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The Auckland urban area, in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest and most populous urban area in the country. Auckland has a population of 1,413,700, which constitutes 31 percent of the country's population.

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The World's Longest Place Names Ranked From Long To Very Very Long Indeed

Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu is the 85 letter Māori name for a hill, 305 metres high, overlooking Hawke Bay, New Zealand.

New Zealand National Parks: Te Urewera National Park, Tongariro National Park, Egmont National Park, Whanganui National Park, Abel Tasman National Park, Kahurangi National Park, Paparoa National Park, Nelson Lakes National Park, Arthurs Pass National Park, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, Mount Aspiring National Park, Fiordland National Park, Rakiura National Park

The kiwi is an endangered, flightless bird and is indigenous to New Zealand. There are a few traits that make this little fella quite an oddball. It gets about as big as a chicken and has tiny wings that don’t allow the bird to fly. However, the kiwi has a very good sense of smell and can run very fast. Its feathers are almost hair-like and it lays eggs that are up to half of its own body weight. The kiwi is also a national symbol of New Zealand.

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The Kiwi Bird, NZ

The most ancient of New Zealand’s birds, the kiwi evolved 70 million years ago from a flightless ancestor from the great southern continent of Gondwana. It’s a member of the ratite group, and related to the ostrich, emu and rhea as well as the now extinct New Zealand moa.This bird, even if it is not very often seen, is well known. It has given its name to New Zealanders, who are called "Kiwis" the world over.

Hector’s dolphins are the smallest and rarest marine dolphins in the world. They have distinct black facial markings, short stocky bodies and a dorsal fin shaped like a Mickey Mouse ear. There is a subspecies of Hector’s dolphin known as Maui’s dolphin that is critically endangered and estimated to have a population of only 55. They are found only in the shallow coastal waters along western shores of New Zealand’s North Island.

In 2008, TripAdvisor named Milford Sound (pictured below) the world’s top travel destination, based on an international survey.