A country mysterious enough that most Americans don’t even know enough about it to form a dismissive caricature, New Zealand is much more than just the placeThe Lord of the Rings was filmed. Renowned for its stunning geography and abundant natural resources, it’s the farthest outpost of English-speaking society, a country with roughly half as many inhabitants as New York City. But New Zealanders must be people with a sense of humor. Why else would they adopt the kiwi, a plain-looking and flightless bird that is smaller than a chicken, as their national symbol (and the moniker by which they are known to the rest of the world)? Ask someone on the street to name someone from New Zealand, and they’re likely to come up with Keith Urban, Russell Crowe, and a bunch of people from Australia. But the cultural tally between the two countries is getting closer: Australia has kangaroos, the Outback, and Paul Hogan; New Zealand has Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, also known as Flight of the Conchords.