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The 2013 population for Otamatea is 1,284, with a population density of 10.11 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Otamatea is bounded by Great North Road and the locality of Blueskin in the north, the suburb of St Johns Hill, the western edge of Lake Virginia Reserve and Babbage Place in the east, Great North Road, Montgomery Road and Sandcroft Drive in the south, and the locality of Blueskin in the west.

Name origin

Otamatea is named after Tamatea-pokai-whenau, a legendary Māori traveller.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates primarily from the late 1800s. Significant development occurred between the 1920s and 1960s. The population increased from the mid 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Otamatea is a residential and low density residential area.

Major features

A major feature of the area is Otamatea Reserve.