The continent of New Zealand is sometimes referred to as Zealandia, and encompasses a large underwater land mass. New Zealand is most often identified as its own continent.
New Zealand is comprised of a 4 million square mile area known as Zealandia, which includes the country's three primary islands as well as underwater extensions, various other small islands and part of the Antarctic continent. The underwater portions of Zealandia include:
The visible portions of Zealandia that make up New Zealand are North Island, South Island and Stewart Island. These land masses span slightly more than 104,000 square miles, while the underwater portions make up approximately 93 percent of the entire continent.Learn More
New Zealand, a nation comprised of several islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean east of Australia, has about 103,454 square miles of land. The nation is home to about 4.5 million people.Full Answer >
The capital of New Zealand is Wellington. It has 393,600 residents as of 2014 and is the second-most-populated urban area in New Zealand. It is located in the southwest of North Island. In 2014 the city was ranked as 12th in the world by Mercer Quality of Living Survey.Full Answer >
New Zealand is located at latitude 41.44 degrees south and longitude 172.19 degrees west in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, approximately 900 miles east of Australia across the Tasman Sea. Other nearby countries include Fiji and Tonga, both of which lie about 600 miles north of New Zealand. This country was one of the last landmasses to be explored, discovered and inhabited due to its remote location.Full Answer >
New Zealand's climate ranges from warmer subtropical temperatures in the north to cool, temperate weather in the south. Mountain ranges act as barriers for strong western winds, leaving the country with a diverse climate.Full Answer >