228 New Zealand Trivia Questions (Ranked From Easiest to Hardest)

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June 7, 2024
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228 New Zealand Trivia Questions Ranked From Easiest to Hardest (Updated For 2024)

  1. In 1894, New Zealand became the first country to ensure that all union workers made a certain amount of money at their job. What term is used to refer to the amount you legally have to be paid? (in New Zealand, it’s $22.70 per hour as of 2023. In the U.S., it’s $7.25 per hour)

    Answer: Minimum Wage

  2. What “R” New Zealand city is home to the NBA’s Steven Adams, the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, and geothermal activity? It comes from the Māori for “second lake.”

    Answer: Rotorua

  3. They’d have to wait until 1920 in the USA and 1971 in Switzerland! Thanks to the work of Kate Sheppard, among others, New Zealand was the first country in the world to give votes in national elections to what group of people?

    Answer: Women

  4. Director of New Zealand’s two highest grossing domestically produced films, Taika Waititi is probably best known internationally for his helming the two most recent Marvel movies named for what blond-maned hammer enthusiast?

    Answer: Thor

  5. The ANZUS Agreement of 1951 is a non-binding security agreement between Australia, the United States, and what guessable island nation?

    Answer: New Zealand

  6. What kind of object is New Zealand's Tane Mahuta, which is roughly 2,000 years old, 52.2 meters high, and is the largest living kauri in the world?

    Answer: Tree

  7. What “C” New Zealand Peninsula, extending north from the western end of the Bay of Plenty, forms a natural barrier that protects Hauraki Gulf and the Firth of Thames from the Pacific Ocean?

    Answer: Coromandel Peninsula

  8. First created in 1907 combining a fruit juice and carbonated mineral water, what is the official name of the popular L&P drink manufactured in New Zealand and owned by Coca-Cola?

    Answer: Lemon & Paeroa

  9. You’d fall asleep before you could count all 27 million of them, compared to just 5 million people. New Zealand is the country with the highest ratio of what farmyard animal to humans?

    Answer: Sheep

  10. Sorry Dragon, you won't find the April Sun there. On which geographically named street is Wellington's famous Bucket Fountain?

    Answer: Cuba Street

  11. Gaining popularity sine the 1980s, what is the name of the Polynesian sport that is practiced by racing canoes and other small watercraft? The seven-letter name comes from the Māori phrase for an outrigger canoe.

    Answer: Waka ama

  12. Over $30,000 has been raised for breast cancer research via a donation box attached to a Cardona, New Zealand fence decorated with a collection of what clothing article?

    Answer: Bras

  13. Which seaside city on the Bay of Plenty is home to the largest port in New Zealand, as well as Baypark Stadium and the Classic Flyers Museum?

    Answer: Tauranga

  14. What New Zealander ended his Best Screenplay Oscar acceptance speech for "Jojo Rabbit" with "kia ora," a Māori expression of thanks?

    Answer: Taika Waititi

  15. What “M” Sound in Fiordland on New Zealand’s South Island is home to Mitre Peak, as well as Stirling and Bowen Falls? It is named after a "M" Haven in Wales with the same name.

    Answer: Milford Sound

  16. Representing the Southern Cross constellation, how many red stars are on the national flag of New Zealand?

    Answer: Four

  17. In which resort city on Lake Wakatipu can you bungee jump off the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge and ski The Remarkables?

    Answer: Queenstown

  18. The brand Pascall owns a trademark on the name of what chocolate candy with a soft pineapple-flavored center, popular among New Zealanders?

    Answer: Pineapple Lumps

  19. Mount Tongariro is a compound volcano located on which of New Zealand's islands?

    Answer: North Island

  20. Which island off Auckland can you visit to tour more than 30 vineyards, take a walk along Cable Bay, and swim at Onetagi Beach?

    Answer: Waiheke

  21. A neon green lake in Waiotapu, New Zealand is appropriately known as Devil's Bath, since its color comes from deposits of what stanky element?

    Answer: Sulphur

  22. What city, the largest on New Zealand's South Island, is named for a college of England's famous University of Oxford?

    Answer: Christchurch

  23. Known for characters such as Ken & Ken, and Camp Mother & Camp Leader, sisters Jools and Lynda are among the most popular of New Zealand's folk-singing comedy duos—under what name do they perform?

    Answer: The Topp Twins

  24. Given their births in the New Zealand cities of Whangarei and Wellington, country singer Keith and Star Trek actor Karl share what apt last name?

    Answer: Urban

  25. What “C” peak in Queenstown, New Zealand is a skiing mountain, whose name is the same as a crown that is commonly worn by lesser royalties, such as those with peerage?

    Answer: Coronet Peak

  26. North and South Island, the two main islands of New Zealand, are separated by a strait named for what British explorer, who was the first European to sail through it and was also the first European to make contact with the Hawaiian Islands?

