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The 2018 population for Kaikohe is 4,425, with a population density of 7.80 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

Karikari Peninsula-Maungataniwha is bounded by the Pacific Ocean and the locality of Taipa Bay-Mangonui in the north, the locality of Mangapa-Matauri Bay in the east, the locality of Hokianga North in the south, and the locality of Herekino, White Road, Puriri Block Road, Church Road, State Highway 10, Arawhata Road, the locality of Motutangi-Kareponia and Rangaunu Harbour in the west.

Name origin

Karikari Peninsula-Maungataniwha is named from the Māori words “karikari” meaning “to dig or strip off”, and “maungataniwha” meaning “mountain” and “a water monster”.

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Settlement history

European settlement dates from the 1840s, with land used largely for timber getting and sheep and cattle grazing. Growth took place during the late 1800s and early 1900s, and then again from the post-war years. The population increased between 1996 and 2001 as new dwellings were added to the area, was stable between 2001 and 2006, and then increased slightly between 2006 and 2013 as dwelling stock increased again.

Land use

Karikari Peninsula-Maungataniwha is a predominantly rural area, with several small settlements. Land is used largely for horticulture, including grape and macadamia growing and wine production, with some forestry.

Major features

Major features of the area include Mangonui Harbour, Doubtless Bay, various beaches, Peppers Carrington Resort & Golf Club, Millennium Nocturnal Park, Butler Point Whaling Museum & Butler House, Lake Ohia, Lake Rotokawau, Maungataniwhi Forest, Otangaroa Forest, Raetea Forest, Hihi Reserve, Perehipe Reserve, Waiotaraire Reserve, Butterfish Bay Estate Wines, Doubtless Bay Wine Company, Karikari Estate (Vineyard & Winery), Cape Karikari Light, Kaingaroa Hall, Karikari Hall, Lake Ohia Hall, Takahue Hall and numerous schools.