New Zealand by Sarah moutray

Location

New Zealand is located in the continent Australia. New Zealand is located in the south-western Pacific Ocean and features two main islands, the North Island and the South Island, as well as other smaller ones. Other smaller islands include Stewart Island, Waiheke Island, Chatham Island, Great Barrier Island and more. New Zealand is located in the Pacific Ocean and south of the Tasman Sea.

The North Island, South Island and other smaller islands.

Wellington, New Zealand

The capital of New Zealand is Wellington. Wellington replaced Auckland as the capital city of New Zealand in 1865. The city accounts for 41% of the region's population and 5% of New Zealand's overall population. Wellington’s weather gets a bit windy from time-to-time. The warmest month is February, the coolest is July, and average annual rainfall is 1270mm. Wellington is packed with over 400 cafes and restaurants. Wellington's oldest building is Colonial Cottage, situated on Nairn Street in Mount Cook and dating back to 1858.

Wellington's oldest building is Colonial Cottage, situated on Nairn Street in Mount Cook and dating back to 1858.

Wellington has 500 square kilometers of forests and regional parks.

This stunning region includes more than 160 square kilometers of native rainforest and coastline.

At the foundation of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park you’ll find the beautiful west coast black-sand surf beaches of Whatipu, Karekare, Piha, Bethells and Muriwai .

Physical Features

Mt. Egmont is 2521 meters tall and is located in Taranaki, New Zealand. The Canterbury Plains is an area of rivers between the Southern Alps and the Pacific Ocean. The Canterbury plains produce more than 80% of New Zealand's grains, crops and seeds. The largest lakes are on the Volcanic Plateau. The most important lakes are Lake Taupo and Lake Waikaremoana in the East Cape district and lie 600 meters above sea-level.

Mt. Egmont
Canterbury Plains
Southern Alps
Volcanic Plateau
Lake Taupo
Lake Waikaremoana

Physical Features

New Zealand is located in the Temperate zone and is between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Antarctic Circle.

Population

New Zealand's population growth rate is 1.05% /year. Their world rank is 122nd and their growth rate is average. 1.92 children per woman is their fertility rate.

New Zealand's population is 4.55 million people and is the 122nd largest population in the world. This is a small population.

Population

More people are entering New Zealand at 2.23 migrants. Migrants move to find work so some migrants move to New Zealand to apply for jobs.

Population

The largest city in New Zealand is Auckland with a population of 462,200. The second largest city is Christchurch Canterbury, New Zealand with 363,200 people. Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and 202,200 people live in the city. The fourth largest city is Hamilton Wakito, New Zealand with 155,259 people. The fifth largest city has 111,000 people and the city is Dunedin Ortago, New Zealand.

Auckland, Christchurch Canterbury, Wellington, Hamilton Wakito, Dunedin Otago, New Zealand.

Did you know?

Did you know that New Zealand is one of the world’s least populated nations?

Population

More of New Zealand's population is urban than rural.

Did you know?

Did you know that The Hobbit was filmed in New Zealand?

Fun fact

New Zealand is the fastest country in the world to start a business: just one day.

Did you know?

Did you know that the least corrupt countries in the world are New Zealand and Denmark?

Economics

New Zealand is a developed country based on its GDP per capita, life expectancy and literacy rate. New Zealand's GDP per capita is high at $30,400. The average GDP per capita is $30,000 and New Zealand is $400 above average. New Zealand's life expectancy is 80.93 years . The average life expectancy is 78 so New Zealand's life expectancy is above average. Also New Zealand's literacy rate is at aveage at 99%. Therefore, New Zealand is a developed country.

Culture

The five main languages spoke in New Zealand are English, Maori, Samoan, Hindi and French.

Fun facts

Sir Edmund Hillary – the first man to reach the peak of Mount Everest (with his climbing partner Tenzing Norgay) was a New Zealander (born in Auckland) and his face is on the New Zealand $5 bill.

New Zealand's Ninety-Mile Beach is only 55 miles long.

90 mile beach

Auckland is the largest Polynesian city in the world and is also known as “the city of sails”. It has more boats per capita than anywhere else in the world.

The logo of the Royal New Zealand Air Force is a flightless bird called the kiwi.

Wellington, the Capital City of New Zealand, is the southernmost capital city in the world.

In New Zealand you will hear the word “Kiwi” quite a lot – on the one hand there is the native flightless bird and the Kiwi Fruit but on the other hand it is also used as a slang term for a New Zealander.

The New Zealand Dollar is the currency of New Zealand.

The steepest street in the world is Baldwin St. in Dunedin, New Zealand, with a 38° gradient.

Baldwin St.

Culture

The five main religions in New Zealand are Christian, Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian and Congregational.

Famous Landmarks

Sky Tower

The Sky Tower is located in Auckland, New Zealand. The tower is about 327 meters tall and you can bungee jump off at about 191 meters or walk around the Tower.

One Tree Hill

Another famous landmark in New Zealand is One Tree Hill. This is one of the tallest volcanic peaks in the city of Auckland.

Tane Mahuta

Tane Mahuta means "King of the Forest" in Maori. This is a kauri tree that is estimated to be 2,300 years old.

Fun facts

In 2006, an Australian man tried to sell New Zealand on Ebay. The starting price was AU$0.01 and managed to reach AU$3000 before Ebay closed the auction.

In World War II the U.S. and New Zealand secretly tested 3,700 "tsunami bombs" designed to destroy coastal cities.

Donald Trump was the most Googled person of 2016 in 88 countries, including Mexico, Spain, South Africa and New Zealand.

Popular Sports

Rugby Union is popular across all ages, sectors and races in New Zealand.

Cricket is a popular summer sport in New Zealand and New Zealand is one of ten countries to take part in test match cricket.

Soccer also known as "football" is also another popular sport.

The "Tall Blacks" are New Zealand's basketball team.

Did you know?

Did you know that people that live in New Zealand are called kiwis?

Did you know that in New Zealand was the first nation to give women the right to vote?

Food

Kiwis are passionate about the hokey pokey. The hokey pokey is vanilla ice cream with pieces of honeycomb .

Food

Roast lamb is a kiwi favorite and is one of New Zealand's top export meals.

Food

Kiwis also love the Pavlova. A Pavlova a meringue type dessert, topped with cream and fresh fruit.

Food

Fish & chips is one of New Zealand's favorite foods. Fish & chips are available in pretty much anywhere in New Zealand.

Food

Kiwis also eat kiwi fruit by scooping out the sweet, juicy inside.

Did you know?

Did you know that the kiwi fruit earns New Zealand over one billion dollars a year?

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Credits:

Created with images by SHUC - "pacific new zealand coastline" • PhillipC - "Ruapehu and Ngaruhoe, New Zealand, 26 May 2006" • Ronnie Macdonald - "New Zealand Flag"

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