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Waikanae Beach

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Waikanae Beach is 3,051, with a population density of 6.99 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Waikanae Beach is bounded by the locality of Peka Peka in the north, the locality of Waikanae Park in the east, the Waikanae River in the south, and the Tasman Sea in the west.

Name origin

The place name Waikanae is derived from the river of kanae (mullet) Hau saw while following Wairaka.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, although population was minimal until the late 1880s, spurred by the opening of the railway line. Growth took place from the 1920s into the 1940s as land was subdivided. Rapid development took place from the 1970s, particularly during the 1980s and early 1990s. The population continued to increase substantially between 1996 and 2006 as new dwellings were added to the area. Growth began to slow between 2006 and 2013 as fewer new dwellings were added.

Land use

Waikanae Beach is a residential and parkland area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Waikanae Golf Club, Waimeha Wildlife Refuge, Waikanae Beach, Esplanade Reserve, Victor Weggery Reserve, Waimeha Domain, Marina Lagoon, Waimanu Lagoon, Waimeha Lagoon and the Waikanae River.