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Regions

The resident population of the Regional Council Areas on the South Island according to official estimates.

NameStatusPopulation
Estimate
1996-06-30
Population
Estimate
2001-06-30
Population
Estimate
2006-06-30
Population
Estimate
2013-06-30
Population
Estimate
2018-06-30
Population
Estimate
2020-06-30
 
CanterburyRegional Council Area480,400496,700540,000562,900622,800645,900
MarlboroughRegional Council Area39,20040,70043,60044,70048,70050,200
NelsonRegional Council Area41,20042,90044,30048,70052,70054,600
OtagoRegional Council Area189,300188,300199,800208,800235,000245,300
SouthlandRegional Council Area99,00093,30093,20096,000100,500102,600
TasmanRegional Council Area38,80042,40045,80048,80054,00056,400
West CoastRegional Council Area33,20031,10032,10033,00032,40032,400
South Island (Te Waipounamu)Island921,100935,400998,8001,042,8001,146,2001,187,300

Contents: Settlements

The resident population of all urban areas and rural settlements on the South Island according to official estimates.

The Details icon links to further information about a selected place including its population structure (gender, age groups, age distribution, religion, country of birth, ethnic group).

Name StatusRegionPopulation
Estimate
1996-06-30
Population
Estimate
2001-06-30
Population
Estimate
2006-06-30
Population
Estimate
2013-06-30
Population
Estimate
2018-06-30
Population
Estimate
2020-06-30
 
