New Zealand place names commonly mispronounced

by IELTS Australasia — 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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Source: Instagram; Wikipedia; news.com.au