New Zealand is an island country located in the Pacific Ocean. The country mainly comprises of two islands, the North Island and South Island, although there are also numerous smaller islands. The closest countries to New Zealand are Australia and the Pacific island nations: Fiji, New Caledonia and Tonga.
Despite its isolated location, New Zealand is a developed nation with great connections with the rest of the world. There are frequent international flights as well as fast internet connections that connect New Zealand with the rest of the world.
New Zealand is a country of great beauty. Many people encountered New Zealand’s great natural beauty for the first time through the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, which was filmed in New Zealand. As can be seen from the films, the country offers great geographic diversity: mountains, coasts, and lakes, along with unique plant life and animals, although you won’t find any Hobbits. New Zealand offers a rich mix of various cultures, including Maori, Pakeha, Asian and Pacific peoples. It is a country made for those with adventurous spirit.
Facts about New Zealand:
- Capital city : Wellington
- Largest city: Auckland (a third of citizens live in and around Auckland)
- Made up of islands - the main two are simply called ‘North Island’ and ‘South Island’
- Population of just 4 million (compared to 62 million in the similarly sized UK)
- Parliamentary democracy, modelled on the UK governmental system
- People from New Zealand are commonly known as ‘Kiwis’
- More than a third of people living in Auckland were born outside of New Zealand
- Main languages: English and Maori
- Major exports include: wool, dairy products, wood, paper, fish, meat and chemicals
- Currency: New Zealand dollar
- Located to the south-east of Australia
- Known for national rugby team, the ‘All Blacks’, who perform the traditional haka dance before matches
- Indigenous ethnic group, the Maori, today make up about 15% of the population
- More than 20% of New Zealand's land territory is categorized as national parks, forest areas and reserves; there are also 34 marine reserves