The Longest Place-name in the World

Taumata whakatangihanga koauau o tamatea turi pukakapiki maunga horo nuku pokai whenua kitanatahu is the Māori name for a hill, 305 metres (1,001 ft) high, close to Porangahau, south of Waipukurau in southern Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.

The name is often shortened to Taumata by the locals for ease of conversation. The New Zealand Geographic Placenames Database, maintained by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), records the name as “Taumata whakatangihanga koauau o­tamatea pokai whenua ki tana tahu”. It has gained a measure of fame as it is the longest place-name found in any English-speaking country.

The name  translates roughly as The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one. At 85 letters, it has been listed in the Guinness World Records as one of the longest place names in the world.

Via Wikipedia


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One Response to The Longest Place-name in the World

  1. alfy says:

    These long place names are made up by wankers with nothing better to do with their time. The “Guiness Book of Records” should not encourage them. They are unusable, that’s why the Maoris have a short practical name, and also why the Welsh call their longest-name village, “Llanfair PG”.

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