Every country has their own culture. Remembering every native culture, habits and the local customs of a place involves a huge challenge for a foreign traveler. The most difficult task while travelling is to understand new language and the names of town you’re planning to visit, isn’t it ?
Locals might assist you with names during journey. But how will you react to a place, the name of which cannot be pronounced by their own people, forget the rest of World!
While heading towards North Island of New Zealand, you’ll land up on a town, which will give you a hard time to pronounce its name.
Excited to know?
Here’s the 85 character name of town…
Even the localites have shortened the name to Taumata for the convenience of visitors and tourists.
Taumata – World’s Longest Place Name enters Guinness Book of World Records
Taumata or Taumata Hills is a 1000 feet hill located in Porangahau township in New Zealand. And, it holds the Guinness World record for being world’s longest place name!
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The place got its name from a legend in which, a native warrior Tamatea spends his entire life playing flute on the hill in the grief of his brother, he lost in a war with another tribe.
Maori, the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand, wanted to name the place in his honor. Later, they decided to make it the official name.
Here’s a rough translation of the Hill’s official name, “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.”
But that’s not all. Taumata shares an alternative name, which exceeds upto 105 characters.
It can be read as: Taumata-whakatangihanga-koauau-o-Tamatea-haumai-tawhiti-ure-haea-turi-pukaka-piki-maunga-horo-nuku-pokai-whenua-ki-tana-tahu, which means “the hill of the nose-flute playing by Tamatea—who was blown hither from afar, had a slit penis, grazed his knees climbing mountains, fell on the earth, and encircled the land—to his beloved.” It is obvious that the locals found the second name of the town more descriptive enough than the first.