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Otaki Beach

About the profile areas

The 2018 population for Otaki Beach is 1,818, with a population density of 5.40 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

Paekākāriki is bounded by the locality of Raumati South in the north, State Highway 1 in the east, the railway line in the south, and the Tasman Sea in the west.

Name origin

The place name Paekākāriki means the perch of the Kakariki (parakeet).

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Otaki Beach

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for grazing. Population was minimal until the opening of the railway line in the late 1880s, when a small village developed. The area served as a major base for US Marines fighting in the Pacific Campaign during WWII. Significant development occurred from the post-war years into the 1970s. The population fluctuated slightly between 1996 and 2013, due to small changes in dwelling stock, dwelling occupancy rates and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Paekākāriki is a residential and parkland area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Queen Elizabeth Park, Wellington Tramway Museum, Steam Incorporated, Campbell Park, Paekākāriki Domain and one school.