About New Zealand

Sport and culture

New Zealand is traditionally associated with sports such as rugby and netball, jet-boating and bungy jumping, and for its national icons: the flightless kiwi and the millions of sheep that dot our landscape.

However, we have much to offer the culturally-inclined: our film industry has gained renown in recent years; and our writers, artists and performing artists are making a name for themselves on the world stage.

Location and climate

New Zealand is situated in the southern waters of the Pacific Ocean and lies approximately 2200km east of Australia. It comprises the North Island, the South Island, Stewart Island, and other small surrounding islands. It has a temperate climate with the northern part of the country noticeably warmer than the southern part. We have four seasons: summer (January-March), autumn (April-June), winter (July-September) and spring (October - December).


Known by the Māori as Aotearoa —"land of the long white cloud" — New Zealand is celebrated for its breath-taking scenery. This ranges from sparkling beaches and dormant volcanoes in the north, to majestic mountain ranges and fjords in the south.


New Zealand is home to over four million people.

Our heritage is drawn from the indigenous Māori culture and from the culture and traditions brought by British and other European settlers from the 18th century onwards.

In more recent times our culture has benefited from the influences of our Pacific neighbours, and increased immigration from Asia and Europe.

Find out more

Tourism New Zealand - discover what New Zealand has to offer you as a visitor or new migrant
Events in New Zealand - a calendar of events from Tourism NZ
Statistics New Zealand - find out facts and statistics on New Zealand from the government's official statistical agency
New Zealand Immigration Service - whether you want to live, work, study, or just visit NZ, find out all you need to know from the government's official agency