When it comes to the differences between New Zealand and Australia, are you ready to put your knowledge to the test? Many people think that they're basically the same place, being from the same part of the world and all, but nothing could be farther from the truth.
Do you know with one was founded as a religious colony and which one was founded as a penal colony? Which country is known for snakes, vast deserts and droughts, and which is known for lakes, rich fertile soil, and glaciers?
We know you're the type of person that has a thirst for knowledge and that always has a burning desire to learn more about the world. You love to learn new things, and you like to put your knowledge to the test.
So go ahead and take this quiz and show off your skills, while all the while learning more about the countries of New Zealand and Australia, that is if you think you have what it takes. Do you think you know which country dislikes England more than the other, or in which land the Hobbit trilogy was filmed? After you get done throwing another shrimp on the barbie, see if you're smart enough to ace this quiz.
Australia is the world's sixth largest country by area. It's massive! New Zealand is not massive.
Australia is famous for its kangaroos. The kangaroo is Australia's national symbol, and these marsupials outnumber people in Australia.
Australia was populated by English convicts way back in the day. The last convicts were transported in 1868. For quite some time, Australians were not very fond of the English for this reason.
Australia has over 830 species of reptile. The dry climate is ideal.
People from New Zealand are Kiwis. DO NOT call someone from Australia a Kiwi. You're going to lose a limb.
Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. It's also the southernmost capital city in the world!
Nether country is shaped like a boot. That would be Italy.
Queen Elizabeth II is the queen of New Zealand and Australia. She is the only monarch most people remember, having been crowned in 1953!
New Zealand was discovered by the Maori people from Polynesia. This was before England swooped in and took over.
Australia has a massive population of over 22 million. New Zealand has fewer than 5 million people.
Due to its size and isolation, Australia is known as the "island continent.' New Zealand is scarcely the size of a continent.
Perth is located in Australia. It is, in fact, one of the largest cities in the country, along with Sydney and Melbourne.
New Zealand was the first country to have universal suffrage. This took place in 1893, allowing both men and women could vote.
The Australian Aborigines once populated the country. They were joined by Torres Strait Islanders.
New Zealand has two national anthems. Once is "God Save the Queen" and the other is "God Defend New Zealand."
Neither of these countries invented the Christmas tree. That would be Germany, which invented many Christmas traditions.
New Zealand was once part of New South Wales. Australia offered to make NZ a part of their nation, and NZ said "no thanks."
New Zealand was the first country to achieve this. The positions included the Prime Minister (Helen Clark), the Governor General (Dame Silvia Cartwright), and the Chief Justice (Sian Elias). Oh, and don't forget about the queen!
Australia hosted the Olympics twice - once in 1956 and once in 2000. New Zealand has not hosted the Olympics.
The moa, a flightless bird, stood 12 feet tall! Unfortunately, the Maoris killed them off about 600 years ago.
That would be Germany. Please tell me you know that. Although, it's acceptable to celebrate Oktoberfest in either country.
New Zealand was forced to leave in the 1980s when they outlawed nuclear power and arms. To this day, there is no nuclear power in New Zealand.
New Zealand is the size of Colorado. Australia is the size of, like, many many many Colorados.
Australia is mostly covered by a type of desert called the Outback. Now you have a better appreciation when you go to Outback Steakhouse.
Mount Fuji is located in Japan. But a very tall mountain called Mount Kosciuszko is in Australia.
The famous Great Barrier Reef is off the northeast coast of Australia. It's being killed by the crown-of-thorns starfish and climate change!
Australia is technically wealthier than New Zealand. However, they're both wealthy, in the grand scheme of things.
New Zealand is famous for always using plastic. Almost all personal transactions are done with a card.
Prostitution is legal in New Zealand. It's also legal in part of Australia - specifically, New South Wales.
New Zealand was actually the last major land mass to be populated. This doesn't include the polar regions.
You can find the big five game animals in Africa. But in Australia, you will encounter koalas, kangaroos, emus, dingoes and platypuses.
The father of nuclear physics was Ernest Rutherford. He was from New Zealand, and he won the Nobel Prize.
Nicole Kidman is Australian; however, she was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She starred in the epic movie, "Australia."
"The Piano," directed by Jane Campion, was set in New Zealand. It won three Academy Awards.
"The Lord of the Rings" was shot almost entirely in New Zealand. Peter Jackson is one of the most famous directors to come out of NZ.