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Learn some interesting information about New Zealand while enjoying a range of fun facts and trivia that's perfect for kids!

Read about New Zealand's tallest mountain, its population, major cities, islands, exports, animals, popular sports and much more.

  • New Zealand is located in the south-western Pacific Ocean and features two main islands, the North Island and the South Island, as well as other smaller ones.

  • Other smaller islands include Stewart Island, Waiheke Island, Chatham Island, Great Barrier Island and more, although many are uninhabited.

  • The capital city of New Zealand is Wellington while the largest city is Auckland. Other major cities include Christchurch, Hamilton and Dunedin.

  • The population of New Zealand was estimated to be around 5.1 million in 2021.

  • The official spoken languages of New Zealand are English and te reo Maori, with English being the most widely used.

  • Maori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand.

  • The Maori name for New Zealand is Aotearoa.

  • The Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 between the British and Maori, making New Zealand a colony of the British Empire.

  • In 1893 New Zealand became the first country in the world to give all women the right to vote.

  • Due to its isolation, New Zealand has developed unique animal and plant life.

  • The bird species of New Zealand are particularly diverse, including alpine parrots and ground dwelling Kiwis.

  • The term ‘Kiwi’ is also used as a nickname for a New Zealander.

  • The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed in New Zealand.

  • In New Zealand they drive on the left-hand side of the road.

  • Most of New Zealand's electricity is generated from hydroelectric power stations. Other sources include geothermal, gas and wind.

  • Located in the South Island, the highest mountain in New Zealand is Aoraki Mount Cook which reaches 3,754 metres (12,316 ft) in height.

  • Dairy products are New Zealand’s highest earning exports.

  • Rugby is the most popular spectator sport in New Zealand but a variety of sports such as football (soccer), cricket, netball, golf and others are popular among participants.

  • For more information, check out maps of New Zealand or take a closer look at the New Zealand flag.

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