New Zealand is an island nation in the Australian continent that is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. Geographically, the country encompasses two main landmasses called the North Island and the South Island. In total, New Zealand is 103,483 square miles and has a population of 4,509,461. Its currency is the New Zealand dollar, the official language is English (Maori and sign language are also recognized), and its climate is generally good. The capitol city is Wellington but the biggest city is Auckland. The national anthem is “God Defend New Zealand.”
New Zealand is very remote and it was one of the last landmasses to be settled by humans. Presently, most New Zealanders have European ancestry but there is still a substantial population of native Maori peoples. The quality of life in New Zealand—a first world nation—is high and it is considered a relaxing retreat among tourists.
New Zealand is also well-known for the many distinctive plants and animals that exist within its borders. One of the most famous creatures that is authentically New Zealand is the kiwi bird. The kiwi is an adorable and flightless ground-dwelling bird that has become iconic of New Zealand as a whole. The bird is so beloved by people that New Zealanders proudly call themselves “kiwis.”
Below are five things that are associated with New Zealand: