We visit various landforms and man-made structures which are well known for being the “longest” or the “biggest” in their area. Be that as it may, now, here is a landform which is however not an emerge from the point of view of its volume yet is remarkable as far as its name which, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is the longest name of wherever.
Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu is the Maori name for a 305 metres hill which stands in Porangahau, the southern part of Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand.
According to Wikipedia, “The name on the sign that marks the hill is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu’, which 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 the longest place name in the entire world. Other forms of the name are longer still: ‘Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaurehaeaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu’ has 92 letters. An even longer version, Taumata-whakatangihanga-koauau-o-Tamatea-haumai-tawhiti-ure-haea-turi-pukaka-piki-maunga-horo-nuku-pokai-whenua-ki-tana-tahu, has 105 letters and means The hill of the 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.”
This hill is dedicated by the local people of the region to their ancestor Tamatea Pokai Whenua who was a valiant warrior of his time and whose son, Kahungunu founded the tribe of Ngati Kahungunu.
As per the legends of the region Tamatea was a well built man who fought many battles and made many raids. In one such battle called Matanui Battle he lost his brother. Thereafter, he stayed in the place for quite some time grieving the loss of his brother and during this time every morning he used to lament the loss by playing his maori flute. The lament is still a popular folk rendition in this part of New Zealand. From the top of the Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu the spiritual mountain of the Ngati Kere tribe can be seen. Though, the name of the mountain is shortened by the local people to Taumata while talking but, the board which gives access to the mountain has this name displayed on it. The first instance of fame came for it when it was found to be the second longest place name found in any country speaking English. Thereafter, it was found to be the second longest name of place found in the world as per the Wises New Zealand Guide. The name in use currently is known to have 85 letters. There are although other versions of the name which have 92, 105, and 125 letters, respectively.
The spot is of awesome traveler interest for its name as well as for the picturesque magnificence of the area. The most ideal method for going to the Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu hill is by driving in the south heading from Waipukurau and in the wake of going for 55 km to take the Wimbledon Road on the privilege. A 5 km drive on this street conveys us to the name leading group of the area. As the mountain is known not a private land in this way visitors or untouchables oblige authorization to go inside the premises. Once inside, it gives various areas worth catching in the camera. The urban areas which are found close-by to this spot are Palmerstone North, Napier, and Masterton which can thusly be come to from the biggest city of New Zealand, to be specific Auckland.