'Nobody lives here': New map shows just how sparsely populated New Zealand is

Reddit Map shows how sparsely populated New Zealand is
The areas in green have no one within a kilometer square. Photo credit: ArcGIS/AndrewDc

A new map showing just how sparsely populated our country is has proven popular on Reddit, with hundreds of comments and thousands of upvotes within 24 hours.

According to the map, published on Sunday with the caption "Nobody lives here", more than 78.21 percent of New Zealand's doesn't have anyone living within 1sq km.

The sections in green on the map are non-populated, with the South Island showing a particularly sparse spread of populated zones.

'Nobody lives here': New map shows just how sparsely populated New Zealand is
Photo credit: AndrewDc/ArcGIS.com

Reddit users were quick to post fun, with one saying: "I'd quite like to see 'At least one cow or sheep within 1km' in blue on this map."

Others were more sceptical of the map's validity.

"While this is cool, I have noticed that, according to this map, no one lives on the south-east coast [Cape Palliser] of the North Island. There are multiple fishing communities along that coast."

The map comes courtesy of Andrew Douglas-Clifford, a freelance cartographer and "geographic information systems professional", based in Christchurch.

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