AhauraRural SettlementWest Coast120140110100100100
AkaroaRural SettlementCanterbury680610620670770800
AlexandraSmall Urban AreaOtago4,6904,4804,9404,9205,6305,790
AllantonRural SettlementOtago220240260260310310
AmberleySmall Urban AreaCanterbury1,0501,1601,3401,6202,1102,270
Amberley BeachRural SettlementCanterbury140150140170180180
AnakiwaRural SettlementMarlborough160170190180180180
AramoanaRural SettlementOtago70809090110120
ArrowtownSmall Urban AreaOtago1,4701,7702,2602,5802,9703,030
Arthur's PassRural SettlementCanterbury907070605050
Arthurs PointSmall Urban AreaOtago2503004308601,2101,260
AshburtonMedium Urban AreaCanterbury15,65015,60016,55018,60019,85020,200
AshleyRural SettlementCanterbury290340340370410420
BalcluthaSmall Urban AreaOtago4,2804,2504,2104,0504,1904,230
BalfourRural SettlementSouthland140140140120120120
BannockburnRural SettlementOtago150180320390500580
BenharRural SettlementOtago1201201001009090
Birdling's FlatRural SettlementCanterbury80110150150200210
BlackballRural SettlementWest Coast370310320290280290
BlenheimMedium Urban AreaMarlborough21,50022,70024,20025,30027,60028,200
BluffSmall Urban AreaSouthland2,1402,0001,8501,8601,8401,850
BrightonSmall Urban AreaOtago1,5601,5201,5201,4801,5201,540
BrightwaterSmall Urban AreaTasman1,3101,5101,8801,8602,1902,250
Burnham CampRural SettlementCanterbury1,5301,2001,3501,2501,2801,290
Carters BeachRural SettlementWest Coast310280310340340340
Castle HillRural SettlementCanterbury102010502030
CaveRural SettlementCanterbury908080808080
CheviotRural SettlementCanterbury450400390380380360
ChristchurchMajor Urban AreaCanterbury315,800324,800350,300345,500372,500383,200
ClintonRural SettlementOtago360330300290300300
ClydeSmall Urban AreaOtago8508309301,0401,1801,200
CoalgateRural SettlementCanterbury190240240320350370
CollingwoodRural SettlementTasman210200220250280300
CromwellSmall Urban AreaOtago2,7602,8403,8604,5005,8406,480
CulverdenRural SettlementCanterbury350330360370360370
CustRural SettlementCanterbury280290350380400410
DarfieldSmall Urban AreaCanterbury1,5201,8302,0502,5002,8302,960
Diamond HarbourSmall Urban AreaCanterbury1,0001,1601,2601,3501,5301,630
DobsonRural SettlementWest Coast600620600580580590
DoylestonRural SettlementCanterbury180210250330330340
DunedinMajor Urban AreaOtago98,50096,80098,60098,600104,200106,200
DunsandelRural SettlementCanterbury360380400460450460
DuntroonRural SettlementCanterbury1001109080100100
DuvauchelleRural SettlementCanterbury150180170220180170
EdendaleRural SettlementSouthland600600520570610600
EttrickRural SettlementOtago160160170180180180
FairlieRural SettlementCanterbury1,000870890890920910
Fox GlacierRural SettlementWest Coast190200290240260260
Franz JosefRural SettlementWest Coast210220300350500530
GeraldineSmall Urban AreaCanterbury2,3302,3102,3902,4702,7502,800
GlenavyRural SettlementCanterbury130130120210200210
GlenorchyRural SettlementOtago130160160270370380
GlentunnelRural SettlementCanterbury130120140160170180
GloriavaleRural SettlementWest Coast240300370530630650
GoreSmall Urban AreaSouthland8,4608,0107,9307,9108,1508,230
Governors BayRural SettlementCanterbury670760860850910940
GranityRural SettlementWest Coast280220190210170160
GreymouthSmall Urban AreaWest Coast8,7608,1508,4108,3208,2308,170
GrovetownRural SettlementMarlborough290320310310360380
HaastRural SettlementWest Coast606060509090
HampdenRural SettlementOtago310310300310350350
Hanmer SpringsRural SettlementCanterbury6007007508901,0301,100
HarihariRural SettlementWest Coast290270270250240260
HarwoodRural SettlementOtago230220220210230240
HavelockRural SettlementMarlborough540520540520610630
HawardenRural SettlementCanterbury220240220240250250
Hawea (Lake Hawea Village)Small Urban AreaOtago2703405708401,2701,700
Hawea FlatRural SettlementOtago110110290430570630
HerbertRural SettlementOtago120120120110100100
HindsRural SettlementCanterbury250260300300300310
HokitikaSmall Urban AreaWest Coast3,4203,1703,1503,0602,9602,920
HopeSmall Urban AreaTasman790810910920950970
HororataRural SettlementCanterbury120140170190210220
InvercargillLarge Urban AreaSouthland48,10045,30045,60046,80049,10050,200
Jack's PointRural SettlementOtago2030602501,0401,540
KaiapoiMedium Urban AreaCanterbury8,5309,83010,9009,89012,20012,850
