New Zealand

Located in the South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is a group of islands to the South East of Australia.

New Zealand consists of two main islands: the North Island and the South Island. New Zealand is also known as Aotearoa – meaning ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ in Maori.


the vital stats

  • capital: Wellington

  • official languages: English, Maori, NZ sign language

  • population: 4.8 million (2018)

  • area: 268,680 sq km

  • currency: NZ dollar $

did you know?

  • New Zealand was the first self-governing country in the world to give women the vote. This happened on 19 September, 1893.

  • Even though Ernest Rutherford, a New Zealand, is the father of Nuclear Energy, New Zealand is nuclear free.

  • No place in New Zealand is more than 140km from the ocean!

Maui's Fish Hook
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make Maui’s fish hook

Maui caught Te Ika a Maui (the North Island) with his magic fish hook. In this craft you can make your own version of Maui’s fish hook.


make afghan biscuits

These delicious cookies, are a classic Kiwi recipe - and oh so easy to make!