Waihou Valley-Hupara - Okaihau
About the profile areas
The 2013 population for Waihou Valley-Hupara - Okaihau is 3,984, with a population density of 0.09 persons per hectare.
Location and boundaries
Waihou Valley-Hupara - Okaihau is bounded by the localities of Mangapa-Matauri Bay and Kapiro, Pungaere Road, State Highway 10, Wakelin Road and the locality of Waitangi in the north, the localities of Haruru Falls, Paihia, Opua West and the Bay of Islands in the east, the locality of Pokere-Waihaha, Hautapu Road, State Highway 1, Waikaramu Road, Te Ahu Ahu Road, the locality of Ohaeawai and Lake Omapere in the south, and Lake Road, Imms Road, and the localities of Ngapuhi-Kaikou, Hokianga South and Hokianga North in the west.
Waihou Valley-Hupara is named from the Māori words “wai” meaning “river” and “hou” meaning “new”. Okaihau is named from the Māori words “o” meaning “a place of”, “kai” meaning “to eat or food” and “hau” meaning “wind”.
2013 Usual residents
hectares (465 Km2)
persons per hectare
European settlement dates from the 1830s, with land used mainly for farming. Growth took place from the late 1800s into the early 1900s, aided by improved access. Expansion continued during the post-war years. The population increased between 1996 and 2013 as new dwellings were added to the area.
Waihou Valley-Hupara - Okaihau is a predominantly rural area, with some growing small settlements. Land is used largely for agriculture.
Major features of the area include Bay of Islands Airport (Kerikeri), Lake Manuwai, Lake Omapere, Opua Forest, Bay Sports Grounds Waipapa, Two Ponga Park, Ake Ake Vineyard, Fat Pig Vineyard, Okaihau Hall, Waipapa Hall and several schools.