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Waikanae Park

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Waikanae Park is 1,863, with a population density of 5.70 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Waikanae Park is bounded generally by the extent of the urban area in the north, the locality of Waikanae West, Ngarara Road and Leybourne Avenue in the east, the Waikanae River in the south, and the locality of Waikanae Beach 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 1800s, with growth through to the early 1900s. Rapid development took place from the 1970s, particularly during the 1980s. The population increased slightly between 1996 and 2013 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Waikanae Park is a residential and parkland area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Waikanae Park, Jim Cooke Memorial Park, Waikanae Pool, the Waikanae River North Bank Walk and the Waikanae River.

Included areas

This small area encompasses the southern part of the locality of Waikanae Park, with the northern part being in the small area of Waikanae West - Waikanae North.