Longest Name in New Zealand
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Longest Name in New Zealand

Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu sign - the longest place name in New Zealand

Located in the Hawke's Bay, near Porangahau, there's a hill called Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu - pronounced "Taumata whakatangi hangakoauau o tamatea turi pukakapiki maunga horo nuku pokai whenua kitanatahu".

With 57 characters in its name, it is the longest place name in New Zealand, and the longest single word place name in the world.

Locals call it simply Taumata Hill.

The Maori place name translates into English as "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 sign makes for a great photo opportunity, however permission is required to walk to the actual hill as it is on private land.