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The 2013 population for Mangaroa is 1,695, with a population density of 0.11 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Mangaroa is bounded by the railway line, the locality of Te Marua and State Highway 2 in the north, the South Wairarapa District Council area in the east, Lower Hutt City in the south, and the localities of Pinehaven, Trentham South, Maidstone, Clouston Park and Maoribank in the west.

Name origin

Mangaroa is named from the Māori words 'manga' meaning 'stream' and 'roa' meaning 'long'.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for sheep and dairy farming, and some logging. A military camp was established at Maymorn during World War I. Some growth took place from the post-war years into the 1950s. The population increased between 1996 and 2013 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Mangaroa is a rural and rural-residential area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Rimutaka Forest Park, Pakuratahi Forest, Kartsport Wellington Raceway, the Rimutaka Rail Tunnel and one school.