New Zealand Physical Map

New Zealand Physical Map

Physical Map of New Zealand

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New Zealand physical features


The country has a long coastline with some of the most extensive marine resources. The unique and distinctive diversity in animal and plant life is also promising. Preserving these resources in one of the best ways is often the primary aim of different organizations. The country has a diverse topography. The South Island is the largest landmass of New Zealand, and it is divided by the Southern Alps. To the east of the Southern Alps, lies the rolling farmland of Otago, while the Southland comprises of the vast and flat Canterbury Plains.

Dramatic Landscape

New Zealand enjoys varied landscape along with some of the most impressive geographical features. Right from the active volcanoes to the cascading glaciers, from the vast mountain ranges to the crystal clear and serene lakes, the amazing geography has made it one of the most popular destinations for tourists. No wonder, even films like “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “The Hobbit” trilogy was produced here.

Picturesque fiords, spectacular glaciers, vast plains, rugged mountains, subtropical forests, long coastlines, volcanic plateaus and sandy Pacific beaches are all within easy reach.

Sandy beaches to rugged coastlines

New Zealand has more than 15000 kms of varied and spectacular coastlines. On the east coast of the North Island, you will find long sandy surf beaches. On the other hand, the west coast has sandy and dark beaches due to volcanic lava deposits. Even the north of the South Island has some beautiful and sandy beaches, while the rest of the coastline is wider and more rugged in nature.

Mountain range to fertile farms

About two thirds of the South Island and one fifth of the North Island are covered with mountains. This is due to the tectonic movement of the earth that makes a spine of the mountain ranges. On the other hand, the alluvial deposits formed the Canterbury Plains along with a number of smaller plains.


The Southern Alps comprises of a number of glaciers, and Tasman glacier is the largest. The other famous ones are Franz Joseph and Fox glaciers. These spectacular glaciers are easily accessible.

The diversity of New Zealand cannot be described in words alone. One has to visit the country in order to experience the gorgeous beauty of the country.

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New Zealand is situated in the South Pacific Ocean, south east of Australia. The country comprises of two main islands, North Island and South Island. The most significant of the smaller inhabited islands of New Zealand is the Stewart Island.

Much of New Zealand is mountainous. The Southern Alps dominate South Island and North Island is hilly with coastal plains and volcanic mountains. Highest point is Mount Cook at 3754 meters above sea level. There are 18 peaks of more than 3000 metres in the South Island. The North Island is less mountainous than the South, but is marked by volcanism. The tallest North Island mountain, Mount Ruapehu (2797 m), is an active cone volcano.

Wellington is both the capital city and a major port.

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