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Forest Lakes (Kapiti Coast District)

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The 2018 population for Forest Lakes (Kapiti Coast District) is 654, with a population density of 0.17 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

Maungakotukutuku is bounded by the Waikanae River, Ngatiawa Road and the locality of Kaitawa in the north, the locality of Ōtaki Forks in the east, Waiotauru Road, Upper Hutt City and Porirua City in the south, and State Highway 1, the locality of Paraparaumu Central, Nikau Palm Road and the railway line in the west.

Name origin

The place name Maungakotukutuku means Mountain covered in Kotukutuku (tree fuschia).

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Forest Lakes (Kapiti Coast District)

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for farming and grazing. Some growth took place during the late 1800s and the post-war years. Substantial growth took place from the mid 1990s, with the population more than doubling between 1996 and 2013 as large numbers of new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Maungakotukutuku is a predominantly rural area, with land used mainly for farming and forestry.

Major features

Major features of the area include Tararua Forest Park, Kāpiti Golf Club, Raumati Escarpment Reserve, Paraparaumu Scenic Reserve, Nikau Reserve, Southward Car Museum, Whareroa Farm, Lindale Farm (Farmyard & Barn Experience), Palm Grove Christian Holiday Camp and Awa Tapu Cemetery.