New Zealand Facts

New Zealand Facts

New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses – the North Island and the South Island – as well as numerous smaller islands. See the fact file below for more information about New Zealand.

Capital
Wellington

Population
3,908,037 (July 2002 est.)

Area
268,680 sq km, about the size of Colorado

Type of Government
parliamentary democracy

Money
New Zealand dollar (NZD)

Climate
temperate with sharp regional contrasts

Primary Language
English (official), Maori (official)

External resources

National Parks
Native Animals
Native Forest Action New Zealand