About the profile areas
The 2013 population for Tairua is 1,260, with a population density of 0.45 persons per hectare.
Tairua is named from the Māori words 'tai' meaning 'tides' and 'rua' meaning 'two'.
2013 Usual residents
hectares (28 Km2)
persons per hectare
European settlement of the area dates from the 1860s when a timber mill was built and a small township established. During the early 1900s the main land use became farming. Population was minimal until the post-war years. Rapid growth took place from the 1960s, spurred by the area becoming a popular holiday destination. The population increased marginally between 1996 and 2001 as new dwellings were added to the area, and then declined between 2001 and 2013 as dwelling occupancy rates declined.
Tairua includes a township and holiday area in the south, and rural-residential and rural areas in the north and west.
Major features of the area include Tairua Harbour, Waipapa Island, Pohutukawa Grove Recreation Reserve, Cory Park, the Tairua Ferry and one school.