New Zealand is a island nation, that is located to the east of Australia and to the south of Fiji, Tonga and New Caledonia. Most of the land mass of the country is made up of two large islands, which are known as the North Island and South Island. The population of New Zealand is about 4.4 million and about 1.5 million of these people live in the largest city of Auckland. However, this city is not the capital of the country.
What is the capital city of New Zealand?
The capital city of New Zealand is Wellington, which is located on the south-western tip of the North Island. It has a population of about 400,000 people and is the second largest city in the country. Wellington is home to many important institutions including the Parliament of New Zealand, Supreme Court of New Zealand, Government House and Premier House.
Did you know?
The country was believed to be first settled by people from Polynesia around 1250-1300 and the descendants of these people are today known as M?ori people. The first European to reach New Zealand was Abel Tasman in 1642, but due to a violent encounter it wasn’t visited again until James Cook mapped the coastline in 1769. After this time European ships began to visit the country to trade with the local people. In 1840 the M?ori signed a treaty with the United Kingdom and many immigrants arrived to the island nation after this time. The first capital of the country was Auckland, which was made the capital in 1841. In 1865 this was replaced by Wellington due to its more central location in the country.