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Ahaura is located in West Coast
Coordinates: 42°20′54″S 171°32′26″E / 42.34833°S 171.54056°E / -42.34833; 171.54056Coordinates: 42°20′54″S 171°32′26″E / 42.34833°S 171.54056°E / -42.34833; 171.54056
CountryNew Zealand
RegionWest Coast
DistrictGrey District
 • Total390
Local iwiNgāi Tahu

Ahaura is a town in the West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island, sited where the Ahaura River flows into the Grey River. State Highway 7 and the Stillwater - Westport railway line pass through the town. Greymouth is 34 kilometres (21 mi) to the south-west, and Reefton is 44 kilometres (27 mi) to the north-east.[1][2]

The population of the Ahaura statistical district, which covers a much larger area than the town, was 390 in the 2006 census, a decrease of 21 from 2001.[3]

European settlement of the area began with the establishment of a pastoral run near the junction of the Ahaura and Grey Rivers in 1858.[4]

At one time the town supported six hotels, two butcheries, a bakery, a blacksmith's shop, and a printing office.[5]


Awahono School – Grey Valley is a coeducational full primary (years 1–8) school with a decile rating of 4 and a roll of 119.[6] The school was formed at the beginning of 2005 from the merger of Ahaura, Moonlight, Ngahere and Totara Flat schools.[7]


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 69. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. map 148. ISBN 1-877333-20-4.
  3. ^ Quickstats about Ahaura
  4. ^ Rogers, Anna (2005). Illustrated History of the West Coast. p. 35. ISBN 0-7900-1022-4.
  5. ^ The Cyclopedia of New Zealand (1906)
  6. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi - Awahono School - Grey Valley". Ministry of Education.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "School Mergers, Closures and New Schools" (XLS). Education Counts. 2005.

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