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  • New Zealand is one of the first countries in the world to see the dawn. Local time is 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and daylight saving Time (summer time) in New Zealand runs from 2am on the first Sunday in October to 2am on the third Sunday in March. During this period clocks go forward one hour.
  • New Zealand’s highest mountain is Aoraki/Mt Cook, at 3,754 metres
  • New Zealand is also known as Aotearoa in the M?ori language which means Land of the Long White Cloud, the name given to New Zealand by the maori.
  • New Zealand?s closest neighbours to the north are New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga.
  • Auckland is the biggest city with over 1.2 million people and the capital city Wellington has a population of around 400,000
  • the average household spent $143 a week on food in 2003/2004
  • New Zealand?s longest serving Prime Minister was Richard Seddon

Author: nztravelguide

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