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Coromandel-Colville Community Board

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Coromandel-Colville Community Board is 2,817, with a population density of 0.05 persons per hectare.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the 1830s, although population was minimal until the 1850s when gold was discovered. Rapid growth took place during the late 1800s, spurred by timber milling and gold mining. The population decreased when these industries declined in the early 1900s. Land then became used more for farming, particularly dairy farming. Some growth took place during the 1960s and 1970s. The population was relatively stable between 1996 and 2013, a result of some new dwellings being added to the area, but a decline in dwelling occupancy rates.

Land use

Coromandel-Colville Community Board is a largely rural area, with a township near the western coast at Coromandel, and several smaller villages. Sheep and cattle grazing and fishing (including mussel farming) are the main industries, with tourism also being important.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Coromandel township, Coromandel Forest Park, Mount Moehau, various islands, Long Bay Beach, the Coromandel Harbour, Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, Coromandel Goldfield Centre and Stamper Battery, Coromandel School of Mines and Historical Museum, The Waterworks Theme Park, Coromandel Coastal Walkway, Waiau Falls, Chiltern Scenic Reserve, Taumata Wahine Scenic Reserve, Waiau Scenic Reserve, Waitati Gardens, the Auckland to Coromandel Ferry, Coromandel Airport and two schools.