Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, New Zealand

Because you need to know where you’re from, in order to know where you’re going.

Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu – or more locally known as Taumata for ease of every day speak, is famed as the place sporting the second longest name in the world. What on earth does it mean? In English, The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one. Aww!

Not much more than a hill in the Hawke’s Bay region, the attraction of visiting is clearly to get a snap of the sign – which, when all the Maori words are strung together in one long line like that, is impressively long! Makes for some awesome travel photos!


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