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Time Zone New Zealand

New Zealand Standard Time Is currently defined in the Time Act 1974 as meaning the 12 hours in advance of Co-ordinated Universal Time (UTC).

Daylight Saving Time (DST)

Since 2007/2008, Daylight Saving runs for a period of 27 weeks. It now commences from the last Sunday in September, when 2.00am becomes 3.00am, and ends on the first Sunday in April the following year, when 3.00am becomes 2.00am.

New Zealand Data & Facts, Visitor Info


New Zealand Dollar (NZD)




4,035,461 (July 2005 est.)

4,605,676 (Aug 2015 est.)

4.890,000 (July 2018 est.)

Yearly change in %: under 1%
Population Clock of the Statistics Office NZ:

Land Area

Total: 268,680 / 103,741 sq.mi.
Land: 268,021 / 103,487 sq.mi.
Includes Antipodes Islands, Auckland Islands, Bounty Islands, Campbell Island, Chatham Islands, and Kermadec Islands


15,134 km (9,406 mi)

Highest, Longest, Largest …

Highest Mountain

Aoraki – Mount Cook 3,754 m (12,316 ft)

Deepest Lake

Lake Hauroko (462 metres or 1,515 feet)

Largest lake

Lake Taupo (606 square kilometres or 234 square miles)

Longest river

Waikato River (425 kilometres or 264 miles long)

Largest glacier

Tasman Glacier (29 kilometres or 18 miles long)

Deepest cave

Nettlebed, Mount Arthur (889 metres or 2,916 feet) 15,811 kilometres or 9,824 miles


26-September-1907 (from the UK)

National holiday

Waitangi Day (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty over New Zealand), 6 February (1840)



Parliamentary Democracy


Consists of a series of legal documents, including certain acts of the UK and New Zealand Parliaments and The Constitution Act 1986, which is the principal formal charter

Prime Minister

The Prime Minister of New Zealand is the head of the government.



(=administrative divisions)
16 Regions (regional councils) and 1 Territory*:
Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, Chatham Islands*, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu-Wanganui, Marlborough, Nelson, Northland, Otago, Southland, Taranaki, Tasman, Waikato, Wellington, West Coast

These regions should not be mistaken with tourism-relevant region of which more than 20 exist.

Ethnic groups:

New Zealand European 74.5%, Maori 9.7%, other European 4.6%, Pacific Islander 3.8%, Asian and others 7.4%

Interesting Facts about New Zealand

A list with facts and events that you would’t guess: Interesting facts about New Zealand

Overview: New Zealand in a nutshell

Haere Mai – Welcome to New Zealand

New Zealand Map
New Zealand Map

New Zealand is part of Oceania and consists of two major islands in the South Pacific Ocean, approx. 1.600 km southeast of Australia.
New Zealand is slighly bigger than the UK and slighly smaller than Germany – it has with a total land area of 268,680 / 103,741 sq.mi. approximately the size of the state of Colorado, USA.
The two islands are usually referred to as the North and the South Island. New Zealand has a coastline of 15,134 km (9,406 mi) and the elevation ranges from sea level up to 3,754 m / 12,316 ft (Aoraki-Mount Cook). Generally spoken the terrain is predominately mountainous with some large coastal plains.

New Zealand’s two main islands (the North and South Islands) and the many small islands have a combined total land area of 270,534 square kilometres. New Zealand is 1,600 kilometres long and 450 kilometres wide at its widest part.

The geographic location of New Zealand and the elevation differences explain why New Zealand has a diverse climate and that temperatures show strong regional contrasts. New Zealand experiences summer from December to February and winter from June to August.

Politically New Zealand includes the Antipodes Islands, Auckland Islands, Bounty Islands, Campbell Island, Chatham Islands, and Kermadec Islands.
New Zealand has two official languages which are English and Maori.

A population of only approximately 4 millions of which 80% lives in cities means that New Zealand is the perfect country for outdoor activities, for nature lovers.
New Zealand’s landscape and temperate climate lends itself to outdoor activity. The country is renowned for its range of adventure pastimes – the best known being bungy jumping, jetboat riding, rafting, skiing, hiking, waterskiing, mountain climbing and caving.
The adventure tourism industry makes the most of having a country surrounded by sea, criss-crossed by rivers and lakes, covered in native bush and with a central spine of spectacular snow-capped mountains.
There’s something for everyone who enjoys the outdoor lifestyle and the special sense of freedom the relatively sparsely populated land provides.

Maori are the tangata whenua (indigenous people of the land) of New Zealand and their culture is an integral part of New Zealand life. The resultant New Zealand identity is unique, fresh, invigorating and adventurous.

But New Zealand has much more to offer: Discover the country’s art & culture scene, pamper yourself in state-of-the art spa’s and wellness hotels, relax with golfing and fishing, enjoy local food & wine, check out the diverse spectrum of events, and, and, and, …

If you take a look at the maps you get an impression how far New Zealand is away from most places in the world (unless you’re from Australia). Even a flight from Sidney to Wellington takes more than 3 hours!
New Zealand is in the GMT+12 (same as UTC+12) hrs timezone, that’s where the international date line happens to be.
E.g. New York City is in the time zone UTC-5 (five hours earlier than London, UK) which means Wellington would be 17 hrs ahead of New York’s time! That’s why New Zealanders can celebrate the New Year that early…