KaikouraSmall Urban AreaCanterbury2,2902,1902,2702,0502,3002,400
KaitangataRural SettlementOtago880810830770770760
KaiteriteriRural SettlementTasman210290310360360390
KakanuiRural SettlementOtago390380380360410430
Kaka PointRural SettlementOtago260220210230230230
KaniereRural SettlementWest Coast270240300310300300
KarameaRural SettlementWest Coast470460430380360380
KaritaneRural SettlementOtago450400350370410420
KenningtonRural SettlementSouthland140120120130120120
KingstonRural SettlementOtago8070130210320360
KirweeRural SettlementCanterbury3904406508101,0001,040
KumaraRural SettlementWest Coast320330320310290290
KurowRural SettlementCanterbury440410350330380380
Lake Hayes (Lake Hayes Estate)Small Urban AreaOtago2302609102,0705,0206,240
Lake HoodRural SettlementCanterbury404080220400420
Lake Roxburgh VillageRural SettlementOtago1108070808080
LawrenceRural SettlementOtago550470440420460460
LeestonSmall Urban AreaCanterbury1,3001,2701,3701,6002,2902,370
LeithfieldRural SettlementCanterbury270340410570600600
Leithfield BeachRural SettlementCanterbury350370390420410410
Ligar BayRural SettlementTasman80140120120130130
LincolnSmall Urban AreaCanterbury2,4302,4402,9204,0506,8408,130
Little RiverRural SettlementCanterbury220260230290280290
LuggateRural SettlementOtago140160200290490600
LumsdenRural SettlementSouthland540480450430520530
LytteltonSmall Urban AreaCanterbury3,0703,0403,0902,9003,1003,170
MahenoRural SettlementOtago140120140110130130
MakikihiRural SettlementCanterbury807070809090
Malvern Hills - WhitecliffsRural SettlementCanterbury110110120160180190
ManapouriRural SettlementSouthland190220270200220240
MapuaSmall Urban AreaTasman7309901,1001,1501,2801,360
MarahauRural SettlementTasman190280190210240250
Marlborough RidgeRural SettlementMarlborough202050140180230
MatauraSmall Urban AreaSouthland1,9901,7901,6101,5601,7001,710
MethvenSmall Urban AreaCanterbury1,1301,2101,4501,7801,8601,900
MiddlemarchRural SettlementOtago210190170160160160
Milford HutsRural SettlementCanterbury506060708090
MillbrookRural SettlementOtago70608090130140
Millers FlatRural SettlementOtago120110100909090
MiltonSmall Urban AreaOtago2,2302,1302,1102,1102,2002,210
MoanaRural SettlementWest Coast1408060706070
MoerakiRural SettlementOtago140120130120110120
MosgielMedium Urban AreaOtago11,05011,20011,90012,50013,90014,600
MossburnRural SettlementSouthland220190190170180180
MotuekaSmall Urban AreaTasman6,2506,5406,8207,3108,2608,420
Mount SomersRural SettlementCanterbury120130110140150160
Mt Cook VillageRural SettlementCanterbury290250220210230230
MurchisonRural SettlementTasman510500470450480500
NasebyRural SettlementOtago110100120120120130
NelsonLarge Urban AreaNelson39,80041,30042,60046,40049,80051,100
NgakawauRural SettlementWest Coast360310240220200190
Ngakuta BayRural SettlementMarlborough407070606060
NightcapsRural SettlementSouthland410350320300310310
OamaruMedium Urban AreaOtago13,00012,35012,25012,60013,45013,700
ObanRural SettlementSouthland330300300280310320
OhaiRural SettlementSouthland530410370320270270
Okiwi BayRural SettlementMarlborough6080100807070
OmakauRural SettlementOtago280280300300350370
OmaramaRural SettlementCanterbury370280230280300310
OrariRural SettlementCanterbury130130150190170170
Otakou - Harington PointRural SettlementOtago200190170170200200
OtautauRural SettlementSouthland860780810710780790
OtematataRural SettlementCanterbury370250190190190200
OutramRural SettlementOtago650630660730790790
OwakaRural SettlementOtago410370330310320320
OxfordSmall Urban AreaCanterbury1,5301,6401,7802,0102,2802,370
PalmerstonRural SettlementOtago1,0109209309209801,000
ParaparaRural SettlementTasman901009090100100
PareoraRural SettlementCanterbury510480460440470490
PegasusSmall Urban AreaCanterbury3020201,0802,7703,360
PictonSmall Urban AreaMarlborough3,9904,0904,1604,1304,6504,730
Pisa MooringsRural SettlementOtago4060160360590750
Pleasant PointSmall Urban AreaCanterbury1,2701,2001,2201,3401,4301,460
PoharaRural SettlementTasman350370520530530550
PounaweaRural SettlementOtago707060605050
PrebbletonSmall Urban AreaCanterbury9701,0502,0802,9104,6804,970
PurakaunuiRural SettlementOtago190190200200210230
PurauRural SettlementCanterbury304060507070
QueenstownMedium Urban AreaOtago7,7008,87010,95011,90015,15016,000
