Urban zones of New Zealand
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In New Zealand an urban zone is a subdivision of an urban area. As of 2008[update] there are four urban areas in New Zealand that have been divided into zones. All urban zones are in the North Island.
Auckland Urban Area
The Auckland Urban Area is divided into four urban zones: Northern Auckland, Western Auckland, Central Auckland and Southern Auckland. The Northern Auckland Zone comprises all of North Shore City and the Hibiscus Coast (an area in Rodney District including Orewa and the Whangaparaoa Peninsula). The Western Auckland zone is mostly situated within Waitakere City, but includes some semi-rural land in the vicinity of Kumeu in Rodney District. The Central Auckland Zone is the mainland part of Auckland City, and excludes the Hauraki Gulf islands. The Southern Auckland Zone consists of urban eastern Manukau City, Papakura District, and parts of Franklin District (Runciman and Whangapouri Creek).
Hamilton Urban Area
The Hamilton Urban Area is divided into three urban zones. The largest urban zone is Hamilton Urban Zone, which comprises Hamilton City and neighbouring parts of Waikato and Waipa districts. The other two urban zones are centred on the towns of Cambridge and Te Awamutu and bear their names. These urban zones are both entirely within Waipa district.
Napier-Hastings Urban Area
The twin cities of Napier and Hastings in the Hawkes Bay comprise a single urban area divided into two urban zones. Napier Urban Zone consists of Napier City, plus areas to the north and south within Hastings District. Hastings Urban Zone is entirely within Hastings District.
Wellington Urban Area
Wellington is divided into four urban zones, bearing the names of the four cities that Wellington straddles: Porirua, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt and Wellington. Each urban zone is entirely within the city of the same name. The rural areas around Wellington are excluded from each urban zone, so each zone is significantly smaller in area than its associated city council area.