    Answer: James Cook (The Cook Strait)

  27. You’ll find them throughout the country, but adventuring through the Waitomo Caves will give you one of the most magical experiences with which bioluminescent insect? (Hint: Like fireflies, they’re also part of the Lampyridae family)

    Answer: Glowworm

  28. New Zealand’s men’s national rugby union team is more commonly known by what English monochromatic nickname?

    Answer: All Blacks

  29. Referring to the uniform color of their uniforms, what two-word nickname is often used for the men's national football team of New Zealand?

    Answer: All Whites

  30. Founded in 1916, which party that currently has members in parliament is New Zealand’s oldest surviving political party?

    Answer: The Labour Party

  31. The puteketeke was named Bird of the Century by New Zealand conservation organization Forest and Bird, after a massive international campaign by what British-American television show host?

    Answer: John Oliver

  32. New Zealand is known for its kiwifruit, which is one of the nation's major agricultural exports today. Which Asian nation are these gooseberries actually native to?

    Answer: China

  33. Born with the surname Schmitz, he changed it to something more pertinent to his interests. Which Glenorchy resident has been fighting extradition to the U.S. since his arrest in 2012 for charges relating to the online file hosting site Megaupload?

    Answer: Kim Dotcom

  34. In 1986, New Zealander A.J. Hackett took a (literal) leap from Greenhithe Bridge in Auckland and shortly thereafter founded the commercial industry around what thrill-seeking activity?

    Answer: Bungee jumping

  35. New Zealand’s Waikato River cascades down what “H” waterfall, just north of Taupo?

    Answer: Huka Falls

  36. Perhaps it was in a case of shocking luck that Anthony Starr was cast as both Jethro West and Van West in what classic New Zealand TV series?

    Answer: Outrageous Fortune

  37. What is the "A" type of spirit which suggests Australian and New Zealand soldiers possess shared characteristics? The term rose in popularity based on soldiers' actions on the battlefields of World War I.

    Answer: Anzac spirit

  38. What’s the fruity name of a flightless bird that lives in New Zealand?

    Answer: Kiwi

  39. On its east, the New Zealand city of Auckland touches the Pacific Ocean. What is the body of water that borders Auckland to its west?

    Answer: Tasman Sea

  40. What New Zealander became the first man to summit Mount Everest in 1953 alongside Tibetan mountaineer Tenzing Norgay?

    Answer: Sir Edmund Hillary

  41. What Sound in Fiordland, New Zealand, part of the Tasman Sea, is also known as Patea? Its name makes it seem like the Sound is feeling uncertain about something.

    Answer: Doubtful Sound

  42. Also known by a Māori name meaning “glowing skies”, by what name is the third largest island of New Zealand known?

    Answer: Stewart Island

  43. In December 2021, the Associate Health Minister of which Southern Hemisphere island nation confirmed that the government would introduce legislation that would ban anyone under the age of 14 from ever legally purchasing tobacco?

    Answer: New Zealand

  44. Which Northern Ireland born actor, who moved to New Zealand when he was 7, starred in the movies Jurassic Park and The Piano (both 1993), as well as appearing in the TV series Peaky Blinders?

    Answer: Sam Neill

  45. Celebrated every February 6, what is the name of the national day of New Zealand, which celebrates a collection of Māori chiefs and representatives of the British Crown signing a treaty of the same name?

    Answer: Waitangi Day

  46. Wendy Jarland in New Zealand holds the title of having the world's largest collection of paraphernalia related to what back-of-the-alphabet safari mammal?

    Answer: Zebra

  47. Along with the U., U.S., Canada, and Australia, New Zealand is a member of which intelligence alliance known by a two-word name sometimes abbreviated to FVEY?

    Answer: Five Eyes

  48. Westland Tai Poutini National Park on New Zealand’s South Island is home to what glacier with a vulpine name?

    Answer: Fox Glacier

  49. Which New Zealander wrote and directed the short film Two Cars, One Night, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2005?

    Answer: Taika Waititi

  50. Niue is a self-governing coral island in free association with what larger country? This larger country is to the east of Australia.

    Answer: New Zealand

  51. The University of Canterbury Mount John Observatory (UCMJO), New Zealand's premier astronomical research observatory, overlooks which South Island lake which is also home to the Church of the Good Shepherd?

    Answer: Lake Tekapo

  52. A wilderness reserve at the north end of New Zealand’s South Island is named for what 17th century Dutch explorer? He was the first European explorer to reach New Zealand and Van Diemen’s Land, the latter of which was also renamed after him.

    Answer: Abel Tasman

  53. Fitting for the home of Fred Dagg, a large, corrugated iron statue of what item of clothing can be found on the outskirts of Taihape?

    Answer: Gumboot

  54. Te Ika-a-Maui is the name for what part of New Zealand in the Māori language? The New Zealand Geographic Board recognized this as a formal name for this part of the nation in 2009.

    Answer: North Island

  55. What current NBA player for the New Orleans Pelicans was born in Rotorua, New Zealand in 1993 and played one season of basketball for the Wellington Saints in 2011?

