List of New Zealand urban areas by population

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This article lists urban areas of New Zealand—as defined by Statistics New Zealand—ranked by population. Only the 150 largest urban areas are listed.

Urban areas are defined by the Statistical Standard for Geographic Areas 2018 (SSGA18).

June 2021 rank Name Region June 2021 estimate[1] 2018 census[2] Growth
1 Auckland Auckland 1,463,000 1,346,091 +8.69%
2 Christchurch Canterbury 380,600 358,062 +6.29%
3 Wellington Wellington 215,900 201,786 +6.99%
4 Hamilton Waikato 178,500 160,911 +10.93%
5 Tauranga Bay of Plenty 155,200 136,713 +13.52%
6 Lower Hutt Wellington 111,800 103,545 +7.97%
7 Dunedin Otago 105,000 99,885 +5.12%
8 Palmerston North Manawatū-Whanganui 81,500 76,236 +6.90%
9 Napier Hawke's Bay 66,700 62,241 +7.16%
10 Porirua Wellington 60,500 55,218 +9.57%
11 Hibiscus Coast Auckland 60,400 53,583 +12.72%
12= Rotorua Bay of Plenty 58,400 54,204 +7.74%
12= New Plymouth Taranaki 58,400 53,988 +8.17%
14 Whangārei Northland 54,300 50,784 +6.92%
15 Nelson Nelson 51,100 48,072 +6.30%
16 Hastings Hawke's Bay 50,100 44,940 +11.48%
17 Invercargill Southland 49,900 47,625 +4.78%
18 Upper Hutt Wellington 44,600 41,301 +7.99%
19 Whanganui Manawatū-Whanganui 42,300 39,720 +6.50%
20 Gisborne Gisborne 37,300 34,527 +8.03%
21 Paraparaumu Wellington 30,600 28,701 +6.62%
22 Blenheim Marlborough 28,800 26,832 +7.33%
23 Timaru Canterbury 28,600 27,501 +4.00%
24 Pukekohe Auckland 26,900 23,901 +12.55%
25 Taupō Waikato 26,000 23,622 +10.07%
26 Rolleston Canterbury 24,700 17,532 +40.89%
27 Masterton Wellington 21,800 19,818 +10.00%
28 Cambridge Waikato 21,400 18,651 +14.74%
29 Ashburton Canterbury 20,500 19,284 +6.31%
30 Rangiora Canterbury 19,250 17,844 +7.88%
31 Levin Manawatū-Whanganui 18,800 17,670 +6.40%
32 Richmond Tasman 18,000 15,282 +17.79%
33 Feilding Manawatū-Whanganui 17,350 15,990 +8.51%
34 Whakatāne Bay of Plenty 16,700 15,795 +5.73%
35 Queenstown Otago 15,450 13,533 +14.17%
36 Havelock North Hawke's Bay 15,150 14,334 +5.69%
37 Mosgiel Otago 14,700 13,632 +7.83%
38 Tokoroa Waikato 14,300 13,572 +5.36%
39= Oamaru Otago 13,850 13,107 +5.67%
39= Waikanae Wellington 13,850 12,708 +8.99%
41 Te Awamutu Waikato 13,350 12,195 +9.47%
42 Kaiapoi Canterbury 13,050 11,847 +10.15%
43 Wānaka Otago 11,600 9,555 +21.40%
44 Hāwera Taranaki 10,150 9,792 +3.66%
45 Te Puke Bay of Plenty 9,780 8,688 +12.57%
46 Waiuku Auckland 9,680 9,171 +5.55%
47 Lincoln Canterbury 8,920 6,510 +37.02%
48 Huntly Waikato 8,760 7,905 +10.82%
49 Waiheke West Auckland 8,590 7,959 +7.93%
50 Matamata Waikato 8,570 7,806 +9.79%
51 Morrinsville Waikato 8,410 7,758 +8.40%
52 Greymouth West Coast 8,310 7,965 +4.33%
53 Motueka Tasman 8,280 8,007 +3.41%
54 Gore Southland 8,250 7,908 +4.32%
55 Kerikeri Northland 8,050 7,164 +12.37%
56 Ngāruawāhia Waikato 7,930 6,261 +26.66%
57 Kawerau Bay of Plenty 7,670 7,146 +7.33%
58= Thames Waikato 7,480 7,293 +2.56%
58= Beachlands-Pine Harbour Auckland 7,480 6,261 +19.47%
60 Waitara Taranaki 7,290 6,915 +5.42%
61 Lake Hayes Otago 6,750 4,677 +44.32%
62 Cromwell Otago 6,640 5,610 +18.36%
63 Warkworth Auckland 6,460 5,586 +15.65%
64 Whitianga Waikato 6,330 5,493 +15.24%
65 Kaitaia Northland 6,310 5,868 +7.53%
66 Stratford Taranaki 6,120 5,784 +5.81%
67 Alexandra Otago 5,970 5,475 +9.04%
68 Carterton Wellington 5,850 5,343 +9.49%
69 Waihi Waikato 5,790 5,403 +7.16%
70 Dannevirke Manawatū-Whanganui 5,700 5,505 +3.54%
71 Tuakau Waikato 5,650 5,016 +12.64%
72 Marton Manawatū-Whanganui 5,520 5,268 +4.78%
73 Katikati Bay of Plenty 5,460 5,010 +8.98%
74 Kumeū-Huapai Auckland 5,390 3,432 +57.05%
75= Ngongotahā Bay of Plenty 5,240 4,869 +7.62%
75= Ōpōtiki Bay of Plenty 5,240 4,806 +9.03%
77 Ōtaki Wellington 5,050 4,500 +12.22%
78 Pōkeno Waikato 5,030 2,517 +99.84%
79 Prebbleton Canterbury 5,020 4,515 +11.18%
80 Dargaville Northland 4,950 4,794 +3.25%
