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New Zealand's Information

Flag of New Zealand
Land Area 264,537 km2
Water Area 4,301 km2
Total Area 268,838km2 (#75)
Population 4,474,549 (#126)
Population Density 16.91/km2
Government Type Parliamentary Democracy (New Zealand Parliament) Under A Constitutional Monarchy; A Commonwealth Realm
GDP (PPP) $175.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $37,100
Currency Dollar (NZD)
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The overall climate of New Zealand is influenced by two main geographic features: the mountains and the ocean.

Although its northern reaches enjoy a temperate climate, weather can change quickly across the country as weather fronts and tropical cyclones travel through this region of the South Pacific frequently.

New Zealand is located in the Southern Hemisphere, so seasons are opposite the Northern Hemisphere. The warmest months are December, January, February; the coldest are June, July and August.

Temperatures are generally warmer in the north than in the south, however, the climate differences prove to be minuscule (most of the time).

In the summer months (south to north), the average high temps are in the low 70's F (21°C), while in the winter months the average highs are near 40°F (4°C), and again, running slightly higher in the north.

The far-northern reaches of North Island experience sub-tropical weather throughout the year and freezing conditions are quite rare.

The fall months, March to May, are a bit cooler than summer, but for most of the time, the weather is refreshing, with clear, crisp air.

Moderately high rainfall is common (25 to 59 inches per year), but so are many hours of sunshine throughout the country. In fact, many places in New Zealand receive over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually.

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Seasonal Temperature Averages

HIGH TEMPERATURES ( Fahrenheit/Celsius )

(Jan) 72/22 (Feb) 74/23 (Mar) 73/22 (Apr) 67/19

(May) 64/17 (Jun) 58/14 (Jul) 58/14 (Aug) 59/14

(Sep) 61/16 (Oct) 62/16 (Nov) 65/18 (Dec) 71/21

LOW TEMPERATURES ( Fahrenheit/Celsius )

(Jan) 61/15 (Feb) 60/15 (Mar) 60/15 (Apr) 54/11

(May) 53/11 (Jun) 48/9 (Jul) 47/8 (Aug) 49/9

(Sep) 49/9 (Oct) 52/10 (Nov) 54/11 (Dec) 59/15


HIGH TEMPERATURES ( Fahrenheit/Celsius )

(Jan) 65/18 (Feb) 66/19 (Mar) 69/21 (Apr) 57/14

(May) 60/16 (Jun) 47/8 (Jul) 48/9 (Aug) 53/12

(Sep) 57/14 (Oct) 58/14 (Nov) 60/16 (Dec) 67/19

LOW TEMPERATURES ( Fahrenheit/Celsius )

(Jan) 49/10 (Feb) 49/9 (Mar) 48/9 (Apr) 41/5

(May) 39/4 (Jun) 30/-1 (Jul) 31/0 (Aug) 35/2

(Sep) 36/2 (Oct) 41/5 (Nov) 44/7 (Dec) 50/10

This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

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New Zealand unitary authorities, regional councils, 0 & their capitals

Region Capital
Auckland Auckland
Bay of Plenty Whakatane
Canturbury Christchurch
Chatham Islands Territory Waitangi
Gisborne District Gisborne
Hawke's Bay Napier
Manawatu-Wanganui Palmerston North
Marlborough District Blenheim
Nelson Nelson
Northland Whangarei
Otago Dunedin
Southland Invercargill
Taranaki New Plymouth
Tasman District Richmond
Waikato Hamilton
Wellington Wellington
West Coast Greymouth

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