Where is New Zealand in which country?
New Zealand is located about 1600 kilometers southeast of Australia in the South Pacific. The country does not belong to the Australian continent and also not to Antarctica, which is located about 5000 kilometers away and with which New Zealand was still merged until 300 million years ago. New Zealand can not be geologically attributed to any of the known continents.
New Zealand, as we know today, is even a continent of its own. The special thing about it is that most of this continent is below sea level and is not visible at all. This is also called a continental shelf. This continental shelf is half the size of Australia, and only seven percent of it is visible. These are the parts we know as New Zealand.
There are no national borders with other states, and the length of the coast is about 15,000 kilometers. If you wanted to go down the coast, you would have a lot to do. In total, the islands cover an area of about 268,680 square kilometers.
The Maori – the indigenous people of New Zealand – call the country “Aotearoa”, which means “land of the long white cloud”.