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New Zealand Travel Guide: Country & Destination Information for Visiting


New Zealand travel guide and destination overview of the country. Key information, general overview, and more for travelers to New Zealand.

New Zealand | Aotearoa (Māori)

New Zealand is an archipelago nation in the southern Pacific Ocean in the Oceania domain. Located southeast of Australia, New Zealand is made up of two main islands – the North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui) and the South Island (Te Waipounamu) – and several hundred smaller islands.

On 20 March 2017, the United Nations declared their “International Day of Happiness” and released a related “World Happiness Report” rating countries from happiest to saddest. New Zealand came in at #8!

flag of New Zealand

Related Read: 5+ New Zealand Facts: Interesting Trivia On Culture, History, Food & More

New Zealand Travel Information & Key Points

General points to know about the country of New Zealand – demographics, important ages, phone numbers, key statistics, and more, whether you’re traveling there or not.

Capital: Wellington

Largest CityAuckland

Population: 5 million (2020 estimate)

Language(s): English, Māori

Monarch: Elizabeth II

Governor-General: Dame Patsy Reddy

Prime Minister: Jacinda Ardern

Currency: New Zealand Dollar $ (NZD)

Area: 268,021 km2 (103,483 mi2)

Dialing Code: +64

Time Zone: New Zealand Standard Time “NZST” (UTC+12), DST/Summer Time: New Zealand Daylight Time “NZDT” (UTC+13)

Demonym: New Zealander (what is a demonym?)

Endonym: New Zealand or Aotearoa (in Māori) (their name for their country)

Emergency Number: 111

Drinking Age: 18 to purchase

Smoking Age: 18 to purchase

Age of Consent: 16

Drives on the: Left

Electricity & Adapter: Plug Type I (define)

ISO Country Code: NZ

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