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The 2013 population for Whitianga is 4,368, with a population density of 1.77 persons per hectare.

Name origin

Whitianga is named from the Māori words 'Whitianga-o-Kupe', meaning 'Kupe's crossing place'.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the 1830s, with the main industries being boat building, timber and flax milling, gold mining and gum digging. Growth took place during the late 1800s and early 1900s when dairy farming became the main industry. Substantial development occurred from the post-war years. The population increased marginally between 1996 and 2001, and then increased more substantially between 2001 and 2013 as new dwellings were added to the area, particularly from the Whitianga Waterways development.

Land use

Whitianga includes a township and holiday area, and rural-residential and rural areas in the north and west.

Major features

Major features of the area include Buffalo Beach, Mercury Bay Museum, Mercury Bay Multi-Sport Park, The Lost Spring Thermal Pools & Day Spa, Birdwood Springs Mini Putt, Whitianga Marina, Whitianga Ferry, Whitianga Airport, Hilton Park, Lyon Park and one school.