The North Island, in relation to the South Island and Stewart Island
Print of a painting of Auckland port, 1857
Egmont National Park
Queen Street (c.1889); painting by Jacques Carabain. Most of the buildings depicted were demolished during rampant modernisation in the 1970s.
Tongariro National Park
Looking east over the area that became Wynyard Quarter with the Auckland CBD in the middle distance, c. 1950s.
Map of the North Island showing some of its cities
The urbanised extent of Auckland (red),
Territorial authorities of the North Island
Satellite view of the Auckland isthmus and Waitematā Harbour
A view over Chelsea Sugar Refinery's lower dam towards Auckland Harbour Bridge and the CBD
The volcanic Rangitoto Island in the Hauraki Gulf, with the remnant of Takaroro / Mount Cambria in the foreground (yellow, grassy reserve) . Viewed from Takarunga / Mount Victoria over Devonport.
Asians are Auckland's fastest growing ethnic group. Here, lion dancers perform at the Auckland Lantern Festival.
St Matthew-in-the-City, a historic Anglican church in the Auckland CBD
Projection of the Auckland Region's population growth to 2031
Pedestrians on Vulcan Lane in the CBD
The modern section of the Auckland Art Gallery, completed in 2011
Albert Park in central Auckland
View from the top of Maungawhau / Mount Eden
Landmark House
The twin towers of the National Bank Centre are among the tallest buildings in Auckland
Terraced housing built in 1897 as residential buildings and associated place houses for John Endean
Auckland Town Hall entrance on Queen Street
Old Government House, former residence of the Governor
The University of Auckland clock tower building is a 'Category I' historic place, completed in 1926
Railway lines serve the western, southern and eastern parts of the city from the Britomart Transport Centre.
Aerial view of the Auckland Harbour Bridge
The Auckland CBD skyline and Harbour Bridge at sunset.
The International Terminal at Auckland International Airport
Otahuhu Power Station's 404MW combined cycle turbine, also known as Otahuhu B

Auckland (Tāmaki Makaurau) is a large metropolitan city in the North Island of New Zealand.

- Auckland

From north to south, they are Whangārei, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Hastings, Whanganui, Palmerston North, and New Zealand's capital city Wellington, which is located at the south-west tip of the island.

- North Island

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Capital city of New Zealand.

Capital city of New Zealand.

"The Old Shebang" on Cuba Street, c. 1883
The Old High Court, since restored as the Supreme Court of New Zealand
This early map of Wellington County District shows a number of important historical sites, including Māori pā, pathways, wāhi tapu, and pre-1840 battle sites, as well as battle sites from the New Zealand Land Wars
Thorndon, the centre of government in Wellington, c. 1929. The original Government House (now the site of the Beehive), Parliament Buildings and Turnbull House are in the background
Old Government Buildings, Lambton Quay, the second-largest wooden building in the world and the largest in the Southern Hemisphere
Satellite view of the Wellington area
Wellington Botanic Gardens
Wellington City from Mount Victoria
Wellingtonians gathered for the Anzac Day dawn service (2011)
Old St Paul's was the Anglican pro-cathedral, and is one of the oldest structures in Wellington
The old Public Trust Building in Lambton Quay is an example of Edwardian architecture in Wellington, built entirely from granite
Interior of Wellington railway station
Wellington Museum occupies the Bond Store, a classic Victorian building in the French Second Empire style in the early 1890s.
Apartments at Oriental Bay
A row of classic weatherboard houses in the Mount Victoria neighbourhood, emblematic of the style of the area
Wellington Harbour, November 2009
Elephant House at Wellington Zoo
Te Papa ("Our Place"), the Museum of New Zealand
Wellington Cable Car, view from Kelburn
Cuba Street, Te Aro, looking north. The street is considered the microcosm of Wellington's culture, being "quirky", colourful, and packed full of shops, cafés, restaurants and art, such as the Bucket Fountain pictured.
City Gallery, an art gallery
The Weta Cave in Miramar
Te Wharewaka o Poneke on the Wellington waterfront
Wellington Regional Stadium
Wellington Town Hall on Te Ngākau Civic Square
Victoria University's Kelburn campus, one of four in Wellington
Commuting patterns in the Wellington region during 2006; darker red lines indicate greater traffic. Source: Statistics New Zealand.
New Matangi electric multiple unit
The Wellington urban area (pink) is administered by four local authorities
Population density in Wellington region (2008) based on census data
thumb|St. James Theatre on Courtenay Place, the main street of Wellington's entertainment district
Te Auaha, venue and performing arts school, Wellington
Te Whaea, venue and home to the New Zealand School of Dance and Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School
BATS Theatre foyer
Circa Theatre

