New Zealand is a country located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, east of Australia. It is made up of two main islands, the North Island and the South Island, as well as several smaller islands. New Zealand has a population of about 4.9 million people and its capital and largest city is Wellington. The official languages are English and Māori and the currency is the New Zealand dollar. New Zealand is a constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state. The country is known for its beautiful landscapes, with mountains, forests, lakes, and beaches. It is also known for its rich culture and history, as well as its strong economy.