New Zealand place names commonly mispronounced

by IDP IELTS — July 4th, 2017

Names with unfamiliar cultural and historical influences have become an absolute challenge to pronounce. Even for the most accomplished linguists (a person who studies and may speak different languages), phonation (the production or utterance of speech sounds) is full of confusing rules, especially in place names.

This month, check out our pronunciation guide of New Zealand place names to improve your travel IQ and find inspiration for your next great adventure!

Remuera: Re-moo-ear-a

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Timaru – tee-mah-roo

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Taupo: Toe-paw
Paraparaumu: Para-para-umoo

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Ruapehu: Rua-pih-who

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Tauranga: Toe-rung-a
Taihape: Tie-ha-peh

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Akaroa: Ah-car-oh-a
Motueka: More-two-aye-car
Matamata: Mutter-mutter

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Manukau: Mar-nook-oh

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Te Aroha: Tay ah-row-ha

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Oamaru: Oh-ar-ma-roo
Whangarei: Fha-nga-ray
Waipu: Why-poo
Whanganui: Wanga-nu-ee

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Rotorua: Rotoe-ru-ah

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