Unusual Place Names

New Zealand can keep up with the rest of the world in finding strange, weird, silly and unusual names for it's places. In fact the whole country is named, strangely and simply, Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud. A lot of our odd place-names are English language terms, and located in the South Island, (Te Waipounamu; The source of Greenstone or sometime previously; Te Waka a Maui, Maui's canoe) more of the North Island (Te Ika a Maui; the Fish of Maui) having been earlier populated and more properly named by Maori. Some place names belie the sheer fatigue of the explorers and surveyors who came up with them, as well as the weather and travel conditions they encountered. NZPlaces always appreciates first-hand accounts and images from travellers, especially those intrepid enough to visit unusually named places. https://nzplaces.nz/add-a-place

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