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Many people in Aotearoa inhabit places far from the main centres. This map highlights New Zealand’s most remote areas and the communities who live there. Accounting for roads, terrain, land cover and waterways, these places have the longest travel times from a major urban area.

This map shows places with the longest travel time to a city of at least 75,000 people. These communities have between 30 permanent residents (Bruce Bay) to nearly 400 (Oban). Although some of these places are tourist destinations that attract many more visitors throughout the year, their permanent populations are as small as they are remote.

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