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New Zealand Home To The Longest Place Name In The World

The World's Longest Place Name (NEW ZEALAND)

Vintage photograph of Sheep farmers with the original sign of the World's longest place name in the foreground.

The title of the 'Longest place name' goes to a small 1000-foot hill in the Hawkes Bay region of the North Island of New Zealand.

Its name, get ready for it...

Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauo tamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronuku pokaiwhenuakitanatahu.

This is not only New Zealand's longest place name but also holds the Guinness World Record for the longest place name in the World at 85 letters long.

This hill got its lengthy name in honor of the native warrior Tamatea.

What Does The Worlds Longest Place Name Mean?

Longest Place Name In The World (New Zealand)

Sign for the New Zealand Hill with the world's longest place name.

The name is written in the native Māori language of New Zealand. 

When translated into English it reads,

"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."

New Zealanders simply call it Taumata Hill.

The original story goes...

Tamatea was a famous and well-known chief and warrior.

He was traveling through the back of Porangahau with his brother when they would encounter another hostile tribe.

A fight broke out between them and the other tribe and during the skirmish, his brother was killed.

Tamatea was deeply saddened by the loss of his brother.

It was said for some days he stayed at the battle site grieving over his loss.

And each morning he would sit on the hill and play a tune for his brother on a koauau or Māori flute.

How To Pronounce The Longest Place Name In The World

The Competition - The Longest Place Name in Wales

Longest Place Name Wales

Welsh Town Name 'Worlds Longest Town Name'

Llanfairpwll-gwyngyllgogerychwyrndrob-wllllantysiliogogogoch.

Although this looks like someone has face planted on their keyboard, its not, its the longest place name in Wales.

At 58 letters the Welsh are often trying to claim the longest place name.

However, our small New Zealand hill with its 85 letter name trumps their name by 27 letters.

They may have the world record for the 'longest town name' but not 'longest place name'.

Summary

The World's longest place name is a small unassuming Hill in the North Island of New Zealand.

Despite claims from a Welsh town we trump their name by 27 letters.

It is a whopping mouthful at 85 characters long.


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