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arrow Landforms Comprised of two large islands (separated by the Cook Strait), as well as Stewart Island, hundreds of coastal islands and many regional islands, New Zealand is a country of snowcapped mountains and scenic landscapes - north to south.

Positioned along the Ring of Fire, the Southern Alps (and it's many ranges) extend through the western portions of South Island. The country's highest point, Mount Cook (Aoraki) is located there, as well as over 350 glaciers and a wide assortment of national parks.

Throughout the Southern Alps an additional 19 mountains rise above 3,000 m (10,000 ft). Along the western side of these massive peaks there's a narrow strip of coastline. Along their eastern flank, the mountains slope into a region of rolling hills and plains, drained by glacier-fed rivers.

In the far south, within the confines of Fiordland National Park, a jagged coastline of fjords, inlets and bays front the Tasman Sea. Milford Sound, located within the park, is surrounded by sheer rock faces that rise 1,200 meters or more on either side. It's widely considered New Zealand's top travel destination.

The mountains found on North Island are volcanic in nature, and many remain quite active. On the island's southwestern corner, Mount Taranaki (or Mt. Egmont) rises to 2,518 m (8,261 ft).

Other volcanic peaks of note stretch across a wide central plateau, including Mount Ruapehu (2,797 m/9,177 ft), Mount Ngauruhoe (2,291 m/7,515 ft), and Mount Tongariro (1,968 m/6,458 ft). This thermal belt area is replete with boiling mud pools, geysers, hot springs and steam vents.

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Broad coastal plains ring much of North Island, and along its central western coastline, limestone caves, caverns and underground rivers are common. Along the northeastern coastline, the Bay of Islands is famous for its 125 (or more) scenic islands and secluded coves.

With Mount Maunganui guarding the entrance, and nearly 100 km of white sand, the Bay of Plenty is New Zealand's premier beach area.

Large areas of temperate rain forests are found along the western shore of South Island, and across much of New Zealand's North Island.

Occupying an extinct volcanic crate, the country's largest lake is Lake Taupo on North Island. The country's longest river, the Waikato, flows north from Lake Taupo through Hamilton, and on into the Tasman Sea.

Lake Te Anau is the largest lake on South Island. The Clutha River is that island's longest river, and like most rivers here, it originates in a Southern Alps glacial lake.

Land Statistics
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arrow Coastline measured at 15,134 km (9,400 mi)
(includes coastal islands)

arrow Land Area

(land) 268,680 sq km - includes coastal islands
and the Antipodes Islands, Auckland Islands,
Bounty Islands, Campbell Island,
Chatham Islands, Kermadec Islands
and Stewert Island. Map here!

(water) 1,080 sq km

(TOTAL) 269,760 sq km

arrow Land Area (all countries) here!

arrow Horizontal Widths (North Island) 413 km from New Plymouth, northeast to East Cape. (South Island) 286 km from Fiordland N.P., east to Dunedin

arrow Vertical Length (North Island) 807 km from North Cape to Wellington. (South Island) 726 km from Collingwood to Invercargill

Note: Lengths and widths indicated are point-to-point, straight-line measurements from a Mercator map projection, and will vary some using other map projections

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arrow Regions (16, 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 and West Coast

arrow Map of New Zealand Regions here!

arrow Regions (largest by population) Auckland, 1,371.000

arrow Regions (largest by size) Canterbury, 45,845 sq km

arrow Highest Point Mt. Cook (Aoraki), 3,754 meters

arrow Lowest Point South Pacific Ocean, 0 meters

arrow Latitude and Longitude here!

arrow Relative Location here!

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