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Description: The Physical Map of New Zealand showing major geographical features like elevations, mountain ranges, deserts, lakes, plateaus, peninsulas, rivers, plains, landforms and other topographic features.

New Zealand Facts and Country Information...

New Zealand is a country made up of two islands, the North Island and the South Island and other minute islands which surround the two main islands. The country lies between the water hemisphere at 41 degrees south latitude and 174 degrees east longitude. The area covered by the country measures in at 267,710 kilometers square of which 98% is land and 2% is water. The collective coastlines add up to a staggering 15,134 kilometers in length.

Most of the country’s landscape contains high rugged peaks. The highest point in the country is known as Mount Cook and it is 3,754 meters high whereas the lowest point are the Taieri Plains which lie 2 meters below sea level. The climates on the islands are diverse as the people experience hot, cold, wet and sub-tropical climates.

The groups of islands are the major chunks of the immersed continent of Zealander which surfaced ages ago. The south island is cut lengthwise by the Southern Alps and there are 18 more peaks which stand at over 3,000 meters above sea level. The east side of the island has plains whereas the west has coastal areas. The north islands is more volcanic than mountainous. Lake Taupo is the largest lake in the country and Waikato is the longest river.

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