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The 2013 population for Ōtaki is 4,158, with a population density of 3.27 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Ōtaki is bounded by the locality of Ōtaki Forks in the north and north-east, Rahui Road in the south-east, the Ōtaki River and the locality of Ōtaki Forks in the south, and the Tasman Sea in the west.

Name origin

The place name Ōtaki is derived from Te Takitaki o Hau (the place where Hau placed his staff in the ground and intoned a ritual).

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the 1830s, with land used mainly for farming. Growth occurred during the late 1800s and early 1900s, spurred by the opening of the railway line. Rapid development took place from the late 1960s into the 1980s. The population was relatively stable between 1996 and 2006, and then increased between 2006 and 2013 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Ōtaki is a township area (residential, commercial and industrial land use), with some surrounding rural areas. Rural land is used largely for market gardening, dairy farming, sheep grazing and poultry farming.

Major features

Major features of the area include Ōtaki Racecourse, Te Wananga O Raukawa (Ōtaki Campus), Ōtaki Museum, Aotaki Street Reserve, Centennial Park, Haruatai Park, Matai Street Reserve, Ōtaki Domain, the Ōtaki River and several schools.

Included areas

This area encompasses the eastern part of the locality of Ōtaki, with the western part being in the Ōtaki Beach small area.

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