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Pukerua Bay

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The 2013 population for Pukerua Bay is 1,896, with a population density of 2.31 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Pukerua Bay is bounded by the Tasman Sea in the north and west, Paekākāriki Hill and State Highway 1 in the east, and Airlie Road and Plimmerton in the south.

Name origin

Pukerua translated means 'two hills'.

Settlement history

Pukerua Bay has a long Māori and European history. European settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s. Population was minimal until the late 1800s, aided by the opening of the main trunk railway line in the 1880s. Land was used mainly for farming. Growth occurred during the 1920s and more rapid development from the 1950s into the 1970s. The population was relatively stable between 1996 and 2006, and then increased between 2006 and 2013 as new dwellings were added.

Land use

Pukerua Bay is a largely private residential area and helps to make the suburb of the same name. The residential areas are located to the north.

Major features

Major features include Pukerua Bay Shops, Pukerua Bay School (primary), Pukerua Bay Skatepark, beaches, walkways (including Ara Harakeke Walkway), reserves and heritage sites, Whenua Tapu Cemetery and Pukerua Bay railway station.