
- If everyone lived as densely as the do in Manhattan, the human race could fit in New Zealand.
- The courts in New Zealand allowed a child to be named "Number 16 Bus Shelter."
- New Zealand's native Maori make up only 15% of the population, but over 50% of the imprisoned population.
- The Kiwi is the national animal of New Zealand.
- In 1984, New Zealand's Prime Minister got drunk and decided to spontaneously call a general election. He lost.
- After tourists began leaving bras on a fence in rural New Zealand, the trend caught on making the "Cardrona Bra Fence" a popular tourist attraction.
- New Zealand's two main islands (the North Island and the South Island) had no official names until 2009.