New Zealand

Maria Young's Country Research Project


Absolute Location

  • 41° S, 174° E (Wellington)
  • 103,738 sq. miles

Relative Location

  • Southeast of Australia
  • Southeast of Asia
  • Southwest of North America
  • West of South America

Location Cites

"New Zealand Latitude and Longitude Map." New Zealand Latitude and Longitude Map. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2014. <>.

"New Zealand Latitude Longitude and Relative Location -"New Zealand Latitude Longitude and Relative Location - N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2014. <>.

"Dejal - Blogs - David Sinclair's Blog - New Zealand and the US: A Comparison." Dejal - Blogs - David Sinclair's Blog - New Zealand and the US: A Comparison. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2014. <>.


Whanganui River

The Whanganui River is one of New Zealand's many fascinating physical features. This river is extremely unique because of it's bright, almost fluorescent colored moss, ancient rock formations, cliffs, and tree ferns along it. There are even waterfalls in some of the bends! This is a popular tourist attraction because you are allowed to canoe in this river. It is not only beautiful, but mystical and adventurous!

"The Shire" - Hobbiton - Matamata

The Shire scene in Matamata (also known as "Hobbiton"), New Zealand was one of the main filming areas in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. Filled with rolling hills and bright green pastures, this beautiful and luscious farmland area has 44 hobbit-sized hobbit holes that were custom built for the movies. This extremely popular tourist attraction features a guided tour all across the set!

Wairere Falls

Wairere Falls is the highest waterfall in the northern island of New Zealand! This beautiful scene is connected to the Wairere stream in the Kaimai-Mamaku forest park. It is surrounded by mossy boulders and picturesque natural bridges. Take a walk through this forest to see these luxurious waterfalls!

Place Cites

"New Zealand's Mighty 'Rhine of the South'" BBC Travel. BBC, n.d. Web. 21 May 2014. <>.

"Top Movie-Themed Tours of 2012." JustLuxe InPictures. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2014. <>.

"Wairere Falls Track | Hamilton - Waikato, New Zealand." Wairere Falls Track | Hamilton - Waikato, New Zealand. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2014. <>.

"Wairere Falls | Hamilton - Waikato, New Zealand." Wairere Falls | Hamilton - Waikato, New Zealand. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2014. <>.



Northland is the northern-most region of New Zealand. It is characterized by its beautiful beaches, bays, and colorful land. It is a narrow peninsula with an estimated population of about 148,600. This is a great place to go to if you like aquatic activities, such as diving, swimming, fishing, and boating. It is also home to some of the world's oldest and largest trees! This region is very relaxing and attractive.

Hawke's Bay

This region on the east coast of New Zealand features unique, historical architecture, beaches, and vineyards. It is very well known for its styles of art. The population of this region is approximately 131,500. There are also many tourist attractions that aren't common elsewhere in the world. Some of them include large vineyards that have free wine samples and the Cape Kidnappers Gannet Sanctuary.
Vineyards in Hawke's Bay, NZ.


This region offers something spectacular for every tourist - whether you want to see the beautiful plains or mountains meeting the sea, this region has it all. It offers a great variety of tourist attractions, like whale watching at Kaikoura, mountain biking in the Hanmer forest, or visit Akaroa, which is Canterbury's oldest village.

Region Cites

"Regions of New Zealand." New Zealand Travel Guide : New Zealand Regions, New Zealand Towns. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2014. <>.,_Northland,_New_Zealand.jpg - picture

"New Zealand. Day 2, Hawke's Bay." Edwines Nieuws. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2014. <>.

"Mountain Scenery Canterbury New Zealand Photograph by Colin and Linda McKie - Mountain Scenery Canterbury New Zealand Fine Art Prints and Posters for Sale." Fine Art America. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2014. <>.


Maori Tribe - Earliest Settlers - Movement of People and Ideas

The people of the Maori tribe were some of New Zealand's earliest settlers. They introduced a lot of new cultural customs. They worshipped many different gods and goddesses as a polytheist culture, introducing a new kind of mythology. It was also usual of their people to have many intricate tattoos. If an individual was not tattooed, they were considered worthless. Their cultures didn't begin to cease until the 18th century, when early European colonists arrived at the island. The tribe has since recovered their population - there are currently about 650,000 Maori in New Zealand. Many of their cultural aspects remain today!
This is one of the men from the Maori tribe. As you can see, he is tattooed and is wearing feathers. This indicates that he has a higher social status and is more respected among the people of their tribe.

Imports - Petroleum - Movement of Goods

Petroleum products and petroleum are New Zealand's largest imports. They make up over $6,466,000! Their products usually come from Australia and China.

Low Healthcare Costs - Movement of Ideas

Due to the movement of ideas, New Zealand has very low healthcare costs. Government subsidies and insure agencies have chosen to take care of the majority of the costs and leave little to no money left to pay for their citizens. Emergency and accident treatments at hospitals are almost all free! They also have a program called the ACC - which stands for Accident Compensation Corporation. This program covers all medical and recovery costs. It is something very unique, and not to mention, you would never find something like it in the United States.

Movement Cites

"BEFORE THEY PASS AWAY." BEFORE THEY PASS AWAY. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2014. <>.

"When Did the Maori Arrive in New Zealand? - Curiosity." Curiosity. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2014. <>.

"Moving from the USA." Moving to New Zealand from the USA. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2014. <>.

"New Zealand Crude Oil Imports by Year." (Thousand Barrels per Day). N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2014. <>.

"Science Media Centre." Science Media Centre RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2014. <>.

Human and Environment Interaction

Agriculture Industry

When New Zealand was first discovered, the settlers didn't clear any forests for many years. Due to the need for agricultural advancement, the people of New Zealand decided to clear forests for more land area to farm and build houses. Agriculture is now the largest industry in New Zealand!
This picture shows all the different categories of land use in New Zealand. The areas with a lot of light blue indicate rivers, lakes, ice, and snow areas. The areas with dark green also indicate forests. All of the other colors indicate what they grow where, what kind of animals there are, and what animal products they produce in that particular area.

Wairarapa Earthquake - January 23, 1855

The largest earthquake ever recorded in New Zealand happened on January 23, 1855, with an overwhelming magnitude of 8.2. Due to lower populations during this time, only 4 people were killed as a result of this earthquake. This earthquake did cause some ripple effects. For example, it created some cracks in the Wairarapa Plain, some reaching up to 5 meters deep. It also further led to landslides and the reconstruction of new homes.
Wairarapa is located on the southeast corner of the Northern Island of New Zealand.

Air Quality & Pollution

New Zealand experiences little problems with air pollution. Certain areas like big towns and cities tend to deal with more health issues that are related to air pollution than others. Generally speaking, New Zealand has very clean and healthy air compared to other countries like America!
This picture shows the amounts of Ozone-Depleting substances used in all the countries all around the world. As you can see, New Zealand uses a very small amount, especially compared to America and India!

Human/Environment Interaction Sources

Mcqueen, Humphrey. "Volume 7: Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands." Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture 16.1 (2012): 51-56. Web <>

"Figure 9.3: Land Use in New Zealand, 2004." Figure: Land Use in New Zealand, 2004. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2014. <>.

"Where Were New Zealand's Largest Earthquakes?" Where Were NZs Largest Earthquakes? / New Zealand Earthquakes / Earthquakes / Science Topics / Learning / Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2014. <>.

"Wellington Earthquake - 1855 - New Zealand Disasters - Kids - Christchurch City Libraries." Wellington Earthquake - 1855 - New Zealand Disasters - Kids - Christchurch City Libraries. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2014. <>.