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Carterton South

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The 2018 population for Carterton South is 2,820, with a population density of 9.60 persons per hectare.


Note: This page displays the area boundaries used for the 2018 Census. In some cases, these are significantly different to the pre-2018 areas. For more on this, see the Census 2018 page.

Location and boundaries

Mount Holdsworth - Waingawa is bounded by the Masterton District and the Waingawa River in the north-east, Dakins Road, East Taratahi Road, State Highway 2, the locality of Carterton, Lincoln Road, Dalefield Road and State Highway 2 in the south, the Waiohine River in the south-west, and the Kāpiti Coast District in the west.

Name origin

Mount Holdsworth is named after Joseph Godfrey Holdsworth, one of the original surveyors of the Tararua Range. Waingawa is named from Māori words meaning 'a stream of hesitation'.

Profile areas
Carterton South

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for farming and timber-getting. Some growth took place during the late 1800s and early 1900s, with further expansion from the post-war years into the 1970s. The population increased gradually between 1996 and 2006, with greater growth between 2006 and 2013 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Mount Holdsworth - Waingawa is a predominantly rural area, with some industrial land in the north-east at Waingawa.

Major features

Major features of the area include Tararua Forest Park, Waiohine Gorge (including Swing Bridge), Mount Holdsworth, Carterton Golf Club, Carterton Cemetery, Awaiti Gardens, Daysh House Garden, Waingawa Industrial Park, Mangaterere Esplanade Reserve, Norfolk Road Esplanade Reserve, the Waingawa River and the Waiohine River.