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Facts and Figures About New Zealand

Who doesn’t like a good statistic? Here, we have a whole bunch of interesting statistics for New Zealand to make this list of New Zealand in Numbers.

New Zealand is a land of firsts: first bungy jump, first jet boat, and first suffrage. It has the world’s longest place name! So no wonder there are many fun statistics about NZ! Scroll down to the numbers to be shocked, surprised and stunned by these New Zealand numbers.

For more random stuff see: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About New Zealand.

0 Nuclear Plants

in New Zealand.

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3,500,000 Tourists

came to NZ in 2016…

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100,000 Working Holidaymakers

100,000 of those were working holidaymakers. Find out how you could be the next one in How to Get a Working Holiday Visa?

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35,000 Bungy Jumps

people a year jump from the bungy jump birthplace: Kawarau bridge. Find out some other awesome places to bungy jump in the 7 Epic Places to Bungy Jump in New Zealand.

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30% Forest

30% of New Zealand is forest.


7 Sheep

to every one person in NZ.



of butter is made per citizen.

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of cheese is made per citizen.

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6.7% Australian

6.7%of visitors to New Zealand are from Australia (2017) and yep, that’s the largest majority of visitors from one country.

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85 letters

85 is the number of letters in NZ’s (and the world’s) longest place name: Taumatawhakatangihangak oauauotamateaturipukaka pikimaungahoronukupokaiwhe nua kitanatahu. You can find it in the Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand.

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66 Days

is the world’s longest blackout… and it happened in Auckland.

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of new migrants say the relaxed pace of life is the main thing they like about living in New Zealand.

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is the highest mountain, Aoraki Mt Cook. See it for yourself in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park!



is the population of New Zealand

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53,715 Jedis

The number of people on the 2001 census that listed their religion at ‘Jedi’.

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The amount of money The Lord of the Rings movies pumped into the economy.

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55 Miles

is the length of Ninety Mile Beach (!?)



The year that both women and men got the right to vote! That makes New Zealand the first country to give women the right to vote!

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2,500,000 Cars

for for 4,600,000 people. That means New Zealand has one of the highest car ownership rates in the world.

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41.2 Degrees South

is the position of Wellington, making it the most southern capital city in the world!

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No part of NZ is more than this distance away from the sea. You can snowboard and surf in the same day! Just so you know, 128km is 80 miles.

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5% Human

5% of New Zealand’s population is human. The rest are animals.


2,000,000,000 Litres

of water is pushed from Te Waikoropupu Springs. That’s more water than any other spring in the world. It is enough drinking for the whole country. For you Americans, 2,000,000,000 litres is 528,344,105 gallons.


1.2 Metres

is the length of the world’s smallest dolphins: Hector’s Dolphins. They are only found in New Zealand waters. And 1.2 metres is about 4 feet.



The information in this guide has been compiled from our extensive research, travel and experiences across New Zealand and the South Pacific, accumulated over more than a decade of numerous visits to each destination. Additional sources for this guide include the following:

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About The Author

Robin C.

This article has been reviewed and approved by Robin, who is the co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. With more than 15 years of experience in the New Zealand tourism industry, Robin has co-founded three influential tourism businesses and five additional travel guides for South Pacific nations. He is an expert in New Zealand travel and has tested over 600 activities and 300+ accommodations across the country.

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