Southern Hemisphere

You’ll find us in the Southern Hemisphere to the south-east of Australia.

Our two main islands are simply called ‘North Island’ and ‘South Island’.

We’re a long skinny country measuring 1,600 kilometres from top to bottom and 400 kilometres at the widest point.

We’re more than twice the size of South Korea, almost four times the size of Singapore, about the same size as the United Kingdom and slightly smaller than Vietnam, the Philippines and Italy.

Our total population is 4.4 million. We are mainly made up of European, Māori, Asian and Pacific Island peoples.

Māori are the indigenous peoples of New Zealand.

Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand. Auckland is our largest city, home to about 1.4 million people. Christchurch is the second largest city.

People from New Zealand are called ‘Kiwis’ after the nocturnal, flightless native bird that’s unique to our country.

Nearly 30% of New Zealand’s land area is set aside for national parks, forest areas and marine reserves.