South Island

one of the two main New Zealandian islands

The South Island is the larger of the two main islands of New Zealand. It is separated from the North Island by Cook Strait. The South Island covers 151,215 square kilometres (58,384 sq mi) and has a temperate climate. It is also known by its Māori name, Te Wai Pounamu. About 24% of New Zealand's population live in the South Island.

South Island
Te Waipounamu  (Māori)
South Island is located in Oceania
South Island
South Island
Coordinates43°59′S 170°27′E / 43.983°S 170.450°E / -43.983; 170.450
ArchipelagoNew Zealand
Area150,437 km2 (58,084 sq mi)
Area rank12th
Length840 km (522 mi)
Coastline5,842 km (3630.1 mi)
Highest elevation3,724 m (12218 ft)
Highest pointAoraki / Mount Cook

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