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Castlecliff South - Balgownie

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Castlecliff South - Balgownie is 1,482, with a population density of 2.89 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Castlecliff South - Balgownie is bounded by Mosston Road, Puriri Street and the suburb of Gonville West in the north, Heads Road and the suburb of Gonville South in the east, the Whanganui River and the locality of Marybank-Gordon Park in the south, and the Tasman Sea, Bamber Street, Polson Street and the suburb of Mosston in the west.

Name origin

Castlecliff South is named for the southern part of Castlecliff, which is thought to be named for the isolated stacks off the cliffs seen when the first European settlers arrived.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1870s, although population was minimal until the 1880s, aided by the opening of the railway line. Rapid growth took place through to the 1920s, aided by the establishment of a port and freezing works. Significant development occurred between the 1920s and 1940s. The population gradually declined from the mid 1990s, a result of little change in dwelling stock and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Castlecliff South - Balgownie is an established residential and industrial area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Castlecliff Wharf/Port of Wanganui, Wanganui Airport, Lundon Park, Castlecliff Coastal Reserve, Whanganui Riverbank Walkway, Kokohuia Wetland, the Whanganui River and two schools.