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The 2013 population for Eastbourne is 4,665, with a population density of 3.63 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Eastbourne is bounded by Marine Drive, Seaview Road and the locality of Gracefield in the north, the locality of Fernlea in the north-east, the locality of Pencarrow in the south-east and south, and Wellington Harbour in the south.

Name origin

Eastbourne is named for its location on the eastern shore of Port Nicholson.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for farming. Several small settlements were established, with many holiday homes built near the coast. Growth took place during the early 1900s, with many holiday homes becoming permanent residences. Development continued during the post-war years. The population and dwelling stock were relatively stable between 1996 and 2013.

Land use

Eastbourne is a residential and rural area, with residential areas located along the coast.

Major features

Major features of the area include East Harbour Regional Park, Bishop Park, Francis Bell Reserve, H W Shortt Recreation Reserve, Muritai Park, Whiorau Reserve, Williams Park, Days Bay Beach, Eastbourne Summer Pool, Eastbourne Community Hall, Van Helden Gallery, the Wellington-Eastbourne Ferry, Days Bay Wharf, Point Howard Wharf, Rona Bay Wharf, Seaview Wharf, various bays and several schools.