    Answer: Steven Adams

  56. In 1998, the name of Mount Cook (highest point in New Zealand) was renamed to include what Māori word?

    Answer: Aoraki

  57. What medium to large sized owls can be found in Australia, New Zealand, and Flinders Island? Its dark colors, with little pockets of white, makes it look it was covered with some dark stuff, maybe from a chimney.

    Answer: Sooty Owl

  58. Don't overthink it: "Enz with a Bang" was the apt name for the 1984 farewell tour of what cusp o' the '70s and '80s New Zealand rock band?

    Answer: Split Enz

  59. Due to the work being done by Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries, a Japanese company, the attachments added to which New Zealand landmark in the late 1960s became known as "Nippon clip-ons"?

    Answer: Auckland Harbour Bridge

  60. In November 2023, the incoming New Zealand government announced that it would repeal a law created under the previous government that would have led to the eventual ban of what activity?

    Answer: Smoking

  61. Kiwi country guy Keith Urban had a big hit single that name-dropped three Johns: John Cougar, John 3:16, and what heavy equipment maker?

    Answer: John Deere

  62. What cult classic song by Patea Māori Club was the focus of a documentary that premiered at the 2016 New Zealand International Film Festival?

    Answer: Poi E

  63. New Zealanders like to think of themselves as inventive and creative people, but these attributes don’t seem to apply to the naming of geographical features. What word precedes “Island” to name the less southern of New Zealand’s two main land masses?

    Answer: North

  64. Opened in 1942 to mark the 300th anniversary of its namesake's visit to the country, what is New Zealand's smallest National Park?

    Answer: Abel Tasman National Park

  65. Sometimes called a continent, what is the name of the greater geographic region that New Zealand is a part of, defined by the United Nations as including Australasia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia?

    Answer: Oceania

  66. What synthetic chemical element, atomic number 104, is named after a famous New Zealand physicist?

    Answer: Rutherfordium

  67. Which southern hemisphere country do Australia play against in the Bledisloe Cup, a competition first held in 1932?

    Answer: New Zealand

  68. In November 2019, the ASB Theatre in the Aotea Centre was renamed in honor of which New Zealand performer, in acknowledgement of her work done on the world stage, as well as to mark her 75th birthday?

    Answer: Kiri Te Kanawa

  69. The New Zealand glacier known in Māori as Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere is also named in English after what 19th-century ruler of the Austro-Hungarian Empire?

    Answer: Franz Josef

  70. What “F” national park in New Zealand’s South Island is known for its namesake glacier covered inlets with steep cliffs? They are also known to occur in Scandinavia.

    Answer: Fiordland National Park

  71. What species of sea urchin (known as sea cookies or snapper biscuits in New Zealand, or pansy shells in South Africa) is three to four inches across, flat, and with a calcium carbonate skeleton covered with tiny spines which makes it possible for the animal to move across the ocean floor? Their round, coin-like skeletons with five-point radial symmetry can be found washed up on beaches in temperate and tropical zones.

    Answer: Sand dollars

  72. The official New Zealand coat of arms includes a Māori Chieftain and a European woman. What color is the ta moko (permanent face marking) and the earring on the Chieftain?

    Answer: Green

  73. Based on the daily mean temperature, what is the hottest month in New Zealand? We're basing this off of the official data from Auckland Airport from 1981 to 2010.

    Answer: February

  74. What TVNZ 2 mockumentary series follows a pair of less-than-capable cops, played by Mike Minogue and Karen O'Leary, in their pursuit of supernatural criminals?

    Answer: Wellington Paranormal

  75. Founded in 1869, which university that's home to "Scarfies" is the oldest in New Zealand?

    Answer: University of Otago

  76. The South Island village of Punakaiki is probably best known for being the site of a series of rock formations named after what breakfast food?

    Answer: Pancake (The Pancake Rocks and Blowholes)

  77. After a TV campaign by comedian John Oliver, which country's vote to name its Bird of the Century was won in a landslide by the great crested grebe, known locally as puteketeke?

    Answer: New Zealand

  78. New Zealand’s Koekohe Beach, located between Moeraki and Hampden, is home to what large smooth rocks, with an oddly spherical shape?

    Answer: Moeraki Boulders

  79. It is not in Wales or San Francisco, Guinness World Records confirmed again in 2019. What is the name of the official steepest street in the world located in Dunedin, New Zealand?

    Answer: Baldwin

  80. The Realm of New Zealand technically includes not only the traditional provinces and territories but also Tokelau (a dependent territory), the Cook Islands and Niue (self-governing states in free association with New Zealand), and the Ross Dependency. On what well-known landmass will you find the Ross Dependency?

    Answer: Antarctica

  81. Kimbra already had a top five album in New Zealand when she teamed up with Gotye for what 2012 multi-national chart-topping single?

    Answer: Somebody That I Used to Know

  82. Seen in a variety of Māori art pieces, as well as in the logo of Air New Zealand, what four-letter word refers to the spiral shape of an unfurling silver fern frond?

