About the profile areas
The 2013 population for Whanganui District is 42,150, with a population density of 0.18 persons per hectare.
Location and boundaries
The Wanganui District Council area is located on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand, about 200 kilometres north of Wellington and 450 kilometres south of Auckland. The Wanganui District Council area is bounded by the Ruapehu District Council area in the north, the Rangitikei District Council area in the east, the Tasman Sea in the south, and the South Taranaki and Stratford District Council areas in the west.
Wanganui is named from Māori words meaning 'big bay' or 'big harbour'. It is also known as Whanganui.
2013 Usual residents
hectares (2,373 Km2)
persons per hectare
The Wanganui District Council area is predominantly rural, with an urban area around the lower reaches of the Whanganui River. The Council area encompasses a total land area of about 2,400 square kilometres. The urban area takes up less than 1% of the total Council area, but is home to about 90% of the population. Rural land is used largely for sheep grazing, beef and dairy farming and forestry, with some horticulture and orcharding.
The Wanganui District Council area is served by State Highway 3 and State Highway 4.
The Wanganui District Council area includes the suburbs and localities of Balgownie, Bastia Hill, Blueskin, Castlecliff North, Castlecliff South, Cooks Gardens, Durie Hill, Fordell, Gonville East, Gonville South, Gonville West, Gordon Park, Kakatahi, Kowhai Park, Laird Park, Lower Aramoho, Marybank, Maxwell, Mosston, Otamatea, Putiki, Spriggens Park, Springvale East, Springvale West, St Johns Hill, Tawhero, Upper Aramoho, Wanganui Central, Wanganui Collegiate, Wembley Park and Williams Domain.