It is located at the south-western tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Remutaka Range.

Wellington became the capital city in place of Auckland, which William Hobson had made the capital in 1841.

The South Island (political geography including Stewart Island / Rakiura and smaller surrounding islands), in relation to the North Island

South Island

The South Island (political geography including Stewart Island / Rakiura and smaller surrounding islands), in relation to the North Island
Charcoal rock drawing at Carters rockpool on the Ōpihi River
First European impression of Māori, at Murderers' Bay, 1642
Ships in what is likely to be Akaroa Harbour some time in the early 19th century
Gabriel's Gully during the Central Otago Gold Rush, 1862
Benmore Dam is the largest of eight dams within the Waitaki power scheme and was commissioned in 1965.
The Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings in Christchurch, designed by Benjamin Mountfort
Edward John Eyre, the Lieutenant-Governor of New Munster
Territorial authorities of the South Island
The Aviemore Dam, the penultimate hydro station on the Waitaki River hydro scheme
The Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter near Bluff
Approximate location of the Great South Basin with approximate location of allocated oil exploration blocks
Whale watching in Kaikōura
Bungy jumping in Queenstown
Cardrona Alpine Resort
Lake Pukaki, with Aoraki / Mount Cook in the background
Arthur's Pass
Map showing the route of
South Island Rail Network map
The Interislander in the Marlborough Sounds
USAF C-17 Globemaster III on the tarmac at Christchurch International Airport
Dunedin International Airport control tower and terminal building in 2009 with an Air New Zealand Boeing 737-300 on the tarmac
Queenstown Airport from a Glenorchy Air aircraft
A true-colour image of the South Island, after a powerful winter storm swept across New Zealand on 12 June 2006
Lake Ōhau
Aoraki / Mount Cook is the tallest mountain in New Zealand.
Typical view of Milford Sound / Piopiotahi
Fiordland National Park
Franz Josef Glacier
Lake Hauroko
Banks Peninsula is roughly circular, with many bays and two deep harbours
Broken River Ski Area in the Craigieburn Forest Park
Abel Tasman National Park
The famous "Pancake Rocks" at Paparoa National Park
The South Island kea, a species of mountain parrot
The South Island takahē
Southern Institute of Technology main campus
Princess Margaret Hospital in Christchurch
The Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter taking off from the Dunedin Public Hospital helipad
The Centre of Contemporary Art gallery in Christchurch
Old Chemistry Building, Christchurch Arts Centre
Dunedin Central Police station
NZ Police Mitsubishi Diamante in Dunedin
The Christchurch based Crusaders rugby team playing the Bulls from South Africa in the Super Rugby competition

The South Island, also officially named Te Waipounamu, is the larger of the two major islands of New Zealand in surface area, the other being the smaller but more populous North Island.

These divisions were of geographical significance only, not used as a basis for the government of the colony, which was centralised in Auckland.

New Zealand

Island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean.

Island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean.

