Buller District

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Buller District
Territorial authority
Buller Territorial Authority.PNG
Country New Zealand
Region West Coast Region
Seat Westport
 • Mayor Garry Howard (Buller District Council)
 • Total 7,953.12 km2 (3,070.72 sq mi)
Population (June 2015 estimate)[1]
 • Total 10,350
 • Density 1.3/km2 (3.4/sq mi)
Time zone NZST (UTC+12)
 • Summer (DST) NZDT (UTC+13)
Postcode(s) Map of postcodes
Area code(s) 03
Website bullerdc.govt.nz

Buller District, one of 53 districts of New Zealand, and is within the West Coast Region. It covers Westport, Karamea, Reefton and Inangahua Junction.

Buller District overall land area is 7,953.12 km² (3,070.72 sq mi).

The district is administered by the Buller District Council with the seat in Westport, in which 45% of the district's population live.


View of Westport, the district's capital

The district has a population of 9,702 at the 2006 census with 3900 living in Westport, 423 in Karamea, 159 in Inangahua Junction and 948 in Reefton. The 2011 estimate is 10,100.


It is understood by the carbon dating of Umu (ovens) that the Maori people had settled in this region some 700 years ago.

During the period, 1853 to 1876, Buller was administrated as part of the Nelson Province. After 1876 a similarly named Buller County existed in this area.

The Buller District was formed under the 1989 local government reforms through the amalgamation of the Buller County, Inangahua County and Westport Borough Councils.[2]


  1. ^ "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2015 (provisional)". Statistics New Zealand. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015.  For urban areas, "Infoshare; Group: Population Estimates - DPE; Table: Estimated Resident Population for Urban Areas, at 30 June (1996+) (Annual-Jun)". Statistics New Zealand. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Buller Heritage". Buller District Libraries. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Buller District at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 41°48′47″S 171°47′35″E / 41.813°S 171.793°E / -41.813; 171.793