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The 2013 population for Opaki-Fernridge is 1,416, with a population density of 0.30 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Opaki-Fernridge is bounded by the locality of Kopuaranga in the north, the Ruamahanga River in the east, Te Ore Ore Road, Gordon Street, the locality of Lansdowne, Manuka Street, Fifth Street, State Highway 2, Miro Street, the Wairarapa railway line, the Waipoua River, Ngaumutawa Road, Balance Street, Atkinson Street, Francis Lane, Kibblewhite Road, Upper Plain Road and Ngaumutawa Road in the south, and the Waingawa River, Upper Manaia Road, West Bush Road, Skeets Road, Evans Road and Upper Plain Road in the west.

Name origin

Opaki-Fernridge is named from Māori words meaning 'place of fine weather'.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the 1850s. Population was minimal until the late 1800s. Some growth took place during the early 1900s and the post-war years. The population increased gradually between 1996 and 2013 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Opaki-Fernridge is a rural and rural-residential area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Masterton Golf Club, Mahunga Golf Club, Matahiwi Estate Winery and several schools.