SOME FACTS ABOUT NEW ZEALAND
- New Zealand's friendly and down-to-earth people will be one of the things you treasure most about your visit.
- 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 Māori name for NZ, Aoetaroa, means ‘land of the long white cloud’.
- New Zealand is home to a population of 4.5 million people.
- New Zealand is made up of two major land masses (North Island and South Island) and a number of smaller islands including Stewart Island located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean.
- Ever wondered where in the world is the first place to see the sun rise? Well wonder no longer – it's New Zealand!
- Wellington, the Capital City of New Zealand, is the southernmost capital city in the world.
- New Zealand has three official languages: English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language.
- For the same reason that many visitors come to New Zealand, Kiwis have developed a passion for the outdoors and delight in activities that make the most of the spectacular landscape. With so much coastline, it’s little wonder New Zealanders love the water and it’s reputed that over 15% of New Zealand families own their own boat. Respected as superior yacht designers, Kiwis continue to dominate on the world yachting, kayaking, windsurfing and rowing scene. Hiking, camping, fishing, bush and beach walks are other popular outdoor pursuits.
- New Zealand is the largest dairy and sheep meat exporter in the world, and a major global supplier of beef, wool, kiwifruit, apples and seafood. New Zealand-grown produce feeds over 40 million people, with 7,500 animal products and 3,800 dairy products going to 100 countries every month.
- There are no land snakes, native or introduced, in New Zealand.
- Learn more about living, moving, studying, working, investing in New Zealand.