The North Island is one of the two main islands of New Zealand. It is separated from the South Island by Cook Strait. The island is 113,729 square kilometres (43,911 sq mi) in area, making it the world's 14th-largest island. It has a population of 3,287,600 (June 2009). Its Māori name is Te Ika a Māui.
Twelve cities are in the North Island. The biggest is Auckland, New Zealand's largest city. Wellington, the capital, is at the southern end of the island. About 76% of New Zealand's population live in the North Island.
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