    Answer: Koru

  83. Shot partly in Pennsylvania and partly in New Zealand, what "skeletal" 2009 Peter Jackson film got Stanley Tucci a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for playing a serial killer?

    Answer: The Lovely Bones

  84. With a tuatara lizard on the reverse side, the New Zealand five cent coin was demonetized and taken out of circulation on the 1st of November of which year?

    Answer: 2006

  85. What actor-director from New Zealand voiced the rock-based life form Korg in "Thor: Ragnarok," "Avengers: Endgame," and "Thor: Love and Thunder"?

    Answer: Taika Waititi

  86. Known for marketing ploys like using coffin shaped boxes, the largest fast-food chain founded in New Zealand is called Hell. They specialize in what kind of food, whose invention is usually credited to Italian Raffaele Esposito?

    Answer: Pizza

  87. New Zealander Taika Waititi has only directed one film which he did not write. It was a Marvel Cinematic Universe film. What's the film?

    Answer: Thor: Ragnarok

  88. Karl Urban accents it up as William "Billy" Butcher, a dude fighting corrupt superheroes on what Amazon Prime show based on a Garth Ennis comic series?

    Answer: The Boys

  89. It's a bit unsurprising that Temuera played Boba Fett in the second season of The Mandalorian given that the New Zealander played what previous Star Wars character in the film's prequel trilogy?

    Answer: Jango Fett

  90. In "Thor: Love and Thunder," what New Zealand actor played the Greek god Zeus? This actor won an Oscar in 2001 for his performance in the movie "Gladiator."

    Answer: Russell Crowe

  91. On top of playing rugby for New Zealand, who is the only person to have been the head coach of both the men's and women's national rugby teams?

    Answer: Wayne Smith

  92. The long-tailed and the lesser short-tailed are the only two species of which order of mammals that are native to New Zealand?

    Answer: Bat

  93. What was the name of the boat which was sunk by Opération Satanique in July 1985 by a French military action? The ship was at the Port of Auckland in New Zealand on its way to a protest against a planned nuclear test.

    Answer: Rainbow Warrior

  94. What festival, the largest Pacific Island-themed festival in the world, draws over 200,000 people to Auckland every year?

    Answer: The Pasifika Festival

  95. The natural light display named Aurora Australis is also known by what more common name?

    Answer: Southern Lights

  96. The Māori name for New Zealand is Aotearoa. What does this mean? We'll accept responses that are reasonably close to the correct answer.

    Answer: The Land of the Long White Cloud

  97. What is the name of the lake in the South Island named after a runholder alive during the 19th century? This lake is within Fiordland National Park.

    Answer: Lake Gunn

  98. When listing the United Nations member states alphabetically, what nation follows immediately after New Zealand?

    Answer: Nicaragua

  99. What country has won the most Cricket World Cups since 1975, last besting New Zealand 186-3 in 2015?

    Answer: Australia

  100. Formed by a volcanic caldera in the center of the North Island, what is the largest lake in New Zealand?

    Answer: Lake Taupo

  101. What prime minister of New Zealand, elected in 2017, became internationally known for her country’s ability to quickly curb the COVID-19 pandemic in her country in 2020? This woman with an “A” last name is the youngest ever female head of state.

    Answer: Jacinda Ardern

  102. What name is given to the region of New Zealand where tourists can see movie sets used during filming of Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” films? Its name is derived from the kind of people Frodo, Samwise, and Bilbo were.

    Answer: Hobbiton

  103. The Waitomo Caves in New Zealand are best known for the spectacle of seeing what insect, scientific name arachnocampa luminosa, shine a light on the cave walls? Glowworm

    Answer: Glowworm

  104. Auckland is home to what observation tower that is over 1,000 feet tall? Home to the “Tower De Force” step climbing challenge, it gives you a slightly better vantage point to see the atmosphere.

    Answer: Sky Tower

  105. What alliteratively named soap opera, which has aired since 1992, centers around the lives and loves of hospital workers in the fictional Auckland suburb of Ferndale?

    Answer: Shortland Street

  106. What “N” island to the north of New Zealand, which self-governs while in free association with New Zealand, has its capital at Alofi?

    Answer: Niue

  107. Filled with mauls, rucks, scrums, and tries, what ball game is the national sport of New Zealand?

    Answer: Rugby

  108. What dessert, popular in both New Zealand and Australia and named for a famous Russian dancer, is made from crisp meringue, whipped cream, and fresh fruit?

    Answer: Pavlova

  109. Which town in the South Island of New Zealand, the most populous town in the region of Marlborough, is named after a battle of 1704? A palace that was the birthplace of William Churchill is also named after this battle.

    Answer: Blenheim

  110. New Zealand actress, Anna Paquin, was actually born in what country?

    Answer: Canada

  111. With a total area of 12,231 square kilometers, which New Zealand region is the fifth-most populous in the country and has the Māori name Te Moana-a-Toi?

