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The 2018 population for Raetihi is 1,038, with a population density of 2.69 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

Raetihi is named from the Māori words “rae” meaning “headland” and “tihi” meaning “summit”.

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Settlement history

European settlement dates from 1893. Growth took place during the early 1900s, spurred by the timber industry and the opening of the railway line. Farming and market gardening became the main industries from the 1930s. The population declined from the 1970s, impacted by the closure of the dairy factory and the railway line. The population continued to gradually decline between 1996 and 2013, largely due to a decline in dwelling occupancy rates.

Land use

Raetihi is a township area with surrounding rural-residential land.

Major features

Major features of the area include Raetihi Showground, Theatre Royal, Raetihi Pool, Raetihi Glow Worm Grotto, Makotuku River Track and one school.