81 Wairoa Hawke's Bay 4,890 4,527 +6.96%
82 Taumarunui Manawatū-Whanganui 4,830 4,710 +2.55%
83 Kaikohe Northland 4,820 4,437 +8.63%
84 Picton Marlborough 4,790 4,500 +6.44%
85 Te Kuiti Waikato 4,720 4,572 +3.24%
86 Waipukurau Hawke's Bay 4,670 4,383 +6.55%
87 Temuka Canterbury 4,660 4,467 +4.32%
88 Te Aroha Waikato 4,650 4,551 +2.18%
89 Paeroa Waikato 4,600 4,269 +7.75%
90 Putāruru Waikato 4,580 4,314 +6.17%
91 Whangamatā Waikato 4,450 4,074 +9.23%
92= Balclutha Otago 4,280 4,110 +4.14%
92= Westport West Coast 4,280 4,392 −2.55%
94 Ōmokoroa Bay of Plenty 3,890 3,210 +21.18%
95 Pegasus Canterbury 3,810 2,637 +44.48%
96= Inglewood Taranaki 3,790 3,543 +6.97%
96= Tūrangi Waikato 3,790 3,444 +10.05%
98 Snells Beach Auckland 3,760 3,405 +10.43%
99 Raglan Waikato 3,660 3,279 +11.62%
100 Waimate Canterbury 3,610 3,456 +4.46%
101 Riverhead Auckland 3,590 2,802 +28.12%
102 Foxton Manawatū-Whanganui 3,330 3,147 +5.82%
103 Ōhope Bay of Plenty 3,290 3,177 +3.56%
104 Otorohanga Waikato 3,270 3,027 +8.03%
105 Ashhurst Manawatū-Whanganui 3,230 2,934 +10.09%
106 Helensville Auckland 3,210 2,787 +15.18%
107 Kihikihi Waikato 3,200 2,808 +13.96%
108 Woodend Canterbury 3,190 2,784 +14.58%
109 Lyttelton Canterbury 3,170 2,982 +6.30%
110 Darfield Canterbury 2,960 2,724 +8.66%
111 Te Anau Southland 2,930 2,538 +15.45%
112 Hokitika West Coast 2,910 2,892 +0.62%
113 Arrowtown Otago 2,880 2,814 +2.35%
114 One Tree Point Northland 2,870 2,208 +29.98%
115 Ruakākā Northland 2,860 2,586 +10.60%
116 Pahiatua Manawatū-Whanganui 2,820 2,682 +5.15%
117 Geraldine Canterbury 2,800 2,706 +3.47%
118 Waihi Beach-Bowentown Bay of Plenty 2,730 2,139 +27.63%
119 Greytown Wellington 2,720 2,466 +10.30%
120 Featherston Wellington 2,710 2,487 +8.97%
121 Mangawhai Heads Northland 2,670 1,995 +33.83%
122 Wakefield Tasman 2,610 2,448 +6.62%
123 Te Kauwhata Waikato 2,600 1,617 +60.79%
124 Renwick Marlborough 2,580 2,418 +6.70%
125 West Melton Canterbury 2,530 2,085 +21.34%
126 Maraetai Auckland 2,520 2,346 +7.42%
127 Clive Hawke's Bay 2,460 2,247 +9.48%
128 Winton Southland 2,450 2,337 +4.84%
129 Kaikōura Canterbury 2,420 2,223 +8.86%
130 Oxford Canterbury 2,380 2,214 +7.50%
131 Leeston Canterbury 2,370 2,208 +7.34%
132 Waipawa Hawke's Bay 2,360 2,085 +13.19%
133 Amberley Canterbury 2,310 2,067 +11.76%
134= Brightwater Tasman 2,250 2,133 +5.49%
134= Bulls Manawatu-Whanganui 2,250 1,935 +16.28%
136 Milton Otago 2,190 2,157 +1.53%
137 Wellsford Auckland 2,160 1,929 +11.98%
138 Foxton Beach Manawatu-Whanganui 2,150 1,884 +14.12%
139 Ōtaki Beach Wellington 2,110 1,818 +16.06%
140 Eltham Taranaki 2,070 1,935 +6.98%
141 Murupara Bay of Plenty 2,040 1,815 +12.40%
142 Martinborough Wellington 1,960 1,767 +10.92%
143 Methven Canterbury 1,920 1,779 +7.93%
144 Coromandel Waikato 1,890 1,743 +8.43%
145 Lake Hāwea Otago 1,880 1,200 +56.67%
146 Moerewa Northland 1,860 1,632 +13.97%
147 Paekākāriki Wellington 1,850 1,746 +5.96%
148 Bluff Southland 1,840 1,797 +2.39%
149= Edgecumbe Bay of Plenty 1,790 1,644 +8.88%
149= Taihape Manawatū-Whanganui 1,790 1,716 +4.31%

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Subnational population estimates (RC, SA2), by age and sex, at 30 June 1996-2021 (2021 boundaries)". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 22 October 2021. (regional councils); "Subnational population estimates (TA, SA2), by age and sex, at 30 June 1996-2021 (2021 boundaries)". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 22 October 2021. (territorial authorities); "Subnational population estimates (urban rural), by age and sex, at 30 June 1996-2021 (2021 boundaries)". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 22 October 2021. (urban areas)
  2. ^ "Age and sex by ethnic group (grouped total response), for census usually resident population counts, 2006, 2013, and 2018 Censuses (urban rural areas)". nzdotstat.stats.govt.nz. Retrieved 29 June 2021.