New Zealand: Key Information & Facts

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Updated: 2018-05-02.

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

Capital: Wellington

Largest CityAuckland

Population: 4.87 million (2018 estimate)

Language(s): English, Māori

Monarch: Elizabeth II

Governor-General: Dame Patsy Reddy

Prime Minister: Jacinda Ardern

CurrencyNew 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 or Kiwi (what’s this?)

EndonymNew Zealand or Aotearoa (in Māori)
(their name for their country)
Emergency Dialing Tel. Number: 111 (general number for police, fire, ambulance, etc.)

Drinking Age: 18 to purchase

Smoking Age: 18 to purchase

Age of Consent: 16

Drives on the: Left

Electricity & Adapter: Plug Types I (define)

Country Code (ISO): NZ (also the country’s primary TLD {top-level domain})

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