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The 2013 population for Otaihanga is 1,206, with a population density of 2.43 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Otaihanga is bounded by the Waikanae River in the north, the railway line in the east, Otaihanga Road and Ratanui Road in the south, and generally by Mazengarb Road, The Drive, the locality of Paraparaumu Beach North and the Tasman Sea in the west.

Name origin

The place name Otaihanga means 'Place made by the tide'.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, although population was minimal until the late 1800s. Some growth took place from the 1960s. The population increased substantially between 1996 and 2001 as large numbers of new dwellings were added to the area. The population and dwelling stock continued to increase between 2001 and 2013, although at a slower rate.

Land use

Otaihanga is a largely rural area, with growing residential areas in the north-west.

Major features

Major features of the area include Otaihanga Domain, Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve, Greendale Reserve, Waikanae River South Bank Walk, the Waikanae River and one school.