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New Zealand (Aotearea) lies in the South Pacific Ocean, 1600 km east of Australia. It is made up of the North and South Islands and a number of smaller islands. NZ has a total area of 268,000 sq km.

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NZ's landscape consists of hill country and mountain ranges, of which one of the most beautiful is the Southern Alps in South Island. This island is also reknowned for its fiords, glaciers and lakes with the coastal plains of Canterbury and Southland adding to the variety of the South Island scenery. The North Island is well-known for its volcanic region centred around Rotorua and typified by its hot springs, mud pools, and geysers. It is also the location of NZ's largest lake, Lake Taupo, and most of the country's active volcanoes - Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro.

  • The power supply is at 230-240 volts, 50 hertz, similar as in Southeast Asia. Most hotels provide 110 volts AC sockets for electric razors only.
  • The local time is 12 hours ahead of GMT. Daylight saving (summertime) applies from the 1st Sunday in October until the third Sunday morning of March, i.e. GMT+13
  • Trading currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$), comprising coins with values of 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, $1 and $2, and notes with values of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Currency Converter.
  • The capital of New Zealand is Wellington, a city situated on the southern coast of North Island.
  • The lowest point is sea level. The highest point is Mount Cook - 3,764 m
  • The main exports are wool, lamb, mutton, beef, fish, cheese, chemicals, forestry products, fruits and vegetables, manufactured goods, and dairy products.
  • NZ's natural resources include natural gas, iron ore, sand, coal, timber, hydropower, gold, limestone.
  • New Zealand uses the metric system of weights and measures.
  • Vehicles are driven on the left hand side of the road.
  • National Holiday: Waitangi Day, 6 February (1840) (The Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty)

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