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10 things you probably didn’t know about New Zealand

New Zealand is certainly one of Storm Surfers favourite destinations in the world. In filmmaker’s film Last Paradise Clive Neeson spent forty years recording images of New Zealand’s outdoors and virgin paradises from all across the world. You can now see this epic journey of discovery and innovation to enjoy natures beauty as Last Paradise tours nationally.

But here’s 10 things you might not know about the land of the long white cloud:

10. Only 5% of NZ’s population is human – the rest are animals.

Baldwin St Dunedin

Baldwin St, Dunedin

9. Blue Lake, in Nelson Lakes National Park, has the clearest water in the world.

8. More people die in New Zealand each year playing lawn bowls than scuba diving.

6. Baldwin Street, in Dunedin, is the world’s steepest street. The road has a gradient of 1 in 2.86 at its steepest section, a 38 per cent grade. – pictured right

7. Organised commercial bungee jumping first began in New Zealand.

5. Wellington, the Capital City of New Zealand is the southernmost capital city in the world. Remember this one for those trivia nights.

4. There are no snakes in New Zealand.

3. While it is no longer the case, New Zealand was once governed as a part of the territory of New South Wales (later a part of Australia). When Australia federated in 1901, New Zealand was offered a place as one of their states. New Zealand refused and is its own country with no ties (other than economic and commonwealth) to Australia.

2. New Zealander and Nobel Prize Winner, Ernest Rutherford is known as the father of nuclear physics for his orbital theory of the atom.

1. Last Paradise is a film with perhaps the longest gestation period in New Zealand cinema: filmmaker Clive Neeson spent forty years recording images of New Zealand’s outdoors and virgin paradises from across the world. He began filming at age 15 with home made equipment and by age 17 had devised the theme for “Last Paradise” which was to become a lifetime project.

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“LAST PARADISE” uses the world’s most exciting adventure to address the world’s most crucial issues. Through the untold story of extreme sport pioneering and 45 years of stunning original footage, we are alerted to what was once “normal” for our planet, how dramatically it has changed in one lifetime, and how the spirit of innovation can save it – read full synopsis

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