Facts About New Zealand's North Island


Sarah Peddie

We have a lot of jobs to offer that are situated on the North Island of New Zealand. But, do you want to know a bit more about the place before you jet off? Here are some interesting stats and facts you may have not known about the island before. 

Before we get into it, here are a few facts about the island itself you may find useful to know 

  • One of the two main Islands of New Zealand that are separated by the Cook Strait.
  • It is the 14th largest island in the world with an area of over 113,000 square kilometres.
  • Its official name is Te Ika-a-Maui.
  • It has 12 main urban areas throughout the island.

Despite the North Island being the smaller of the two islands, it is much more populous than the South Island and has a population of around 3.7 million - with Auckland being the city with the largest population with 1.6 million. Wellington (the capital) has a population of around 215,000 and that added to the population of Auckland accounts for half of the population of the whole island. 

There are nine local government territories that make up the island which includes the small islands off the coast and territorial waters. 

It was discovered in 2009 that both of the islands that make up New Zealand did not officially have names. After public consultation in October 2013, the Island was named Te Ika-a-Maui which means “The Fish of Maui” in Maori. 
The climate in the North Island can vary depending on where you are situated. The very north of the island has a subtropical climate, whereas the middle of the island is a volcanic landscape full of forests, volcanic peaks and lakes. On the eastern side of the island, there are many vineyards.

The North Island is a playground for geothermal activity as there are plenty of geothermal fields around which are just moments away from the cities. Rotorua is one of the best places on the island to experience geothermal pools, giant volcanoes and extinct volcano craters. 

There are many stunning lakes around the island. Lake Taupo is the largest lake in New Zealand and the second largest freshwater lake in Oceania which sits in the caldera of Taupo Volcano. 

If you fancy a move to the North Island to work then register with Odyssey Recruitment today and we could help you on your way with a move down under.