General NZ Information
New Zealand's Flag
New Zealand has an area of over 265,200km2 (Gt
Britain is 229,880km2)
New Zealand has an estimated population of
4,000,000 people. (Apr
New Zealand has a population of approx 40,000,000 sheep.
In summary - A third of the population live in Auckland
city. A third lives in the remainder of the North Island. The remaining
third live in the South Island, the larger of the two main islands.
Visitors to New Zealand
New Zealand played host to an estimated 1,600,000 visitors in 1999. This number is increasing.
New Zealand's highest point is Mt Cook at 3,753m (12,313ft)
New Zealand's currency is the Dollar NZD.
$1.00USD buys approximately $1.60NZD.
New Zealand is 12 hrs ahead of Universal Time
Co-ordinated UTC (GMT). During daylight saving (October - April) NZ is 13
hrs ahead of UTC.
Due to New Zealand's proximity to the International date line, it is one of the first countries in the world to see tomorrow. New Zealand's Chatham Islands lie to the east of the date line and are three quarters of an hour ahead of the mainland. For this reason the Chatham Island's were a popular destination for tourists during Millennium celebrations.
New Zealand is Nuclear Free and does not allow nuclear weapons or nuclear powered ships to visit it's ports.
Driving in New Zealand
Driving in New Zealand is on the left-hand side of the road.
The open road speed limit is 100Km/h
The speed limit within cities and towns is 50Km/h, unless otherwise indicated.
New Zealand's GIVE WAY rules are different from most countries. Unless otherwise indicated it's 'give way to your right' at all times. This includes unmarked T intersections.
Traffic lights in New Zealand only display Amber between
Green and Red. There is no Amber before Green as in some European countries.
New Zealand drivers are generally of a good standard. As
with most countries, we have our fair share of undesirables on the road.