    Answer: Bay of Plenty

  112. In 1996 Lockheed Martin began its sponsorship of the Fincastle Maintenance Trophy, an award that is competed for by aircrew from the Royal Air Forces of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and which other country?

    Answer: New Zealand

  113. Now known by its Māori name, which common New Zealand native was called "the parson bird" by earlier settlers?

    Answer: Tui

  114. Since it’s the country’s national sport, it’s no surprise that New Zealand’s national team (the All Blacks) ranks in the top 3 worldwide (behind South Africa and France). Which contact sport do they play?

    Answer: Rugby

  115. Lisa Carrington is New Zealand's most successful Olympian having won one Bronze medaland how many Gold medals?

    Answer: Five

  116. Argentina's Valley of the Moon, Canada's Dinosaur Provincial Park, and New Zealand's Putangirua Pinnacles are some examples of what geographical feature marked by the erosion of soft, clay-rich soils into colorful cliffs and ravines? The best-known example is probably a U.S. National Park.

    Answer: Badlands

  117. New Zealand’s dollar is commonly referred to as which bird that’s featured on the coin form of the currency?

    Answer: Kiwi

  118. What Southern Hemisphere nation, still technically a British colony at the time, was the first to grant the right to vote to women in 1893?

    Answer: New Zealand

  119. Which two All Blacks have been named "World Rugby Men's 15s Player of the Year" a record three times each?

    Answer: Daniel Carter and Richie McCaw

  120. Which New Zealand island (now known by a similarly uncreative name) was called "Middle Island" in the late nineteenth century?

    Answer: South Island (Te Waipounamu)

  121. As of 2013, which non-official language is the third most widely spoken in New Zealand? (Hint: It’s a Polynesian language and about half of all people who speak it live on two islands in the South Pacific)

    Answer: Samoan

  122. Which city on New Zealand's South Island is the southernmost city to offer Lime scooters?

    Answer: Christchurch

  123. On June 24, 2022, which stellar Māori New Year’s celebration was observed as a public holiday in New Zealand for the first time?

    Answer: Matariki

  124. Presumably it is popular with Willie, Horatio, and Baby Face. The "Centre of New Zealand" walk, which leads to the starting point of an 1870 trigonometrical survey of the country, is in which South Island city?

    Answer: Nelson

  125. Chip Hipkins ran unopposed to win 2023's election to lead New Zealand's Labour Party, setting him up to replace what outgoing Prime Minister?

    Answer: Jacinda Ardern

  126. New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon famously called a snap general election when drunk that he ended up losing. In which year did he do this?

    Answer: 1984

  127. Which worldwide known celebrity was born on April 17, 964 in the New Zealand capital of Wellington?

    Answer: Russell Crowe

  128. What extinct genus, named after a southern hemisphere country, reached nearly 18kg, far bigger than the Canada goose and Cape Barren goose? These geese are sometimes named after the two islands they are found on

    Answer: New Zealand Goose

  129. Which hardy stone that’s only found in New Zealand is a valuable part of Māori culture and often featured in carvings? (Hint: While most are green, different types range in color from pale white to red)

    Answer: Pounamu

  130. The city of Auckland might be lively, but is built atop over 50 thankfully dormant versions of what naturally occurring structures?

    Answer: Volcanoes

  131. What animal is found on the most New Zealand coins? This animal is usually found on the obverse or “front” of the coin.

    Answer: Human

  132. What animal lends its name both to the famous rocky outcrop at Piha beach in West Auckland, and to the parent company of Steinlager and Speight's?

    Answer: Lion

  133. Even though New Zealand are the holders, the 37th America’s Cup in 2024 will be held in which European city?

    Answer: Barcelona

  134. Which of the two islands of New Zealand did Abel Tasman first sight when he became the first European to come upon them? (Tasman saw the island, and had a skirmish with Maori in canoes, but never set foot on either island.)

    Answer: South

  135. In Māori, what New Zealand city actually has three names: Te Whanganui-a-Tara ("The Great Harbour of Tara"), Poneke (“Port Nick”), and Te Upoko-o-te-Ika-a-Maui (“The Head of the Fish of Maui”)?

    Answer: Wellington

  136. You probably know the two most populated islands of New Zealand are the North Island and the South Island, but which island with a population of roughly 10,000 people is the third most populated?

    Answer: Waiheke Island

  137. Robert Muldoon, David Lange, Jenny Shipley and James Bolger are former Prime Ministers of which southern hemisphere country?

    Answer: New Zealand

  138. A now-extinct owl species called the laughing owl, scoundrel owl, white-faced owl, or whekau, lived on what island nation where the introduction of pests like the kiore (Pacific rat) has destabilized many native species populations?

    Answer: New Zealand

  139. Based in Australia and New Zealand, name the cloud-based HR and payroll software company that shares its name with a furry red character on “Sesame Street.”

