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Oriental Bay

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Oriental Bay is 1,308, with a population density of 41.24 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Oriental Bay is bounded by the harbour in the north, the Town Belt in the east, Palliser Road, Moeller Street, McFarlane Street and Roxburgh Street in the south, and Oriental Parade and the suburb of Te Aro in the west.

Settlement history

Colonial settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for farming. Population was minimal until the 1880s. Growth took place from the late 1800s into the early 1900s. Expansion continued from the 1970s. Gentrification and redevelopment took place from the 1980s, with high-rise apartment blocks replacing many colonial houses. The population increased slightly between 2001 and 2006, and then declined slightly between 2006 and 2013, largely due to fluctuations in dwelling occupancy rates.

Land use

Oriental Bay is an established residential area.

Included areas

This small area encompasses most of the suburb of Oriental Bay, and a small part of Mt Victoria.