The New Zealand outlying islands comprise nine island groups, located in the subtropics and subantarctic, which are part of New Zealand but lie outside of the New Zealand continental shelf. Although considered as integral parts of New Zealand, seven of the nine island groups are not part of any region or district, but are instead designated as Area Outside Territorial Authority. The two exceptions are the Chatham Islands, which form a special territorial authority (island council) themselves, and the Solander Islands, which are part of the Southland Region and Southland District.
The island groups from north to south:
|Island Group (alternate name)||Area
|Highest peak (m)||Location of|
|North of the North Island|
|Kermadec Islands (Rangit?hua)||33.60||Moumoukai Peak (516)|
|Three Kings Islands (Ngamotukaraka, Manawa Tawhi)||6.85||(Great Island) (295)|
|East/south of the South Island|
|Chatham Islands (Wharekauri, Rekohu)||966.00||(Chatham Island) (299)|
|Solander Islands (Hautere)||1.20||(Solander Island) (330)|
|New Zealand subantarctic islands|
|Bounty Islands||1.35||(Funnel Island) (73)|
|The Snares (Tini Heke)||3.50||(North East Island) (130)|
|Antipodes Islands||21.00||Mount Galloway (366)|
|Auckland Islands (Motu Maha)||625.64||Mount Dick (705)|
|Campbell Islands (Motu Ihupuku)||113.31||Mount Honey (558)|
|Outlying Islands||1772.4||Mount Dick (705)|
The islands are all uninhabited except Chatham Islands.
There is a manned meteorological station on Raoul Island of the Kermadec Islands. The meteorological station on Campbell Island has been unmanned and automated since 1995. There was a meteorological station on the Auckland Islands from 1942 to 1945. The Three Kings Islands and the Auckland Islands were formerly inhabited. There have been failed settlement attempts on Raoul Island, the Antipodes Islands and the Auckland Islands. The Solander Islands have never been inhabited except by shipwrecked sailors or marooned stowaways (for the longest period, from 1808 to 1813 by five European stowaways).
Administrative divisions of the Realm of New Zealand
|Regions||11 non-unitary regions||5 unitary regions||Chatham Islands||Outlying islands outside any regional authority
(the Kermadec Islands, Three Kings Islands, and Subantarctic Islands)
|Territorial authorities||13 cities and 53 districts|
|Notes||Some districts lie in more than one region||These combine the regional and the territorial authority levels in one||Special territorial authority||The outlying Solander Islands form part of the Southland Region||New Zealand's Antarctic territory||Non-self-governing territory of New Zealand||States in free association with New Zealand|