Tokelau

Tokelau Overview

Tokelau is a group of three coral atolls situated in the South Pacific Ocean about 300 miles to the north of the Samoa Islands. The islands were previously known as the Tokelau Islands and also as the Union Islands. They have a total land area of 4 square miles.

The British navigator Commodore John Byron visited Atafu in 1765. In 1889, a British protectorate was proclaimed over the three atolls, which became known as the Union Islands. They were made part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Protectorate in 1916. Australia took over the administration of the Tokelau Islands in 1926, and they became a part of New Zealand in 1948.

CLIMATE

Tokelau has a tropical climate sitting just south of the equator, with an average temperature of 80°F (28°C).

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: None
POPULATION: 1,400
LANGUAGE: Tokelauan, English
CURRENCY: New Zealand Dollar
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY CODE: TK
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +690
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC -10