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New Zealand — Overview, Facts, Data, Time Zone, & more

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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.

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New Zealand Data & Facts, Visitor Info


New Zealand Dollar (NZD) [Current exchange rate NZD]

Goods and services tax (GST)

Goods and services tax (GST) is an indirect tax that businesses charge as part of the goods and services they provide. The current GST rate is 15.0 % (effective since 1st October 2010).
Visitors to New Zealand must pay GST on all goods and services that they buy in New Zealand.
There is no refund of GST available when you leave New Zealand.

Prices shown in shops and online include GST unless they say otherwise — the GST component of what you’ve paid is printed on your receipts.
Web: GST rate | New Zealand Government (www.govt.nz)




4.035.461 (July 2005 est.)

4.605.676 (Aug 2015 est.)

4.890.000 (July 2018 est.)

5.158.000 (Nov 2021 est.)

Yearly change in %: under 1%
Population Clock of the Statistics Office NZ: www.stats.govt.nz/tools/population-clock

Land Area

Total: 268 680 sq.km. / 103 741 sq.mi.
Land: 268 021 sq.km. / 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 meters or 2 916 feet) 15,811 kilometers 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)

Public Holidays in New Zealand

Web: Public holidays and anniversary dates | New Zealand Government (www.govt.nz)



Parliamentary Democracy

Read more: New Zealand Government System


Web: Embassies | New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (mfat.govt.nz)


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.

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime_Minister_of_New_Zealand


(=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

New Zealand in a nutshell

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 slightly bigger than the UK and slightly smaller than Germany – it has with a total land area of 268 680 sq.km. / 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.

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