The administrative area of New Zealand as defined in the New Zealand Official Yearbook (see especially the edition of 1961) comprises the groups of islands classified as follows:
|(a)||Exclusive of Island Territories:||Square Miles|
|Uninhabited (areas in parentheses):
Three Kings (3); Snares (1); Solander (½); Antipodes (24); Bounty (½); Auckland (234)
|Total New Zealand area, exclusive of Island Territories||103,736|
|(b)||The Island Territories:|
|Cook Group (Southern, 78; Northern, 12)||90|
|Total Island Territories area||194|
In addition New Zealand also administers the Ross Dependency which is a sector of Antarctica between 160°E longitude and 150w longitude, and south of 60°s latitude. The land area within this sector is estimated to be 160,000 sq. miles.
Within the area of the main North and South Islands are included such islands as lie immediately offshore; for example, the Great Barrier and D'Urville Islands. Surrounding the main islands is an extensive submarine platform on which the various minor islands stand. New Zealand proper (that is, excluding the Island Territories and the Ross Dependency) may then be said to lie approximately between 30° and 53°s latitude, and 162°E longitude and 173°w longitude.
by George Jobberns, C.B.E., M.A., D.SC., Emeritus Professor of Geography, University of Canterbury.