Detail from a 1657 map showing the western coastline of Nova Zeelandia (in this map, North is at the bottom).
The Māori people descend from Polynesians whose ancestors emigrated from Taiwan to Melanesia between 3000 and 1000 BCE and then travelled east, reaching the Society Islands c. 1000 CE. After a pause of 200 to 300 years, a new wave of exploration led to the discovery and settlement of New Zealand.
Map of the New Zealand coastline as Cook charted it on his first visit in 1769–70. The track of the Endeavour is also shown.
The Waitangi sheet from the Treaty of Waitangi
A meeting of European and Māori inhabitants of Hawke's Bay Province. Engraving, 1863.
A statue of Richard Seddon, the "Beehive" (Executive Wing), and Parliament House (right), in Parliament Grounds, Wellington.
Māori Battalion haka in Egypt, 1941
Anzac Day service at the National War Memorial
Map of regions (coloured) and territorial authorities (outlined) in New Zealand.
The snow-capped Southern Alps dominate the South Island, while the North Island's Northland Peninsula stretches towards the subtropics.
The endemic flightless kiwi is a national icon.
The giant Haast's eagle died out when humans hunted its main prey, the moa, to extinction.
Waterfront along Auckland CBD, a major hub of economic activity
Milford Sound / Piopiotahi is one of New Zealand's most famous tourist destinations.
Wool has historically been one of New Zealand's major exports.
A Boeing 787–9 Dreamliner of Air New Zealand, the flag carrier of New Zealand
Population pyramid (2017)
Pedestrians on Queen Street in Auckland, an ethnically diverse city
A Rātana church on a hill near Raetihi. The two-tower construction is characteristic of Rātana buildings.
Portrait of Hinepare of Ngāti Kahungunu by Gottfried Lindauer, showing chin moko, pounamu hei-tiki and woven cloak
The Hobbiton Movie Set, located near Matamata, was used for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
A haka performed by the national rugby union team ("All Blacks") before a game. The haka is a challenge with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet.
Ingredients to be prepared for a hāngi
Rural scene near Queenstown
Hokitika Gorge, West Coast
The Emerald Lakes, Mt Tongariro
Lake Gunn
Pencarrow Head, Wellington

It consists of two main landmasses—the North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui) and the South Island (Te Waipounamu)—and over 700 smaller islands.

New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, and its most populous city is Auckland.

Territorial authorities in Waikato region before 2010


Territorial authorities in Waikato region before 2010
Waikato River passing through Hamilton
Map of population density in the Waikato region (2006 census)
Māori woman with a representation of the Waikato Ancestress "Te Iringa"

The Waikato ( or ) is a local government region of the upper North Island of New Zealand.

In retaliation for the help Waikato Māori (mainly Ngāti Maniapoto) gave Taranaki Māori in their conflict over land in the earlier First Taranaki War, and the decision by some Waikato hapu to form a separate kingdom – the King Movement or Kingitanga – in opposition to the government, the colonial government, with the help of troops brought from Britain and Queenite Māori loyal to the Crown, pushed south from the main settlement of Auckland, fighting against Waikato raiders in Auckland before venturing into the Waikato to attack the combined hapu of the King Movement.

Waikato River

The Waikato River draining into Huka Falls in Taupō
Port Waikato, the estuary of the River
The Ohakuri Dam midway between Taupō, Rotorua and Hamilton
The Huntly Power Station is cooled by the Waikato River
A boat on Lake Karapiro
Cynthia Dew heading downstream, Waikato Hospital in background
The cycleway was extended to link up with Hamilton's riverside path in 2014. The 2001 Horotiu bridge replaced one built in 1924.
A tributary stream in the Waitomo District showing agriculture-induced erosion

The Waikato River is the longest river in New Zealand, running for 425 km through the North Island.

It empties into the Tasman Sea south of Auckland, at Port Waikato.

New Plymouth

New Plymouth City Council Coat-of-Arms as used from 1949
Te Rewa Rewa Bridge which immediately became a symbol of the extensive cycling opportunities that have been created in and around New Plymouth.
Coastal Walkway in New Plymouth
The Taranaki Salute to the Anzacs – statue in New Plymouth

New Plymouth (Ngāmotu) is the major city of the Taranaki region on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand.

Other stations run by NZME and Mediaworks are broadcast throughout Taranaki but are networked from either Auckland or Wellington.