The North Island, also officially named Te Ika-a-Māui, is one of the two main islands of New Zealand, separated from the larger but much less populous South Island by the Cook Strait. The island's area is 113,729 km2 (43,911 sq mi), making it the world's 14th-largest island. The world's 28th-most-populous island, and the most populous island in Polynesia, the North Island has a population of 3,922,000 (June 2022), accounting for approximately 77% of the total residents of New Zealand.
Te Ika-a-Māui (Māori)
|Area||113,729 km2 (43,911 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||2,797 m (9177 ft)|
|Highest point||Mount Ruapehu|
|Largest settlement||Auckland (pop. 1,440,300)|
|Population||3,922,000 (June 2022)|
|Pop. density||34.5/km2 (89.4/sq mi)|
Twelve main urban areas (half of them officially cities) are in the North Island. From north to south, they are Whangārei, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Hastings, Whanganui, Palmerston North, and New Zealand's capital city Wellington, which is located at the south-west tip of the island.