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New Zealand: Kiwi, Sir Edmund Hillary, & Maoris

Updated on June 1, 2016
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Do you want to know more about New Zealand? Are you a lover of travel, geography teacher, homeschooling or involved parent, student, or life-long learner? In an effort to make world geography more meaningful and memorable, I've compiled all you will need to locate New Zealand on a map, cook a Kiwi meal, watch YouTube clips on New Zealand, color the flag, create a Kiwi craft, read a great book about New Zealand, and more!

Map showing New Zealand's location
Map showing New Zealand's location | Source

Where is New Zealand?

Locate New Zealand on this map of Australia/Oceania. Use this map of New Zealand to label the capitol, Wellington. Mark other relevant features (rivers, mountains, famous locations, etc.) if desired. If you'd like to spend a bit more time researching the country, you can add the language, currency, type of government, religion, and/or famous landmarks. Write them on the back of the map. You can easily find all this information at

Pohutukawa tree, known as New Zealand's Christmas tree
Pohutukawa tree, known as New Zealand's Christmas tree | Source

Fun Facts About New Zealand

Bungee jumping was invented in New Zealand.

Christmas in New Zealand follows soon after midsummer's day. Many northern hemisphere traditions carry over to New Zealand, including tinsel-covered pine trees and christmas cards showing snow and reindeer. The pohutukawa tree comes into peak-bloom in late December and is known as New Zealand's Christmas tree.

New Zealand is part of 'The Pacific Rim of Fire'. Mount Ruapehu, situated in central North Island, is the most active volcano of the country.

To become a New Zealand citizen, you must swear an oath of loyalty to Queen Elizabeth.

New Zealand is home to the largest flightless parrot (kakapo), biggest earthworms, smallest bats, heaviest insect (a weta), some of the oldest trees and many of the rarest species of birds, insects, and plants in the world.


Flag of New Zealand
Flag of New Zealand | Source

New Zealand's Flag

Print and color the flag of New Zealand and learn the history and meaning of it from .

Visiting New Zealand on YouTube: 100% Pure New Zealand

New Zealand A Dream

Wellington, New Zealand

Wild New Zealand Animal Images

New Zealand Meal

Prepare and serve fish and chips, peas, pavlova, and English tea.

Fish and chips
Fish and chips

Fish and Chips

To shorten the cooking and prep time, simply use store-bought frozen french fries instead of making them yourself. If you want to streamline this meal even more, use frozen, breaded fish fillets as well.

Prep time: 35 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 4


  • 4 potatoes
  • oil
  • 1 lb cod or 1 lb other lean fish fillet
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2/3 cup water


  1. Cut potatoes lengthwise into 1/2-inch strips. Heat oil (2 to 3 inches or enough to cover) in deep fryer or Dutch oven to 375F. Fill basket one-fourth full with potatoes. Skip the next step if you're not using a basket: Slowly lower basket into hot oil. (If oil bubbles excessively, raise and lower basket several times.) Use a long-handled fork to keep potatoes separated. Fry potatoes 5 to 7 minutes or until golden brown; drain on paper towels. Place potatoes in single layer on cookie sheet and keep warm. Repeat with remaining potatoes.
  2. Cut fish filets into 2 x 1/-1/2-inch pieces. Pat dry with paper towels. Mix flour and salt. Mix baking soda and vinegar. Stir vinegar mixture and water into flour mixture; beat until smooth. Dip fish into batter, allowing excess batter to drip into bowl. Fry 4 or 5 fish pieces at a time (do not use basket) about 3 minutes, turning fish once, until brown. Drain on paper towels.
  3. Preheat oven to broil. Broil potatoes 6 inches from heat 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp. (This recipe came from
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Pavlova (Meringue topped with whipped cream and fruit)
Pavlova (Meringue topped with whipped cream and fruit)
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: 6-8

Pavlova (Meringue topped with whipped cream and fruit)

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup superfine sugar (caster sugar or regular sugar pulsed in a food processor until grains are half their size)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sliced fruit
  • sliced (kiwifruit is most common but berries or peaches also taste good with this)
  • 1 1/2 cups lightly sweetened whipped cream


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a shallow baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large dry bowl, sprinkle cream of tartar over egg whites and beat until stiff. Whisk together sugar and cornstarch. Add the mixture to the egg whites a tablespoon at a time, while beating on medium speed, until all ingredients are combined. The meringue should be shiny, white, and stiff. Fold in vanilla extract. Reduce oven heat to 200°F Mound the meringue on the baking sheet in a round shape about 6 inches in diameter. Bake for 1 hour. Turn off oven, leaving meringue in the oven until it is cold or overnight. Top with whipped cream and arrange fruit over top. (This recipe came from

Make a kiwi finger puppet & a Maori art bookmark

Create a Kiwi finger puppet by using the free template and following the directions at

You can also make Maori art bookmarks by following the directions at

Find more great activity ideas at and

Read a book about New Zealand

New Zealand ABCs: A Book About the People and Places of New Zealand (Country ABCs)
New Zealand ABCs: A Book About the People and Places of New Zealand (Country ABCs)
This 32 page picture book provides a nice overview of the people and places of New Zealand.
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Maui and the Sun by Gavin Bishop - Images are from the Top! Climbing the World's Highest Mountain (Step-Into-Reading, Step 5) by Sydelle Kramer
Maui and the Sun by Gavin Bishop - Images are from
Maui and the Sun by Gavin Bishop - Images are from
To the Top! Climbing the World's Highest Mountain (Step-Into-Reading, Step 5) by Sydelle Kramer
To the Top! Climbing the World's Highest Mountain (Step-Into-Reading, Step 5) by Sydelle Kramer

Maui and the Sun by Gavin Bishop is a re-telling of a popular Maori pourquoi tale/trickster tale telling how trickster Maui captured the sun with a net so that the day could be longer. To the Top! Climbing the World's Highest Mountain (Step-Into-Reading, Step 5) by Sydelle Kramer is a 48 page picture book on Sir Edmund Hillary's climb to the top of Mount Everest and would be great to read if you have less time and/or younger children.

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Pray for the people of New Zealand

To find out about the religious nature of New Zealand and specific ways you can pray for the country, go to

Where is Wellington, the capital of New Zealand?

Wellington, new zealand

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I haven't been to New Zealand. Have you?

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Other countries starting with the letter N

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Norfolk Island

Northern Cyprus

Northern Mariana Islands


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