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Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu is a small hill in the Hawke's Bay district of New Zealand.[1] Its name means the summit of the hill, where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid [down], climbed [up] and swallowed mountains, [to travel the land], [who is] known as the land eater, played [on] his [nose] flute to his loved one. It is the longest officially recognised place name in the English-speaking world, being even longer than El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río de Porciúncula (a sizeable settlement in California) and Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (a small town in North Wales).


  1. http://www.hawkesbaynz.com/sights_and_activities/art_culture_and_heritage/maori_culture_legends/index.htm#longplace