Tag Archives: New Zealand

Largest species of weta

Belonging to the order Orthoptera (grasshoppers and crickets) and confined entirely to New Zealand, wetas number around 70 species, resemble a cross between a cricket and a cockroach, and include some of the world’s largest insects. The largest species of weta is the Little Barrier Island giant weta Deinacrida heteracantha, with a maximum recorded length of 11 cm (including the ovipositor in the female), and a legspan of over 17.5 cm (7 in).

Largest spring steel mosaic

The largest spring steel mosaic consists of two million pieces. It is a recreation of the Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Each piece measures 7 mm² (0.01 in²), and are offcuts from a patterning disk used on an industrial knitting machine. The mosaic took 25 years to complete from 1979 to 2004. The pieces are all stuck onto masking tape which was then assembled to metal frames and painted to match the tapestry exactly. The mosaic measures 33.8 metres (110.8 Continue reading →

Largest underwater hockey tournament

The largest underwater hockey tournament was the Senior Open Division of the 25th New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Underwater Hockey Championships, involving 174 participants across 18 teams, in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand, from 2-6 September 2009. The overall championships consisted of 564 total players on 62 teams across four competitive divisions: Junior Girls, Junior Open, Senior Girls and Senior Open. The tournament consisted of four competition groups: Junior Girls (14 teams), Junior Open (13 teams), Senior Girls (17 teams) and Senior Open (18 teams).

Longest duration Malteser blowing

The longest duration suspending a Malteser in the air by blowing is 4.50 seconds, achieved by Alastair Galpin (New Zealand), in Auckland, New Zealand, on 6 December 2011. This record was broken on the Guinness World Record Challengers site (Challengers’ tag: AlastairGalpin): http://challengers.guinnessworldrecords.com/challenges/80-longest-duration-malteser-blowing

Longest line of socks

The longest line of socks measured 3,184 m (10,446 ft 2 in) and was achieved by The Sir Peter Blake Trust (New Zealand) in Wellington, New Zealand, on 30 June 2011. The line contained 35,128 red socks. The Sir Peter Blake Trust made the record attempt to celebrate its annual appeal/remembrance day with red socks. Sir Peter Blake was a national sailing hero in New Zealand, killed by pirates in the Amazon in 2001, who always wore a pair of lucky red socks when he Continue reading →

Longest line of M&M’s pretzel candies lined up in 30 seconds

The longest line of M&M’s pretzel candies lined up in 30 seconds is 30, achieved by Alastair Galpin (New Zealand), in Auckland, New Zealand, on 20 March 2012. This record was broken on the Guinness World Record Challengers site (Challengers’ tag: AlastairGalpin): http://challengers.guinnessworldrecords.com/challenges/38-longest-line-of-mms-pretzel-candies-lined-up-in-30-seconds/attempts/1511

Lowest below age golf score

The lowest score below the player’s age for a round of golf is shared at 17, when 89 years old James D. Morton (USA) hit a 72 at Valleybrook Golf and Country Club, Hixson, Tennessee, USA, on 21 April 2001. 89 years old Keith Plowman (NZ) also hit 72 at Maungakiekie Golf Club, Auckland, New Zealand, on 20 November 2007. This record is shared by Claim ID 216967 and 61274