The ancient Kingdom of Tonga is Polynesia's oldest and last remaining monarchy. The Kingdom lies 3200 km northeast of Sydney and 5000 km southwest of Hawaii. Due to its position just west of the international dateline, Tonga is the first country in the world to usher in each new day. The Kingdom of Tonga comprises 171 islands which are spread across 700,000 sq km of ocean. Tongatapu, the main gateway to the islands, is served by Pacific Blue with direct flights from Auckland and Apia and connections from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne and by Air New Zealand with direct flights from Auckland, Apia and Los Angeles, by Air Pacific with direct flights from Fiji.