    Answer: ELMO Software

  140. The legislative council, which served as the upper house of the New Zealand parliament, was abolished in which decade?

    Answer: 1950s

  141. Before starring on television shows including “Battlestar Galactica,” “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” and “My Life Is Murder,” New Zealander Lucy Lawless portrayed what iconic warrior on her namesake fantasy adventure series airing from 1995-2001?

    Answer: Xena

  142. What New Zealand actor, after having played Eomer in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and Leonard "Bones" McCoy in the reboot of the "Star Trek" franchise, entered the MCU as Skurge, Hela's Executioner in "Thor: Ragnarok"?

    Answer: Karl Urban

  143. After a recent election, Christopher Luxon looks set to become the new Prime Minister of which English-speaking country?

    Answer: New Zealand

  144. From 2018 until 2020, Simon Bridges served as the 12th leader of what center-right political party founded in 1936 and nicknamed the “Nats?”

    Answer: National Party

  145. Although New Zealand are the holders, the 2024 Americas Cup match will be held in which European city?

    Answer: Barcelona

  146. 83. Niue ensures Internet access even in remote parts of the island with no electricity because it uses solar-powered Wi-Fi (Solarfi). What country does Niue neighbor (and is in free association with)?

    Answer: New Zealand

  147. The intelligence-sharing alliance established in 1941 among the U.S., UK, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia is typically known as the Five what?

    Answer: Eyes

  148. "Solar Power" is the name of a 2021 single by which regal New Zealand singer-songwriter, whose debut single in 2013 saw her become the youngest artist to have a song stay at number one in the U.S. for more than eight weeks?

    Answer: Lorde

  149. The largest geyser in the world, Waimangu Geyser, was formed after the eruption of what volcano southeast of Rotorua in 1886?

    Answer: Tarawera

  150. In terms of gold medals won, New Zealand’s best performance was at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. How many gold medals did they win at those games?

    Answer: Eight

  151. What billionaire cofounder of PayPal was refused permission to build a bunker-like lodge in a remote area on New Zealand's South Island, after the local council decided it would impact the environment too much?

    Answer: Peter Thiel

  152. What type of long gun gives its name to a series of battles and raids fought across New Zealand among Māori between 1807 and 1837 after Māori first obtained this firearm?

    Answer: Musket

  153. Famous for her single “Royals”, the singer Lorde was born in which southern hemisphere country?

    Answer: New Zealand

  154. New Zealand's longest glacier, second highest mountain, and fifth largest district council by land area are all named (in English) after what explorer?

    Answer: Abel Tasman (Tasman Glacier, Mount Tasman, Tasman District Council)

  155. After Jim Bolger resigned in 1997, who was elected to replace him and became the first woman to become prime minister of New Zealand?

    Answer: Jenny Shipley

  156. Of the top 10 cities in New Zealand based on population, how many of them are found on the South Island?

    Answer: Two

  157. The slogan "It's your local?" is associated with what alliterative New Zealand building supply company?

    Answer: Hammer Hardware

  158. Helen Clark, who was the administrator of the United Nations Development Program from 2009-2017, is a former Prime Minister of which Southern Hemisphere country?

    Answer: New Zealand

  159. England cricket captain Ben Stokes was born in New Zealand, and his father Gerard represented New Zealand in which sport?

    Answer: Rugby League

  160. What famous Kiwi was an opera singer that sang at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981 for a global audience of over 600 million people?

    Answer: Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

  161. Being held in the city of Auckland, what was the last year that New Zealand hosted the Commonwealth Games?

    Answer: 1990

  162. What is the coffee drink, similar to a caffe latte but with a thinner, more velvety layer of foam, that was first described in Australia in the 1980s but is also claimed as a local invention by New Zealanders?

    Answer: Flat White

  163. Finishing runner up in 2015 and 2019, who is the only country to have lost a Cricket World Cup final without winning one in another. This country is found in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Answer: New Zealand

  164. What culinary fruit of the genus Actinidia, 90% of which is cultivated in New Zealand, is also known in English as the "Chinese gooseberry?"

    Answer: Kiwi

  165. "Interviews with Some Vampires" was the subtitle of the short film that spawned what 2014 Taika Waititi mockumentary about vampire roommates in Wellington?

    Answer: What We Do in the Shadows

  166. New Zealand is, unsurprisingly, named after another physical location. Zeeland is the least populous province in what European country?

    Answer: Netherlands

  167. Bordered by territories controlled by Norway, Chile, and New Zealand, the largest territorial claim in Antarctica is controlled by what country, which is relatively close geographically?

    Answer: Australia

  168. When the New Zealand coat of arms was redesigned in 1956, Attorney-General Jack Marshall, who headed the redesign committee, requested that the female figure be redrawn to resemble what beautiful and technically royal actress?

    Answer: Grace Kelly

  169. He also spent 106 matches as assistant coach. Who has the record for most games as head coach of the All Blacks, with 109?

    Answer: Steve Hansen

  170. Because it features a shape that resembles a traditionally woven "skep," the Executive Wing of New Zealand Parliament Buildings is often referred to by what name?

    Answer: The Beehive

  171. Blue Lake and the Emerald Lakes are both beautiful bodies of water that are formerly craters created by what compound volcano on the New Zealand's North Island?

    Answer: Mount Tongariro

  172. As of June 2019 estimates, there are three cities in New Zealand with a population of at least 200,000. Name the LEAST populous of these three cities.

    Answer: Wellington

  173. In April 2006, a parliamentary bill was passed that established a third official language of New Zealand, joining English and Māori. What was this third language?

    Answer: New Zealand Sign Language

  174. Nick Nash, the Auckland native who recently won the first season of "RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under" performs under what stage name that's a pun on the name of a recreational drug?

    Answer: Kita Mean

  175. Its name meaning "the river cut short", which Waikato town is known both for being "The Rose Town of New Zealand", and as hometown of the Finn Brothers?

    Answer: Te Awamutu

  176. The Kiwi classic Goodbye Pork Pie takes place in towns and cities throughout New Zealand. In which city does the movie end, with protagonist John reuniting with his ex-girlfriend Sue?

    Answer: Invercargill

  177. In 2005 who became the second New Zealand golfer (after Sir Bob Charles) to win a major championship?

    Answer: Michael Campbell

  178. Who holds the record for both youngest All Black and youngest player of any nationality to play in a Rugby World Cup final?

    Answer: Jonah Lomu

  179. What are the two words inscribed on the Victoria Cross, which is the highest award for military bravery given to soldiers from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and other Commonwealth countries?

    Answer: For Valour

  180. Going on to become a CEO of Fairfax Media, who was the captain of the All Blacks when the won the first ever Rugby World Cup in 1987?

    Answer: David Kirk

  181. Anzac Day, an April 25th celebration of Australian and New Zealander national identity, celebrates the landings of national troops on a Turkish peninsula with what name in World War I?

    Answer: Gallipoli

  182. When Cindy Kiro being sworn in in 2021, how many years was the term of New Zealand’s Governor-general?

    Answer: Five

  183. Which deepwater aquatic animal found over 600 meters below sea level and named for its gelatinous appearance when pulled to the surface, was first discovered off New Zealand in 2003? Often the bycatch of bottom-trawling fishing, there are estimated to be fewer than 450 specimens left in the wild.

    Answer: Smoothhead blobfish

  184. The only owl that the International Ornithological Committee recognizes as having a single word name, the morepork (scientific name Ninox novaeseelandiae) is native to which two island countries?

    Answer: Australia and New Zealand

  185. In 2018, New Zealand TV hosts Jono and Ben staged a prank involving a Lime scooter being ridden by a tall, blonde lookalike of what pop singer?

    Answer: Taylor Swift

  186. What is the title of New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson's colorized documentary about the First World War, which was released in 2018, to coincide with the centenary of the war's end?

    Answer: They Shall Not Grow Old

  187. The second largest city on the South Island of New Zealand after Christchurch, Dunedin takes its name from the Gaelic for which British city?

    Answer: Edinburgh

  188. Used for herding sheep, the huntaway originates in which island country?

    Answer: New Zealand

  189. When a newer version of the 50c coin in New Zealand was introduced in 2006, a second object was added to the reverse of the coin along with the HMS Endeavour. The new object is in the background and is a geologic formation. What is it?

    Answer: Mount Taranaki

  190. The women figure in New Zealand's official coat of arms was somewhat based off of what American actress when it was designed in the 1950s?

    Answer: Grace Kelly

  191. The only one of Sacramento’s sister cities that is found in the Southern Hemisphere is a city called Hamilton. In which country is it found in?

    Answer: New Zealand

  192. Although they lost the game to South Africa, which All Blacks player scored the only try of the match in the 2023 Rugby World Cup Final?

    Answer: Beauden Barrett

  193. Valerie Adams was awarded the silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics ceremony, but was upgraded to the gold after the competition's initial winner, an athlete from what Eastern European country, failed two drug tests?

    Answer: Belarus

  194. What is the name of the "headland" in the Wellington region of New Zealand with a population of 549 people? The area is most well-known for the first permanent lighthouse in New Zealand which was constructed in 1859.

    Answer: Pencarrow

  195. Having come over from the old pound, shilling, and pence system, in which year did New Zealand adopt the dollar and change to decimal currency?

    Answer: 1967

  196. Born with the given names Keneti James Fitzgerald, which famous actor was born in Auckland, New Zealand on June 17, 1997?

    Answer: KJ Apa

  197. Seven players are considered "Silver Fern Centurions" having played over 100 international games of netball for New Zealand. Five of these players were born in New Zealand, but what country were the other two born in?

    Answer: South Africa

  198. Make no mistake about it, the fault line between New Zealand’s North and South Island that separates the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates shares its name with which animated resident of Jellystone Park?

