Top 10 Funniest New Zealand Town Names

Maoris and Europeans alike have clearly had a whale of a time naming some of the towns, rivers and ski fields in New Zealand. While some place names are just hilariously long, others can be interpreted as pretty funny from an English-speaking perspective.

Likewise, the meaning of some of the Maori names are interesting to say the least. Don’t you wish you came from a place called “Burnt Pen!s”? Anyway, here are some of the funny place names in New Zealand!




We like to believe someone let rip as they were naming it. Locals like to believe it’s because this cape receives the winds from Australia. The real story is, the English explorer, Captain Cook, named the cape after experiencing strong winds off its shores.

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