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An Essential Guide to New Zealand For Anyone Travelling Down Under

This section contains some general statistics and information about New Zealand. While we have taken every care to provide accurate information, newzealnd.co.nz gives no warranty that the information supplied is totally free from error.

- Total land area is 268,021 sq km.
- Capital City is Wellington
- Situated in the South Pacific Ocean
- Located 1,600 km east of Australia.
- Mountain ranges and hill country dominate the landscape.
- Largest lake is Lake Taupo in the central North Island
- Highest mountain Aoraki/Mt Cook (3,754 m)
- Deepest lake Lake Hauroko (462 m)
- Longest river Waikato River (425 km)
- Largest glacier Tasman Glacier (28.5 km long)
- Predominant languages spoken are English and Maori

Major Imports
Australia, Japan, USA

Major Imports
Oil, Vehicles, Machinery, Electrical Equipment, Iron & Steel.

Major Exports
Beef, Wool, Dairy Products, Manufactured Goods, Transport Equipment, Wood Products.

Natural Resources
Natural Gas, Iron Ore, Sands, Coal, Timber, Hydroelectric Power, Gold, Limestone.

Agriculture
Wool Meat Dairy Products.


Major Industries
Food Processing, Textiles, Machinery, Transport Equipment, Fish Processing, Wood Products, Banking, Insurance, Tourism, Mining.



Population At 30 June (in thousands)

1996

1999

2006

 

 

 

Resident Population

3,714.1

3,811.0

4,027,950

North Island

2,795.8

2,884.9

3,059,420

South Island

918.3

926.1

967,910

 

 

 

Main Urban Areas

 

 

Auckland

1,030.3

1,090.4

1,208,094

Wellington

343.4

346.7

360,624

Christchurch

333.3

341.0

360,765

Hamilton

161.7

169.1

184,905

Napier-Hastings

115.2

114.9

118,404

Dunedin

112.9

112.0

111,000


Ethnic Groups

%

 

 

European/Pakeha

79.6

New Zealand Maori

14.5

Pacific Islands

5.6

Chinese

2.2

Indian

1.2


More Information:
If you would like to know more about New Zealand statistics, visit the web site below. This is the government web site of New Zealand's official statistical agency and provides a wealth of useful information.

- Statistics New Zealand