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North Island
North Island

The North Island is one of the two main islands of New Zealand, the other being the South Island. New Zealand North Island File links The following pages link to this file: North Island Categories: Images with unknown source ... The South Island The South Island forms one of the two major islands of New Zealand, the other being the North Island. ...


Several important cities are in the North Island, notably New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, and Wellington, the capital, located at the southern extremity of the island. Around 76% of New Zealand's population lives in the North Island. Auckland, in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest urban area in New Zealand. ... Alternative meanings at Wellington (disambiguation) A view of Wellington from the top of Mount Victoria. ...


Māori mythology says that the North and South Islands of New Zealand came from the time of Māui, who was a demigod. For the Māori language, see Māori language. ... Māui (Maui) is the great hero of Polynesian mythology. ...


The story goes that he and his brothers were fishing from their canoe (the South Island) when he caught a great fish and pulled it from the sea. While he was not looking his brothers fought over the fish and chopped it up.


This great fish became the North Island and thus the Māori name for the North Island is Te Ika a Māui (The Fish of Maui). The mountains and valleys are said to have been formed as a result of Māui's brothers' hacking at the fish.


The island is 113,729 square km in area[1], making it the world's 14th-largest island. This is a list of islands in the world ordered by area. ...

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Historical note

On some 19th century maps, the North Island is named New Munster.


Grammatical note

The definite article is used with the names of the North and South islands, as the North Island and the South Island, like the North Sea and the Western World, but unlike Rangitoto Island or West Point. Maps, headings or tables and adjectival expressions use North Island, whereas the North Island is used after a preposition or before or after a verb, e.g. my mother lives in the North Island, the North Island is smaller than the South Island, or I'm visiting the North Island. The North Sea is a sea of the Atlantic Ocean, located between the coasts of Norway and Denmark in the east, the coast of the British Isles in the west, and the German, Dutch, Belgian and French coasts in the south. ... The term Western world or the West can have multiple meanings depending on its context. ... Rangitoto Island (36° 47′ 14″ S, 174° 51′ 48″ E) is a volcanic island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand. ... Alternate meanings: West Point (disambiguation). ...


When specifying the island where a place, person, or object is located, it is normal to use the word in rather than on, for example Hamilton is in the North Island.


Regions of the North Island

Nine local government regions cover the North Island and all its adjacent islands and territorial waters. Region is the formal term for the top tier of local government in New Zealand. ...

The Northland Region, one of the regions of New Zealand, is, as the name suggests, the northernmost of New Zealands administrative regions. ... Auckland Region is a local government region in New Zealand. ... The Bay of Plenty, often abbreviated to BoP, is a region of New Zealand situated around the body of water of the same name. ... Gisborne is the name of a unitary authority (in this case, a region and district) in New Zealand. ... Waikato is the name of a region in the North Island of New Zealand. ... View of Mount Taranaki from Stratford (facing west). ... Manawatu-Wanganui is a region situated in the lower half of the North Island of New Zealand. ... Hawkes Bay is a region of New Zealand. ... The Wellington region of New Zealand occupies the southern end of the North Island. ...

Cities and towns in the North Island

(Smaller urban areas are found on the List of towns in New Zealand.) This is a list of towns in New Zealand. ...

