Taneatua is a small town in the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand's North Island. The town is located southeast of Pekatahi, a similarly small settlement; Whakatane is the nearest significantly sized town. Just to the southwest of Taneatua, the Whakatane River and Waimana Rivers meet. The Whakatane River itself flows to the west of Taneatua, while the Waimana River is south of the township.
Taneatua is officially defined as a "populated area less than a town". The 2001 New Zealand Census of Population and Dwellings found its population to be 750, a 14.7% decline since the previous census in 1996.
The Taneatua Branch railway terminates in Taneatua. Formerly considered part of the East Coast Main Trunk Railway, it is now a branch line off the main line from Hawkens Junction, northwest of Edgecumbe. The line is currently disused and mothballed.
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