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The 2018 population for Ngapuke is 1,257, with a population density of 0.02 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.

Name origin

Ngapuke is named from the Māori words “nga” meaning “the” and “puke” meaning “hills”.

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Settlement history

European settlement dates from the early 1900s when the railway line was built and several small townships were established. Land was used mainly for saw milling and grazing. The population declined between 1996 and 2001, and then was relatively stable between 2001 and 2013.

Land use

Ngapuke is a predominantly rural area. Land is used largely for sheep, cattle and deer farming and forestry.

Major features

Major features of the area include Pureora Forest Park and the Timber Trail.

Included areas

This area includes the Census area unit of Ngapuke, but excludes the Census area units of Manunui, Sunshine-Hospital Hill, Tarrangower and Taumarunui Central.