Get your passports ready for another installment of The Ridonculous Race to Name the Place! Keep your eyes peeled each week as we post an empty background image from the upcoming Fresh TV series Ridonculous Race on social media and challenge the fans to guess where the racers have ended up! We’ll reveal the answer here on re:Fresh along with some fun facts about the country or city! This week we’re talking about… drum roll, please… New Zealand!
New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean made up of several islands with the biggest two being named the North Island – or Te Ika-a-Māui – and the South Island – also known as Te Waipounamu. It’s part of the Pacific Rim of Fire and Mount Ruapehu is its most active volcano, with major eruptions roughly 50 years apart but smaller eruptions happening more frequently! That doesn’t stop Mount Ruapehu from hosting New Zealand’s two biggest ski fields, too!
Because of its isolation New Zealand has its fair share of unique animals and plants. Because of the lack of mammalian predators the forests became home to many types of flightless birds like the Kiwi, who’s name has also become a nickname for New Zealanders themselves, the Kakapo, which has the claim to fame of being both the only flightless parrot and the heaviest and more penguin species than can be found in any other country!
Since human settlement on the islands many species have either gone extinct or become severely endangered, leading New Zealand conservationists to invent many of the preservation techniques used worldwide.
With it’s breathtaking views, New Zealand has been the filming location of many films, including the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the 2005 remake of King Kong!
Stay tuned to re:Fresh for more Ridonculous Race news as we get closer and closer to the premier!