New Zealand Key Facts
New Zealand is a beautiful country, known for its clean green image and stunning natural scenery.
Capital City: Wellington
Largest City: Auckland
Government: Constitutional Monarchy with a Parliamentary Democracy
Primary Language: English
Other Official Languages: Maori, New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL)
Currency: New Zealand Dollar ($)
National Rugby Team (Union): All Blacks
National Anthem: God Defend New Zealand
New Zealand is made up of three main islands as well as many other smaller islands. The two main islands of New Zealand are, as their names suggest, the North and South Islands. Stewart Island is the third, much smaller island, located at the far bottom of the South Island.
The South Island is larger than the North, however it is less densely populated. Here you will find vast alpine ranges, wide flat plains and cascading glaciers! Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island.
New Zealand Disasters
There have been many disasters recorded in and around New Zealand. More recently, Christchurch has suffered more than a year of earthquakes, taking more than 180 lives and costing billions of dollars in damage.
*Statistics New Zealand as of 2nd March 2012.
Did you Know?
The Moa - a now extinct, native New Zealand bird - was one of the largest birds in history. The Moa stood up to 3.6 metres tall and weighed 300 kilograms!