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About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Adventure is 1,356, with a population density of 3.45 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Adventure is bounded by Paremata-Postgate and Discovery in the north, Discovery Drive and Endeavour and Resolution in the east, Lower Hutt City and Wellington City in the south, and Waitangirua in the west.

Name origin

Adventure is named after one of the ships commanded by navigator and explorer Captain James Cook. The suburb of Whitby is named after Cook's home town in Yorkshire, England and many of the suburb’s street names are nautical terms used in the era of Cook's voyages.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for farming. Population was minimal until the late 1960s. Rapid growth took place during the 1970s and early 1980s. The population declined slightly between 1996 and 2001, and then increased gradually between 2001 and 2013 as new dwellings were added to the area and dwelling occupancy rates increased.

Land use

Adventure is a residential and rural part of the suburb of Whitby which was established in 1971.

Major features

Major features of the Adventure part of Whitby include Whitby Lakes, Whitby Shopping Centre, walkways and reserves, Samuel Marsden Collegiate (private intermediate and secondary) and Adventure School (primary).