India vs New Zealand – country comparison

The following is a comparison between India, a large country in southern Asia, and New Zealand, an island country in the Pacific Ocean.

India vs New Zealand – country comparison

Flags of India and New Zealand

Which country is larger in area, India or New Zealand?

The country of India is more than 12 times larger than New Zealand. Overall, India is the seventh largest country in the world. New Zealand does not have a very large landmass but some of its islands rank among the largest islands in the world.

  • Area of India – around 3.3 million square kilometers
  • Area of New Zealand – around 268,000 square kilometers

Which country is more populous, India or New Zealand?

India is the world’s most populated nation. New Zealand is way down on the list.

  • Population of India – around 1.43 billion (2023 estimate)
  • Population of New Zealand – around 5 million (2022)

In which country the life expectancy is higher, India or New Zealand?

The life expectancy is more in New Zealand as compared with India (as ranked by most organizations e.g. World Bank, United Nations, etc). The life expectancy in India was 67.2 in 2021 (UN data) against 82.5 in NZ.


IndiaNew Zealand
Areaaround 3.3 million square kilometersaround 268,000 square kilometers
Populationaround 1.43 billion (2023 estimate)around 5 million (2022)
Capital CityNew DelhiWellington
Largest CityMumbaiAuckland
Most spoken languageHindiEnglish
Most popular sportCricketRugby Union and Cricket
Life expectancy (UN/2021)67.282.5
Type of governmentFederal parliamentary constitutional republicUnitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
CurrencyIndian RupeeNew Zealand Dollar
Largest economic sectorService sectorService sector


IndiaNew Zealand
Highest mountainKanchenjunga (shared with Nepal) (8,586 m), K2 (in disputed region) (8,611 m)Mount Cook (Aoraki) (3,724 m)
Major riversGanga, Brahmaputra, Teesta, Godavari, Krishna, Yamuna, Indus, Kaveri, etcWaikato River, Clutha River, Whanganui River, Taieri River, Rangitīkei River, etc.
Longest riverGanga (Ganges)Waikato River
Largest islandNorth Andaman IslandSouth Island
Largest lakeVembanad LakeLake Taupō


IndiaNew Zealand
Popular places to visitTaj Mahal, Ajanta and Ellora caves, Mahabalipuram, Indian Himalayas, Western Ghats, Jaipur, Varanasi, Sarnath, Amritsar, Ahmedabad, etc.Auckland, Queenstown, Wellington, Bay Of Islands, Tongariro National Park, Napier, Fiordland National Park, etc.
Number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites423
Busiest AirportIndira Gandhi International Airport, New DelhiAuckland Airport
Taj Mahal in Agra
Taj Mahal in Agra
Lake Hāwea in New Zealand
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