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This is a list of islands of New Zealand. New Zealand consists of a large number of islands. The two main islands, which are much larger than the rest and where most of the population lives, are the North Island and the South Island. The latter is often referred to as the "mainland", especially by its residents, it being only a little larger but having a lower population. Stewart Island/Rakiura is by far the biggest of the smaller islands, although Waiheke Island has the largest population of the smaller islands.

The following is a list of some of the islands of New Zealand:


Main New Zealand chain

Listed By Size

Rank English name Māori name Sq. Km  % of NZ Area Population
1 South Island Te Wai Pounamu 151215 56.2% 1,027,500
2 North Island Te Ika-a-Māui 113729 42.3% 3,287,600
3 Stewart Island Rakiura 1746 0.6% 400
4 Chatham Island Rekohu 900 0.3% 600
5 Auckland Island Motu Maha 510 0.2% 0
6 Great Barrier Island Aotea 285 0.1% 850
7 Resolution Island Taumoana 208 0.1% 0
8 D'Urville Island Rangitoto Ki Te Tonga 150 <0.1% About 52[1]
9 Campbell Island 115 <0.1% 0
10 Adams Island 100 <0.1% 0
11 Waiheke Island 92 <0.1% 7,700
12 Secretary Island 81 <0.1% 0

In harbours and the open sea

In rivers and lakes


New Zealand also administers the following islands outside the main archipelago. Only the Chatham Islands have a permanent population although others also did in the past. Others host visitors for science, conservation, meteorological observation and tourism.

The New Zealand sub-antarctic islands are considered World Heritage Sites.

Self-governing territories

The following self-governing island territories are politically dependent areas of New Zealand but are not considered part of New Zealand geographically:

Territorial claims

New Zealand also claims the Ross Dependency in Antarctica, including:

See also


  1. ^ Gerard Hindmarsh (2006). Discovering D'Urville, Heritage New Zealand, Winter 2006.

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