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THE ALL BLACKS

The All Blacks represent New Zealand in rugby union, which is regarded as the country’s national sport. In addition to winning the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987, they are also the leading points scorer of all time and the only international rugby team with a winning record against every test nation they have ever played. Only 5 of the top 20 ranked rugby union test nations have ever beaten New Zealand in over 100 years of international competition.

BUNGY JUMPING


Commercial bungy jumping began in 1988 at the Kawarau Bridge Bungy at Queenstown, New Zealand by entrepreneur and daredevil, A. J. Hackett. After making his first jump from Auckland’s Greenhithe Bridge in 1986, Hackett performed a number of jumps from bridges and other structures (including the Eiffel Tower), building public interest in the sport, which eventually lead to opening the world’s first permanent commercial bungy site. Hackett remains one of the largest commercial bungy operators with jump sites in several countries.

KIWI


Kiwi are flightless birds endemic to New Zealand. The kiwi as a symbol first appeared in the late 19th century in New Zealand regimental badges. Along with the Silver Fern, it has since become a well-known national symbol for New Zealand and its people.

Māori traditionally believe that kiwi are under the protection of Tane Mahuta, god of the forest. Although Kiwi feathers are particularly important to Māori, as they are used for ceremonial cloaks, Māori no longer hunt kiwi, but consider themselves their guardians.

SILVER FERN


The silver fern (ponga in M¯aori) isa species of medium-sized tree fern endemic to New Zealand. The New Zealand fern brand represents a land apart, where geographic isolation forged both a land of spectacular beauty and an independent spirit you would expect from the youngest country on Earth.

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, along with Tourism New Zealand and their New Zealand brand partners use this recognisable mark to denote premium New Zealand products around the world.

INNOVATION


New Zealand company HamiltonJet pioneered the development of the modern waterjet system, allowing patrol boats, ferries, crew boats, fire boats, landing barges and pleasure craft to operate at high-speed.

Number 8 wire is a gauge of wire on the American wire gauge that has become a part of the cultural fabric of New Zealand. The conversion of New Zealand wilderness into farms created the need for many fences. The preferred wire was the Number 8 gauge, but it was often used inventively and practically for applications other than for fencing. Number 8 wire represents “Kiwi ingenuity” – a quality that was born out of isolation and lack of infrastructure in New Zealand’s early history.

New Zealand has since gained a reputation as a nation of resourceful and creative inventors. Over the years, Kiwis have been responsible for the creation of some groundbreaking inventions and the development of many techniques and practices such as the energy efficient Wellington Motor, the tranquiliser dart gun, the electric fence, the jet-proppelled boat and of course the great strides in nuclear physics, mountaineering and adventure tourism

5 Things to Say WOW about Natural South Africa

  • South Africa has one of the oldest meteor scars in the world. The  meteor plummeted to Earth nearly two billion years ago, predating the heady days of oxygen and multi-celled life. The Vredefort Dome was recently declared a World Heritage Site.
  • South Africa is the world’s leader in mining and minerals. It has nearly 90% of the platinum metals on Earth, 80% of the manganese, 73% of the chrome, 45% of the vanadium and 41% of the gold.
  • The world is divided into six floral kingdoms. One of these is located entirely within South Africa. The Cape Floral Kingdom has 9600 plant species, 70% of which are not found anywhere else in the world.
  • South Africa is home to the largest land mammal (Elephant),   smallest mammal (Least Dwarf Shrew), fastest mammal (Cheetah), largest bird (Ostrich) and the largest fish (Whale Shark).
  • The African Black-Footed Penguin, the largest colony of which is found on Dyer Island off the Western Cape, can swim up to 40 kilometres per hour which is faster than the Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin.

5 Things to Say WOW about Cultural South Africa

  • South Africa has the only street in the world to house two Nobel Peace Prize winners – Vilakazi Street in Soweto has houses owned by Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
  • South Africa has the longest wine route in the world, the R62 wine route.
  • The Transfrontier Park set in South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe is a world first. The 38600 square kilometre park will be   bigger than the Yellowstone National Park in the US, and bigger than Switzerland, Belgium or Taiwan.
  • South Africa has 11 official languages: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu.
  • More than 50% of the Paragliding world records have been set in  South Africa.