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.

There are two definitions (standards) of New Zealand urban areas: New Zealand Standard Areas Classification 1992 (NZSAC92) and the newer Statistical Standard for Geographic Areas 2018 (SSGA18). The figures for NZSAC92 are as of June 2018, and the figures for SSGA18 are as of June 2019. Only urban areas with a population of at least 2,000 are listed.

Per New Zealand Standard Areas Classification 1992 (NZSAC92)[1] Per Statistical Standard for Geographic Areas 2018 (SSGA18)[2]
Rank Name Region Population
1 Auckland Auckland 1,570,100
2 Wellington Wellington 418,500
3 Christchurch Canterbury 404,500
4 Hamilton Waikato 241,200
5 Tauranga Bay of Plenty 141,600
6 Napier-Hastings Hawke's Bay 134,500
7 Dunedin Otago 122,000
8 Palmerston North Manawatū-Whanganui 86,600
9 Nelson Nelson 67,500
10 Rotorua Bay of Plenty 59,500
11 Whangārei Northland 58,700
12 New Plymouth Taranaki 58,300
13 Invercargill Southland 51,200
14 Kapiti Wellington 42,700
15 Whanganui Manawatū-Whanganui 40,900
16 Gisborne Gisborne 37,200
17 Blenheim Marlborough 31,600
18 Pukekohe Auckland 31,400
19 Timaru Canterbury 29,100
20 Taupō Waikato 24,700
21 Masterton Wellington 22,200
22 Levin Manawatū-Whanganui 21,200
23 Ashburton Canterbury 20,200
24 Whakatāne Bay of Plenty 19,750
25 Rangiora Canterbury 18,300
26 Feilding Manawatū-Whanganui 16,850
27 Rolleston Canterbury 16,250
28 Queenstown Otago 15,850
29 Tokoroa Waikato 14,050
30 Oamaru Otago 13,950
31 Hāwera Taranaki 12,150
32 Gore Southland 9,910
33 Waiuku Auckland 9,780
34 Waiheke Island Auckland 9,770
35 Greymouth West Coast 9,700
36 Wanaka Otago 8,890
37 Motueka Tasman 8,450
38 Te Puke Bay of Plenty 8,350
39 Huntly Waikato 8,150
40 Matamata Waikato 7,920
41 Morrinsville Waikato 7,870
42 Kerikeri Northland 7,520
43 Thames Waikato 7,350
44 Kawerau Bay of Plenty 7,080
45 Waitara Taranaki 7,040
46 Ōtaki Wellington 6,410
47 Lincoln Canterbury 6,100
48 Kaitaia Northland 5,860
49 Stratford Taranaki 5,740
50 Alexandra Otago 5,510
51 Dannevirke Manawatū-Whanganui 5,360
52 Carterton Wellington 5,320
53 Dargaville Northland 5,180
54 Cromwell Otago 5,160
55 Waihi Waikato 5,150
56 Whitianga Waikato 5,080
57 Snells Beach Auckland 5,040
58 Marton Manawatū-Whanganui 4,950
59 Warkworth Auckland 4,890
60= Foxton Manawatū-Whanganui 4,720
60= Taumarunui Manawatū-Whanganui 4,720
62 Katikati Bay of Plenty 4,710
63 Te Kuiti Waikato 4,640
64 Kaikohe Northland 4,560
65 Paeroa Waikato 4,410
66 Temuka Canterbury 4,370
67= Picton Marlborough 4,350
67= Te Aroha Waikato 4,350
69 Ōpōtiki Bay of Plenty 4,320
70 Wairoa Hawkes Bay 4,290
71 Waipukurau Hawkes Bay 4,220
72 Putāruru Waikato 4,100
73 Balclutha Otago 3,990
74= Westport West Coast 3,960
74= Whangamatā Waikato 3,960
76 Inglewood Taranaki 3,630
77 Hokitika West Coast 3,590
78 Turangi Waikato 3,320
79 Raglan Waikato 3,310
80 Helensville Auckland 3,150
81 Woodend Canterbury 3,110
82 Arrowtown Otago 2,950
83 Waimate Canterbury 2,890
84 Otorohanga Waikato 2,750
85 Pahiatua Manawatū-Whanganui 2,570
86 Geraldine Canterbury 2,500
87 Featherston Wellington 2,480
88 Greytown Wellington 2,380
89 Winton Southland 2,370
90 Wakefield Tasman 2,360
91 Mapua Tasman 2,270
92 Darfield Canterbury 2,230
93 Waihi Beach Bay of Plenty 2,220
94 Oxford Canterbury 2,170
95 Waipawa Hawkes Bay 2,160
96 Kaikōura Canterbury 2,150
97 Te Anau Southland 2,140
98 Wellsford Auckland 2,100
99 Eltham Taranaki 2,070
100 Taipa Bay-Mangonui Northland 2,050
101 Brightwater Tasman 2,040
102 Paihia Northland 2,010
Rank Name Region Population
1 Auckland Auckland 1,440,600
2 Christchurch Canterbury 376,400
3 Wellington Wellington 212,100
4 Hamilton Waikato 172,300
5 Tauranga Bay of Plenty 146,200
6 Lower Hutt Wellington 108,800
7 Dunedin Otago 104,900
8 Palmerston North Manawatū-Whanganui 80,400
9 Napier Hawke's Bay 65,200
10 Porirua Wellington 58,400
11 Hibiscus Coast Auckland 57,400
12 Rotorua Bay of Plenty 57,300
13 New Plymouth Taranaki 56,600
14 Whangārei Northland 53,400
15 Nelson Nelson 50,600
16 Invercargill Southland 49,700
17 Hastings Hawke's Bay 47,900
