Meaning of land of the long white cloud in English:

land of the long white cloud

(also land of the great white cloud)

noun

  • A romantic name for New Zealand.

    ‘the airline is hoping to continue taking off from the land of the long white cloud’
    • ‘He returns to the land of the long white cloud for a three-day multi-sport event.’
    • ‘In the land of the long white cloud, Maori minds are being challenged.’
    • ‘Rugby is practically a religion in the land of the long white cloud.’
    • ‘For all you fans, the Xena actress was dropped off in the land of the long white cloud today.’
    • ‘How about heading to New Zealand, the land of the long white cloud?’
    • ‘For all the hype about this being a difficult tour, the party could hardly be eased into the land of the long white cloud more softly.’
    • ‘What do Kiwis miss when they leave the land of the long white cloud?’
    • ‘They haven't toured the land of the long white coud since 1993, so they have a rarity value for spectators and players alike.’
    • ‘It's a great way of getting some funds to extend your trip in the land of the great white cloud.’

Origin

Late 19th century a popular translation of Aotearoa, the Maori name for New Zealand.