Thursday, 3 September 2020

Longest place name in the world – sorry Wales!

Not content with having the steepest street in the world, New Zealand also has the longest place name – in both cases to the chagrin of Wales!

Our place name is 85 characters long.  It is in Te Reo (Maori).  It's a hill in the Hawke's Bay.

Are you ready?  Taumata whakatangi hangakoauau o tamatea turi pukakapiki maunga horo nuku pokai whenua kitanatahu – what does it mean in English? The place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as 'landeater’, played his flute to his loved one.

The hill is on private land so you need permission to go up it – but you can take a selfie with the sign – if your camera is wide angled enough.

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