18 Upper Hutt Wellington 43,400
19 Whanganui Manawatū-Whanganui 41,600
20 Gisborne Gisborne 36,500
21 Paraparaumu Wellington 29,700
22 Timaru Canterbury 28,500
23 Blenheim Marlborough 27,900
24 Pukekohe Auckland 25,600
25 Taupō Waikato 24,900
26 Masterton Wellington 20,900
27 Ashburton Canterbury 20,000
28= Cambridge Waikato 19,900
28= Rolleston Canterbury 19,900
30 Rangiora Canterbury 18,850
31 Levin Manawatū-Whanganui 18,550
32 Feilding Manawatū-Whanganui 16,750
33 Whakatāne Bay of Plenty 16,500
34 Richmond Tasman 16,300
35 Queenstown Otago 15,450
36 Havelock North Hawke's Bay 14,750
37 Mosgiel Otago 14,250
38 Tokoroa Waikato 14,150
39 Oamaru Otago 13,600
40 Waikanae Wellington 13,300
41 Te Awamutu Waikato 12,800
42 Kaiapoi Canterbury 12,500
43 Hāwera Taranaki 10,200
44 Wanaka Otago 10,950
45 Waiuku Auckland 9,530
46 Te Puke Bay of Plenty 9,310
47 Huntly Waikato 8,470
48 Waiheke West Auckland 8,360
49 Motueka Tasman 8,340
50 Greymouth West Coast 8,190
51 Morrinsville Waikato 8,170
52 Gore Southland 8,160
53 Matamata Waikato 8,100
54 Kawerau Bay of Plenty 7,600
55 Kerikeri Northland 7,590
56 Lincoln Canterbury 7,500
57 Ngāruawāhia Waikato 7,450
58 Thames Waikato 7,410
59 Waitara Taranaki 7,200
60 Beachlands-Pine Harbour Auckland 6,740
61 Kaitaia Northland 6,170
62 Cromwell Otago 6,140
63 Warkworth Auckland 6,040
64 Stratford Taranaki 5,990
65 Whitianga Waikato 5,880
66 Alexandra Otago 5,730
67 Lake Hayes Otago 5,720
68 Dannevirke Manawatū-Whanganui 5,680
69 Waihi Waikato 5,660
70 Carterton Wellington 5,630
71 Marton Manawatū-Whanganui 5,410
72 Tuakau Waikato 5,320
73 Katikati Bay of Plenty 5,300
74 Ōpōtiki Bay of Plenty 5,110
75 Ngongotahā Bay of Plenty 5,100
76 Dargaville Northland 4,950
87 Prebbleton Canterbury 4,850
78 Taumarunui Manawatū-Whanganui 4,840
79 Ōtaki Wellington 4,830
80 Wairoa Hawkes Bay 4,790
81 Te Kuiti Waikato 4,760
82 Kaikohe Northland 4,750
83 Te Aroha Waikato 4,690
84 Picton Marlborough 4,680
85 Temuka Canterbury 4,600
86 Waipukurau Hawkes Bay 4,570
87 Putāruru Waikato 4,490
88 Westport West Coast 4,460
89 Paeroa Waikato 4,440
90 Whangamatā Waikato 4,290
91 Balclutha Otago 4,200
92 Kumeū-Huapai Auckland 4,080
93 Inglewood Taranaki 3,700
94 Snells Beach Auckland 3,630
95 Turangi Waikato 3,620
96 Omokoroa Bay of Plenty 3,600
97 Waimate Canterbury 3,580
98 Raglan Waikato 3,460
99 Pōkeno Waikato 3,320
100 Ōhope Bay of Plenty 3,310
101 Foxton Manawatū-Whanganui 3,270
102 Otorohanga Waikato 3,180
103 Riverhead Auckland 3,150
104 Lyttelton Canterbury 3,130
105 Ashhurst Manawatū-Whanganui 3,060
106 Pegasus Canterbury 3,000
107 Arrowtown Otago 2,990
108 Kihikihi Waikato 2,980
109 Helensville Auckland 2,960
110 Hokitika West Coast 2,940
111 Darfield Canterbury 2,910
112 Woodend Canterbury 2,890
113 Pahiatua Manawatū-Whanganui 2,800
114 Geraldine Canterbury 2,790
115 Te Anau Southland 2,760
116 Ruakākā Northland 2,720
117 Waihi Beach-Bowentown Bay of Plenty 2,670
118 Greytown Wellington 2,600
119 Featherston Wellington 2,590
120 Wakefield Tasman 2,520
121 Renwick Marlborough 2,500
122 Maraetai Auckland 2,470
123 One Tree Point Northland 2,440
124 Winton Southland 2,410
125= Kaikōura Canterbury 2,350
125= Leeston Canterbury 2,350
127= Clive Hawkes Bay 2,330
127= Oxford Canterbury 2,330
128 West Melton Canterbury 2,300
129 Te Kauwhata Waikato 2,270
130 Mangawhai Heads Northland 2,250
131 Brightwater Tasman 2,220
132 Milton Otago 2,200
133 Amberley Canterbury 2,190
134 Waipawa Hawkes Bay 2,180
135 Wellsford Auckland 2,090
136 Bulls Manawatu-Whanganui 2,070
137 Eltham Taranaki 2,020
138 Foxton Beach Manawatu-Whanganui 2,010

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2019". Statistics New Zealand. 22 October 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2020. For urban areas, "Subnational population estimates (UA, AU), by age and sex, at 30 June 1996, 2001, 2006–18 (2017 boundaries)". Statistics New Zealand. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Population estimate tables - NZ.Stat". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 24 September 2020.