Thames-CoromandelCommunity profile
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About the profile areas

The 2018 population for Colville is 1,485, with a population density of 0.03 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

Coromandel is named after the Peninsula, which was named after HMS Coromandel which sailed into the harbour in 1820.

Profile areas

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the 1830s, although population was minimal until the 1850s when gold was discovered. Rapid growth took place during the late 1800s, spurred by timber milling and gold mining. The population decreased when these industries declined in the early 1900s. Land then became used more for farming, particularly dairy farming. Some growth took place during the 1960s. The population declined slightly between 1996 and 2001, and then was relatively stable between 2001 and 2013, a result of some new dwellings being added to the area, but a decline in the dwelling occupancy rates.

Land use

Coromandel is a township and holiday area, with surrounding rural and rural-residential areas.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Coromandel township, the Coromandel Harbour, Long Bay Beach, the Auckland to Coromandel Ferry, Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, Coromandel Goldfield Centre and Stamper Battery, Coromandel School of Mines and Historical Museum, Waitati Gardens, Taumata Wahine Scenic Reserve and one school.