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The 2018 population for Otaki is 3,492, with a population density of 4.12 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 Forks is bounded by the Horowhenua District Council area in the north, the Carterton District Council area and the South Wairarapa District Council area in the east, Upper Hutt City and the localities of Maungakotukutuku and Kaitawa in the south, and the locality of Te Horo, Blackburne Road, School Road, State Highway 1, Te Horo Beach Road, Harakeke Road, the Tasman Sea, the Ōtaki River, Rahui Road, the locality of Ōtaki 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 and grazing. Some growth took place during the late 1800s and early 1900s, and again from the 1960s. The population increased slightly between 1996 and 2001 as new dwellings were added to the area, and then fluctuated slightly between 2001 and 2013.

Land use

Ōtaki Forks is a rural and conservation area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Tararua Forest Park, Ōtaki Gorge, Ōtaki Golf Club and Greenwood Boulevard Reserve.