    Answer: Boo Boo

  199. The New Zealand-born Nobel laureate physicist Maurice Wilkins is likely best known for his important work on understanding the structure of what molecule?

    Answer: DNA

  200. In what year did New Zealand become the first country to grant women the right to vote?

    Answer: 1893

  201. What award-winning novel about three isolated loners by Keri Hulme became the first novel by a New Zealand writer to win the prestigious Booker Prize?

    Answer: The Bone People

  202. Who won New Zealand’s first ever Winter Olympics medal, with a silver in the Women’s Slalom skiing at Albertvill in 1992?

    Answer: Annelise Coberger

  203. Almost everyone knows that the "Lord of the Rings" and "Hobbit" trilogies were filmed in New Zealand, but what series of fantasy novels had the first two books filmed there?

    Answer: Chronicles of Narnia

  204. What name was given to the late 19th-century movement in New Zealand aimed at encouraging abstinence from alcohol?

    Answer: Temperance movement

  205. Which island situated in the Foveaux Strait is the location of New Zealand’s tallest lighthouse? This island shares its name with a pet.

    Answer: Dog Island

  206. As its full name indicates, it operates both in the U.S. and globally. Which multinational insurance corporation has sponsored both The Women's Open in golf, and the New Zealand national rugby team?

    Answer: American International Group (AIG)

  207. FRACO and FRANZCO are the specialist qualification to practice ophthalmology in what pair of neighboring nations?

    Answer: Australia and New Zealand

  208. The Waikato River is the longest river of which island nation of the Southern hemisphere?

    Answer: New Zealand

  209. New Zealand's ground-dwelling Kakapo is the only species of what type of bird to lack the power of flight?

    Answer: Parrot

  210. During World War II, New Zealander Charles Upham twice earned the highest military award available to Commonwealth citizens. Namely, what regal bling that's equivalent to the American Medal of Honor?

    Answer: Victoria Cross

  211. New Zealand sent forces to join the Commonwealth military during the guerilla war known as the "Emergency" fought in what country from 1948 to 1960? What was either the country's name at the time or its current name?

    Answer: Malaya or Malaysia

  212. On July 10, 1985, Greenpeace’s ship, the Rainbow Warrior, was sabotaged by French eco-terrorists and sank in what Auckland body of water?

    Answer: Waitemata Harbor

  213. He had an element named after him and created an experiment using gold leaf to hypothesize about atomic structure. Ernest Rutherford was born in which southern hemisphere country?

    Answer: New Zealand

  214. What famous New Zealand Modernist artist (1908 - 1970), owned a house on Sydney Street, Wellington, which became a home for artists on yearly tenure after her death?

    Answer: Rita Angus

  215. Jack Lovelock famously won an Olympic medal in athletics in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Over what distance did he win his medal?

    Answer: 1500 meters

  216. Māori culture originated from Eastern Polynesian culture as Polynesian seafarers were the first humans to set foot on the islands of New Zealand. Based on the most up-to-date research, in what century did the Polynesians arrive in New Zealand?

    Answer: 13th century

  217. Airing from 2015 to 2018, what was the name of the television show in which popular columnist George Turner moves to a fictional New Zealand seaside town named Weld where his interactions with the locals form the plot of the show?

    Answer: 800 Words

  218. In 2021, Team New Zealand won the Americas Cup for the fourth time, defeating a boat from which European country?

    Answer: Italy

  219. New Zealand became a British colony in 1841. However, it was a Dutch explorer who recorded the first sightings of the islands by Europeans nearly 200 years before that. What was his name?

    Answer: Abel Tasman

  220. Whose 24-hour flying visit in October 1966 represented the first visit to New Zealand by a sitting U.S. President?

    Answer: Lyndon B. Johnson

  221. At 1,757 meters long, what is the longest bridge in New Zealand?

    Answer: Rakaia River Bridge

  222. If you’re trekking across Island Cliff’s Alps 2 Ocean Trail, you’ll see some big limestone rocks that resemble which animal (the largest living mammals on Earth)?

    Answer: Elephant

  223. Brewed by Lion Breweries. Speight’s Original holds the honor of being the highest selling beer from which southern hemisphere country?

    Answer: New Zealand

  224. One of the most significant Māori statesmen in the first half of the 20th century, who’s face appears on the New Zealand 50 dollar note?

    Answer: Sir Apirana Ngata

  225. Jane Campion, who became the first woman to be nominated for the Best Director Oscar twice (for "The Power of the Dog"), was born in which country?

    Answer: New Zealand

  226. What three letters are associated with the national stock exchange in New Zealand? These letters are also found on their stock indices.

    Answer: NZX

  227. New Zealand-born Phil Keoghan has hosted The Amazing Race since its inception in 2001, but he is also the host of what other CBS reality competition show that debuted in 2020?

    Answer: Tough As Nails

  228. Ted Morgan, New Zealand’s first ever Olympic gold medalist, won his medal in Amsterdam in 1928 in which sport?

    Answer: Boxing

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