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Wairarapa Coast

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Wairarapa Coast is 3,795, with a population density of 0.01 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Wairarapa Coast is located in the southern part of the North Island, about 80 kilometres north-east of the Wellington CBD. Wairarapa Coast is bounded by the localities of Nireaha-Tiraumea and Mara in the north, the Pacific Ocean in the east and south, and the localities of Kahutara, Mount Holdsworth, Waingawa, Homebush-Te Ore Ore and Kopuaranga in the west.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the 1850s, with land used mainly for farming, grazing and timber-getting. Some growth took place during the late 1800s and early 1900s, with further expansion from the post-war years into the 1970s. The population was relatively stable between 1996 and 2006, and then increased slightly from about 3,600 people in 2006 to about 3,800 in 2013.

Land use

Wairarapa Coast is a predominantly rural area, with small coastal and holiday townships at Castlepoint and Riversdale. Rural land is used largely for sheep grazing, lamb production and dairy farming, with substantial areas of forest. Wairarapa Coast encompasses a total land area of about 3,500 square kilometres.

Major features

Major features of the area include Aorangi Forest Park, Cape Palliser, Putangirua Pinnacles, Castlepoint Beach, Riversdale Beach, Stonehenge Aotearoa, Gladstone Vineyard, Fairmont Estate, Parkvale Mushrooms, Cape Palliser Lighthouse, Castlepoint Lighthouse, Carter Scenic Reserve, Castlepoint Scenic Reserve, Gladstone River Reserve, Gladstone Sport Ground and Admiral Road Lookout.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of Wairarapa Coast were the Māori people.

Included areas

Wairarapa Coast encompasses the localities of Te Wharau, Tuturumuri and Whareama.