About the profile areas
The 2018 population for Bay View is 2,235, with a population density of 0.77 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
Bay View is bounded by the Esk River in the north, the Pacific Ocean, Main North Road, Pukeko Place, Domain Road and the railway line in the east, the Main Outfall Channel in the south, and the Hastings District Council area in the west.
Bay View was previously known as Petane.
2018 Usual residents
hectares (29 Km2)
persons per hectare
Settlement of the area dates from the 1860s, with the township developing as a staging post and local service centre. More substantial growth took place after the earthquake of 1931, aided by improved transport and the popularity of the area as a holiday destination. The population increased gradually between 1996 and 2013 as new dwellings were added to the area.
Bay View is a rural and rural-residential area, with residential areas along the coast, and an airport in the south. Rural land is used largely for market gardening (grain and field crops) and grazing, with some viticulture.
Major features of the area include Hawke's Bay Airport, Westshore Lagoon, Northern Pond (Watchman Road Reserve), the Esk River, Westshore Wildlife Reserve, Petane War Memorial Domain, King George Hall, Crab Farm Winery, Esk Valley Estate (winery), Wishart Estate Winery and one school.