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Transport and infrastructure in New Zealand

Our listing of the primary kinds of transport compares the infrastructure of New Zealand with the average of all countries in the Australian continent. Overall, the traffic routes are above average and in good condition.

In terms of the length of its rail network, New Zealand ranks 16th in the world with 0.81 meters per inhabitant. In total, the rail network is 4,128 kilometers long. Freight traffic on the rails most recently totaled 3.83 billion tons and kilometers traveled.

Airports in New Zealand


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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 94,000 km. For each of the country's 5.08 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 18.49 meters. This puts New Zealand in 29th place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note the country's population density, which is very low at around 19 inhabitants per km². Like this, disproportionately long distances generally have to be covered to reach the more remote parts of the country.

With an average of 377 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in New Zealand is considered relatively safe. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 8.0 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 5.9 in the European Union as a whole and 17.1 worldwide.

In New Zealand, traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road, i.e. people drive in the right-hand lane and overtake on the left. Oncoming traffic comes toward you on the left side. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.


 

New Zealand

 totalper 1 mio
inhabitants
per km²
Roadways94,000 km18,488.29 km351.13 m
Railroads4,100 km811.91 km15.42 m
Waterways0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Commercial harbors11522.620.000
Airports12324.190.459
 

Australia

 total per 1 mio
inhabitants
per km²
Roadways967,800 km31,440.82 km120.84 m
Railroads37,500 km1,217.88 km4.68 m
Waterways2,000 km64.97 km0.25 m
Commercial harbors69622.610.000
Airports54417.670.000


Data sources used

Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
UNCTAD
Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
CIA Factbook
OECD Statistics
Wikipedia (german)
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