New Zealand (Aotearoa in Māori) is an island country in the South Pacific and Tasman Ocean.
Remote and isolated, New Zealand, was one of the last habited territories and lies around 1000 miles from the Southeast of Australia.
Aotearoa literally translates to 'land of the long white cloud'.
However, finding us if you are not privy to Google could be an issue as some World maps seem to leave our 'half-eaten lamb chop' of a country completely off.
New Zealand Disappearing From the World Maps
And we sometimes don't even know where we are on the Maps.
This is the 404 page for the New Zealand Government website missing New Zealand off the map.
You won't even find New Zealand on the Risk Boardgame.
New Zealand on the World Map
6 Quick Facts About New Zealand
- Population: 4.886 million (2018 consensus) as of March 2020 NZ STATS had estimated figures of our first 5 million.
- Landmass: 267,710 square kilometres (103,483 mi²)
- Languages: English, Maori, and New Zealand sign language
- Capital city: Wellington
- Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
- Famous for: Natural landscapes, Maori culture, agriculture, and tourism.
Where is New Zealand located in relation to Australia?
New Zealand is surrounded by oceanic coastline borders.
On the West Coast its the Tasman Sea and on the East Coast the South Pacific Ocean.
New Zealand is located South East of Australia towards the arctic region.
It is roughly 942 miles from Hobart to Christchurch.
Is New Zealand apart of Australia?
No New Zealand is not a part of Australia, but an entirely separate Continent about 1000 miles southeast of Australia.
Some of the confusion lies in the fact that both New Zealand and Australia are apart of the Oceanian sub-region known as Australasia which is named very similar to Australia.
What is New Zealand's National Animal?
The flightless cute Kiwi bird.
These are endemic (only in New Zealand) to New Zealand and highly endangered.
With only around 70,000 kiwis left living they are rapidly declining at a loss of around 1400 per year.
The Kiwi has been under threat ever since humans settled the island with introduced pests like cats, stoats, and ferrets.
This is our New Zealand Flag
The flag of New Zealand also known as the New Zealand Ensign.
The New Zealand flag features the Union Jack and Southern Cross constellation on a beautiful royal blue background.
The Southern cross is used to emphasise our location in the South Pacific Ocean.
What is the capital of New Zealand?
Wellington, Capital City of New Zealand.
Wellington is located in the far south of the North Island.
They are the 3rd place to hold the coveted title of New Zealands 'Capital'.
The first was Russel (Okiato 1840-41) then moved to Auckland between 1841 to 1865, then finally shifting to Wellington in 1865.
The famous 'Beehive' Parliament building is located in Central City.
Beehive, Wellington | © Michal Klajban/Wikimedia Commons
New Zealand is the Southernmost inhabited island before you reach Antarctica.
And we are a separate continent and not apart of Australia.