The Auckland Metropolitan Area, or Greater Auckland, in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest urban area in New Zealand. ... Cambridge is a town in the Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand. ... Coromandel is the name of a town and harbour on the Coromandel Peninsula on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. ... The deMolen Windmill Foxton is a town in the North Island of New Zealand. ... Gisborne is the name of a unitary authority (in this case, a region and district) in New Zealand. ... Hamilton is New Zealands 4th-largest metropolitan area. ... Hastings Town Square Hastings City is a city in Hawkes Bay, close to the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. ... Huntly Power Station on the western bank of the Waikato River Huntly (population 7,067) is a town in the Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand. ... Kerikeri is a popular tourist destination in the Bay of Islands on the North Island of New Zealand, about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 kilometres north of Whangarei. ... Matamata is a rural Waikato town in New Zealand with a total population of around 12,000 (6,000 in rural areas, 6,000 in the township). ... Masterton is the largest town (and local government district) in the Wairarapa region in the southeastern North Island of New Zealand. ... Napier is an important port city in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. ... New Plymouth is the port and main city in the Taranaki region on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. ... Pahiatua is a rural service town in the southeastern North Island of New Zealand. ... Palmerston North is a city in the Manawatu-Wanganui region of the North Island of New Zealand. ... Raglan is a seaside town and surrounding district associated with Whaingaroa Harbour (also known as Raglan Harbour) on the west coast of the Waikato region in New Zealands North Island. ... Rotorua is a city located on the southern shore of Lake Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand. ... Stratfords view of Mount Taranaki (facing west). ... Taupo is a large urban area in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand. ... Tauranga (population 107,706 — 2006 census) is the major city of the western Bay of Plenty on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. ... Alternative meanings at Wellington (disambiguation) A view of Wellington from the top of Mount Victoria. ...

Geographic features

Cape Reinga Lighthouse Cape Reinga (or Te Rerenga Wairua in the Maori language) is the northwesternmost tip of the Aupouri Peninsula, at the northern end of the North Island of New Zealand. ... A view of from the summit of Mount Victoria, Wellington - Cook Strait stretches to the right (west). ... Lake Taupo. ... Tongariro National Park is the oldest National Park in New Zealand. ... Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu or Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu is the Maori (language) placename on an otherwise unremarkable hill which is 305 metres high, close to Porangahau, south of Waipukurau in southern Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. ... Waikato River passing through Hamilton The Waikato River is the longest river in New Zealand. ... The Waitomo Caves are located in the southern Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand, 20 kilometres northwest of Te Kuiti. ...

References

 Statistics New Zealand Geography - physical features

Flag of New Zealand

Regions of New Zealand Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... Region can be used to mean either: any more or less well-defined geographical area of a country or continent, defined by geography, culture or history in political geography, an administrative subdivision of a country or of the European Union. ...

North Island:

Northland | Auckland | Waikato | Bay of Plenty | Gisborne | Hawke's Bay | Taranaki | Manawatu-Wanganui | Wellington North Island The North Island is one of the two main islands of New Zealand, the other being the South Island. ... The Northland Region, one of the regions of New Zealand, is, as the name suggests, the northernmost of New Zealands administrative regions. ... Auckland is one of the 12 regions of New Zealand. ... Waikato is the name of a region in the North Island of New Zealand. ... The Bay of Plenty, often abbreviated to BoP, is a region of New Zealand situated around the body of water of the same name. ... Gisborne is the name of a unitary authority (in this case, a region and district) in New Zealand. ... Hawkes Bay is a region of New Zealand. ... View of Mount Taranaki from Stratford (facing west). ... Manawatu-Wanganui is a region situated in the lower half of the North Island of New Zealand. ... The Wellington region of New Zealand occupies the southern end of the North Island. ...

South Island:

Tasman* | Marlborough* | Nelson* | West Coast | Canterbury | Otago | Southland South Island The South Island forms one of the two major islands of New Zealand, the other being the North Island. ...   Categories: Nelson, New Zealand | Territorial Authorities of New Zealand | New Zealand geography stubs ... Marlborough is one of the regions of New Zealand, located in the northeast of the South Island. ... The city of Nelson stands on the eastern side of Tasman Bay at the northern end of the South Island of New Zealand and is the administrative centre for Nelson Province. ... The West Coast is one of the administrative regions of New Zealand, located on the west coast of the South Island. ... The New Zealand region of Canterbury mostly comprises the Canterbury Plains. ... Otago (help· info) is one of the regions of New Zealand and lies in the south-east of the South Island. ... Southland is the name of New Zealands southernmost region and is also the name of a district within that region. ...


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