Known in the language of the indigenous Māori people as Aotearoa, the ‘land of the long white cloud’, New Zealand is a natural paradise on the Pacific Ring of Fire in Oceania. Here are some quick facts to help get you oriented before you travel:
  • New Zealand has 2 main islands: North Island, home to the largest city of Auckland and the capital city Wellington, and South Island, where you will find the Southern Alps mountain range. There are many stunning national parks on both islands.
  • The country has 3 official languages: English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language.
  • About 4.8 million people live in New Zealand, making it a relatively sparsely populated nation. Almost one-third of the country is covered by protected areas.
  • The main time zone is GMT+13, putting it 13 hours ahead of London and 18 hours ahead of New York.
  • Do you like the beach? In New Zealand, you’ll never be more than 128 km or 80 miles from the coast.
Find out more about travelling to New Zealand in the articles below.