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Maruia is located in West Coast
Coordinates: 42°11′20″S 172°13′13″E / 42.18889°S 172.22028°E / -42.18889; 172.22028Coordinates: 42°11′20″S 172°13′13″E / 42.18889°S 172.22028°E / -42.18889; 172.22028
Country New Zealand
Region West Coast
District Buller District
Population (2006)
 • Total 174

Maruia is a locality in the West Coast region of New Zealand. The Shenandoah Highway (State Highway 65) passes through it. Murchison is 65 km north, the Lewis Pass is 39 km to the south-east, and Reefton is 63 km west by road. The Maruia River flows past to the west.[1][2]

The population of Maruia and its surrounds was 174 in the 2006 census, an increase of 12 from 2001.[3]

The principal activity is dairy farming. The community celebrated 100 years of settlement in the Maruia Valley in 2005.[4] The Maruia Valley inspired the environmental lobby group, the Maruia Society (later changing its name to the Ecologic Foundation) and the Maruia Mail Order Catalogue, organised by the New Zealand Nature Company.


Maruia School, a coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 9 and a roll of 14,[5] dates from 1926.[4]


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 64. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  2. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. map 150. ISBN 1-877333-20-4. 
  3. ^ Quickstats about Maruia
  4. ^ a b "Education Review Report: Maruia School". Education Review Office. June 2005. 
  5. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi - Maruia School". Ministry of Education.