The two most surprising facts I learned on this trip:
1. Koalas aren't real. They're just another product of the Aussie sense of humor. Nature shows regularly use puppets to help perpetuate the hoax, occasionally switching to a costumed midget (or even a badger with glued-on ears) for wide action shots. Tiny actor Verne Troyer, in an early uncredited role, appeared as a koala with Joan Embery on the Tonight Show in 1989.
2. The official language of New Zealand is Portuguese! The guide book led me to believe that it was English.
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