New Zealand is an isolated country on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. This country in Oceania consists of two large islands (the North Island and the South Island) and several small islands. The North Island has a landscape ranging from sandy beaches, rolling landscapes and forests, to active volcanic mountains. It's considered the more mundane of the two large islands, because it's more urban and warmer. The North Island has spectacular mountains and fjords, extensive birch forests and beautiful beaches. The most important cities of New Zealand are Auckland and the capital Wellington, both located on the North Island. Of these, Auckland, although not the capital, is the largest and most mundane. Christchurch and Dunedin are the largest cities on the South Island.