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The 2018 population for Otaihanga is 801, with a population density of 1.79 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

Ōtaki Beach is bounded by the locality of Ōtaki Forks in the north, generally by the extent of the urban area and Rangiuru Stream in the east, the Ōtaki River in the south, and the Tasman Sea in the west.

Name origin

The place name Ōtaki is derived from Te Takitaki o Hau (the place where Hau placed his staff in the ground and intoned a ritual).

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Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for farming. Growth took place during the 1920s, and then from the 1960s into the 1980s. The population was relatively stable between 1996 and 2001, and then declined slightly between 2001 and 2013, a result of few new dwellings being added to the area, and a decline in dwelling occupancy rates and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Ōtaki Beach is a residential and rural area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Ōtaki Beach, Ōtaki Beach Reserve and Stand Children's Village.

Included areas

This area encompasses the western part of the locality of Ōtaki.