Rai ValleyRural SettlementMarlborough150150140150180190
RakaiaSmall Urban AreaCanterbury9009701,0901,3101,4801,510
RanfurlyRural SettlementOtago870750720680740740
RangioraMedium Urban AreaCanterbury10,10011,20012,50015,70018,40019,250
RarangiRural SettlementMarlborough400400520590680690
ReeftonSmall Urban AreaWest Coast1,1001,0301,0001,070940900
RenwickSmall Urban AreaMarlborough1,8001,8902,0202,3202,4802,530
RichmondMedium Urban AreaTasman9,55011,45012,70013,85015,70017,250
RiversdaleRural SettlementSouthland390390430410420420
RivertonSmall Urban AreaSouthland1,8901,7201,5801,4901,6801,700
RiwakaRural SettlementTasman640650640680790810
RollestonMedium Urban AreaCanterbury1,5502,8205,21010,05018,40021,900
RossRural SettlementWest Coast390320300300290280
RotherhamRural SettlementCanterbury8090100120140150
RoxburghRural SettlementOtago750630630540600600
Ruby BayRural SettlementTasman420490560640700750
RunangaSmall Urban AreaWest Coast1,4301,3401,2601,2701,2201,210
SeddonRural SettlementMarlborough530470490500580580
SeftonRural SettlementCanterbury200210240240210220
Selwyn HutsRural SettlementCanterbury6060606090100
Sheffield and WaddingtonRural SettlementCanterbury250290260290330350
SouthbridgeRural SettlementCanterbury690740760900940960
SpencervilleRural SettlementCanterbury190300590530530520
Spring CreekRural SettlementMarlborough510540590560590610
SpringfieldRural SettlementCanterbury210220220240330360
SpringstonRural SettlementCanterbury300320380530550560
St AndrewsRural SettlementCanterbury190180180190200200
St ArnaudRural SettlementTasman709080110120130
StirlingRural SettlementOtago340320330320330340
Taieri MouthRural SettlementOtago170180180200260280
Tai TapuRural SettlementCanterbury350350340500560620
TakakaSmall Urban AreaTasman1,2501,2201,1701,2801,3801,390
TakamatuaRural SettlementCanterbury10090120140120110
TapanuiRural SettlementOtago890860750730800800
TapaweraRural SettlementTasman350320340320350350
TasmanRural SettlementTasman330310360430520560
Te AnauSmall Urban AreaSouthland1,8701,9601,9902,0402,6302,940
Tekapo (Lake Tekapo Town)Rural SettlementCanterbury300310330370590720
TemukaSmall Urban AreaCanterbury4,2404,2504,3304,4004,6004,660
The Pines BeachRural SettlementCanterbury480480510370340350
TimaruMedium Urban AreaCanterbury27,00026,60026,70027,20028,30028,700
TuamarinaRural SettlementMarlborough210220270220240240
TuatapereRural SettlementSouthland760700590570550550
TwizelSmall Urban AreaCanterbury1,2201,0401,0701,1901,5301,650
WaiauRural SettlementCanterbury280260260270260270
WaiholaRural SettlementOtago260270280360410450
WaikaiaRural SettlementSouthland90110120130140140
WaikariRural SettlementCanterbury290280260280270280
WaikouaitiSmall Urban AreaOtago1,1901,1201,1201,1501,2301,250
WaikukuRural SettlementCanterbury8090110120170170
Waikuku BeachRural SettlementCanterbury720810880940930940
WaimangaroaRural SettlementWest Coast290230230250230220
WaimateSmall Urban AreaCanterbury3,5303,2903,3703,3903,5803,570
WaiparaRural SettlementCanterbury260260270280330320
WaipopoRural SettlementCanterbury807090809090
Wairau ValleyRural SettlementMarlborough140150180210240250
Waitati - Doctors PointRural SettlementOtago540510520520590620
WakefieldSmall Urban AreaTasman1,4701,6202,0502,3902,5102,550
WallacetownRural SettlementSouthland710650630700730730
WanakaSmall Urban AreaOtago2,6003,4505,2806,82010,25011,550
WardRural SettlementMarlborough1101201001108090
WarringtonRural SettlementOtago420410440460500510
West MeltonSmall Urban AreaCanterbury2303003308202,2102,440
WestportSmall Urban AreaWest Coast4,9804,5304,6204,8504,5204,380
WinchesterRural SettlementCanterbury240270270280270270
WintonSmall Urban AreaSouthland2,2402,1502,1402,2702,4002,470
WoodbourneRural SettlementMarlborough940720700420610690
WoodburyRural SettlementCanterbury706080100110110
WoodendSmall Urban AreaCanterbury1,6402,3602,7402,8502,8602,970
Woodend BeachRural SettlementCanterbury180190200260270290
WoodlandsRural SettlementSouthland310290260270290290
WyndhamRural SettlementSouthland670600540570590600

Source: Statistics New Zealand / Te Tari Tatau (web).

Explanation: Settlements in 2020 boundaries. Population estimates for 2018 and later are based on the results of the 2018 census. The 2020 figures are provisional.