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Off the Map: Despite Tourist Popularity New Zealand Gets Ignored

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November 29, 2017 in Weird News


New Zealand is a popular destination for tourists from around the world, so why is New Zealand often ignored when on a casual map of the world?

With amazing scenery and all kinds of outdoor adventure opportunities, New Zealand attracts thousands of visitors every year who love to skydive, paddle through whitewater rapids, and bungee jump. There are all kinds of New Zealand road trips for visitors to enjoy.

Telegraph Travel has deemed New Zealand the best country on the planet, as voted on by the readers of the travel magazine for the past four years in a row.

To be fair, New Zealand is fairly small, and it’s easy to forget that New Zealand is there at all.

The traditional world map shows New Zealand at the bottom on the right. It’s off the southeast coast of Australia, but there are times when it’s simply left off the map by clothing designers, retailers, and even television shows.

New Zealand often gets dropped, or even cut off completely, even though it is one of the most exciting places to visit in the world.

Even Reddit has a place for Kiwis to discuss places where New Zealand is being left off the map. The forum MapsWithoutNZ has over 28,000 subscribers and continues to grow. The list of places New Zealand has been literally left off the map is staggering, and one big omission includes a post on New Zealand’s own government website.

New Zealand left itself off a map on a government website.

Museums are also leaving new Zealand off the Map. At the Smithsonian Natural History Museum a map of the world ignores the existence of New Zealand and shows nothing but ocean instead.

New Zealand is comprised of two main islands, with both islands containing volcanoes and glaciation. It’s home to “Middle Earth” in the “Lord of the Rings” movies because of the unique landscapes found in the area.

There is more than 4.5 million people living in New Zealand, a pretty large population to continually ignore.

No matter what type of vacation people are looking for, New Zealand has something to offer just about everyone. From luxury vacations, to vacations full of high adventure, there is plenty to see and do throughout the country.

New Zealanders understand that they are small and in an odd spot on the world map. Hannah Martin made herself clear,“New Zealand has given a lot to the world – Lorde, Sir Edmund Hillary, the Lord of the Rings films – but time and again we find ourselves left out, and left off the map.”

When the Simpsons leave you off of a map of the world, you start to have a complex. The popular show has shown maps of the world many times, and tends to leave New Zealand out of the picture.

The small island has much to offer tourists, and while it can be easy enough to leave off a world map, it’s time to stop ignoring New Zealand and all that comes from this beautiful country.

New Zealand may be small, but it’s a mighty force in world tourism.

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