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SH2 through the centre of Katikati
SH2 through the centre of Katikati
Katikati is located in North Island
Coordinates: 37°33′S 175°55′E / 37.550°S 175.917°E / -37.550; 175.917Coordinates: 37°33′S 175°55′E / 37.550°S 175.917°E / -37.550; 175.917
Country  New Zealand
Region Bay of Plenty
Territorial authority Western Bay of Plenty District
Ward Waihi Beach/Katikati
Population (June 2016)[1]
 • Territorial 4,530
Time zone NZST (UTC+12)
 • Summer (DST) NZDT (UTC+13)
Postcode(s) 3129

Katikati is a town in New Zealand (North Island) located on the Uretara Stream near a tidal inlet towards the northern end of Tauranga Harbour, 28 kilometres south of Waihi and 40 kilometres northwest of Tauranga. State Highway 2 passes through the town; a bypass scheduled to have begun construction in 2008[2] is on hold.


Katikati was and remains a Maori community that derived from the waka Takitimu and is affiliated with the tribal group in Tauranga, Ngati Ranginui. It was later settled in 1875 by Ulster Scots people[3] from County Tyrone in Ireland through the Orange Institution. The settlement was established by the Irishman George Vesey Stewart, who led two groups of settlers there aboard the ships Carisbrook Castle (1875) and Lady Jocelyn (1878).[4] The land upon which the town was built was confiscated from local Māori after the Land Wars and was given to the settlers by the Central Government.

The settlement was formed from two distinct groups "the settlers useful and the settlers ornamental" referring to the tenant farmers and those with wealth.[5] The settlement managed to withstand early economic problems and developed into a healthy town, based around farming and agriculture.


Katikati is known for its many murals painted on walls of commercial buildings, started in the 1990s as a project to regenerate tourist interest in the town and district, indeed the effort was recognised with the bestowal of New Zealand's 'Most Beautiful Small Town' award for towns of less than 8,000 population in 2005 by the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Society.[6]

There are hot springs three kilometres to the south of Katikati at Sapphire Springs.[7]


Middle school education is provided by Katikati College (Years 7-13).[8] Katikati Primary School (Years 1 - 6)[9] and Matahui Road School (Years 1 - 8) supply primary education.[10]

Matahui Road School is an independent primary school that was established in 1988.[11] It is governed by the Matahui Road School Charitable Trust.

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