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New Zealand Quiz Questions

  1. Which city is nicknamed the Edinburgh of the South?
  2. Which New Zealand film maker and screenwriter won an Oscar for Best Director in 2003?
  3. Name the mountain range that extends along much of the length of New Zealand's South Island?
  4. Which native bird lays the largest egg in relation to their body size of any species of bird in the world?
  5. Name the largest city on New Zealand's South Island?

  6. Name the highest mountain in New Zealand?
  7. The Maori name for New Zealand is ‘Aotearoa’, what is the translation of this word?
  8. In 1919, which New Zealander was the first person in the world to split the atom?
  9. What's New Zealand's biggest city?
  10. The Piano, a 1993 film about a mute female piano player, was directed by which New Zealander?
  11. Sir Edmund Hillary climbed Mount Everest in which year?
  12. In 1893, New Zealand became the first country to do what political first?
  13. A mere 1,000 years ago, which now extinct giant flightless birds inhabited the islands of New Zealand?
  14. Which New Zealand actor, born in 1947, starred along side Sean Connery in The Hunt For Red October?
  15. What are the only land mammals native to New Zealand - all the others were introduced by Maoris and Europeans?


  1. Dunedin
  2. Peter Jackson (for 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King')
  3. Southern Alps
  4. Kiwi
  5. Christchurch
  6. Mount Cook
  7. The land of the long white cloud?
  8. Ernest Rutherford
  9. Aukland
  10. Jane Campion
  11. 1953
  12. Give women the vote
  13. Moas

  14. Sam Neill
  15. Bats

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