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Waimate district from the White Horse


 

 

 

Waimate District - Centre of the South is ideally halfway between Christchurch, Dunedin,  Queenstown and Mt Cook.

The Waimate District is bounded by the Waitaki River in the south, the Pareora River in the north and the Hakataramea Valley to the west.  The district with its lush paddocks and rolling hills is a productive agricultural area with a mix of pastoral, cropping, dairy farming, fruit and vegetable growing. Major industries include farming, forestry, milk processing all significant contributors to the local economy.
Waimate centre of the South
Travel Times and Distances
 
Timaru Waimate Christchurch Queenstown Dunedin Mt Cook
Waimate 35 mins
45 km
  2.5 hrs
207 km
4 hrs
273 km
2 hrs
153 km
2.5 hrs
209 km
Timaru   35 mins
45 km
2 hrs
162 km
4.5 hrs
337 km
2.5 hrs
199 km
2.5 hrs
213 km
(Times allow for short stops, but not sightseeing)

 The population of Waimate District at the 2006 census was 7,206 people. Its population ranks 68th in size out of the 73 districts in New Zealand.

Waimate has the fewest Maori people per district in New Zealand. It has an area of 3,582.19 square kilometres .A moderate climate is enjoyed in the summer and in the winter many mornings start with a frost resulting in sunny clear days.  The average rainfall is 600mm and average sunshine 1717 hours per year.

 Waimate is the main urban area and the service centre for the district.  It is situated about 10 kilometres inland and 47 metres above sea level.  The town with approximately 50 shops has an Edwardian theme with an impressive collection of early 1900's buildings lining the main street.
Main Localities  
    Glenavy
    Hakataramea
    Hook
    Hunter
    Ikawai
    Makikihi
    Morven
    Otaio
    Saint Andrews
    Studholme
    Waihao Downs
    Waihaorunga
    Waituna
    Willowbridge

Waimate is a town and part of the Waimate District in the South Island of New Zealand. It is 45.7 km south of Timaru in south Canterbury, 20 km north of the Waitaki River........WAIMATE NZ Canterbury   Lat: -44.72.....Lon: 171.05 
Rural Communities
    Arno
    Blue Cliffs
    Broad Gully
    Cattle Creek
    Cup and Saucer Junction
    Deep Creek
    Dog Kennel
    Douglas
    Elephant Hill
    Esk Valley
    Green Hills
    Gordons Valley
    Grays Corner
    Gum Tree Flat
    Hakataramea Downs
    Hakataramea Valley
    Hook
    Hook Bush
    Hunter
    Ikawai
    Kapua
    Kohika
    Kowhatu
    Lyalldale
    Maungati
    Maungatiro
    Maytown
    Norton Reserve
    Nukuroa
    Otaio
    Otaio Gorge
    Pentland Hills
    Pikes Point
    Riverview
    Springbrook
    Southburn
    Struan
    Tawai
    Te Waimate
    Uretane
    Waiariari
    Waihao Downs
    Waihao Forks
    Waihaorunga
    Waikakahi
    Waituna

Waimate is well-known locally for its population of Bennett Wallabies. These marsupials were introduced from Tasmania, Australia and now live in the wild in the countryside surrounding the town.
Community statistics as at the 2013 census

Usually resident population - 2013 Census    7,536
Usually resident population - 2006 Census    7,206
Change from 2006 to 2013 (All NZ: 5.3%)                 4.6%
Land Area km2 (not incl. inland waters or oceanic areas)    3,554
People per km2 (All NZ: 15.7)                                2.1

For people born overseas who are now living in Waimate District, the most common birthplace was England, and England is the most common birthplace for all of New Zealand.

 The unemployment rate in Waimate District is 2.8 percent for people aged 15 years and over, compared with 5.1 percent for all of New Zealand.
 The most common occupational group in Waimate District is 'Managers', and 'Professionals' is the most common occupational group in New Zealand.

Couples with children make up 39.5 percent of all families in Waimate District, while couples without children make up 51.0 percent of all families.One-family households make up 69.3 percent of all households in Waimate District. For New Zealand as a whole, one-family households make up 69.1 percent of all households.
 
Household  Access to Phones, Internet and Fax Machines in Waimate District, 2006 Census
    
    WaimateDistrict (%)    New Zealand (%)
No access                    2.1                       2.0
Cellphone                     70.0                       74.2
Telephone                     91.5                       91.6
Fax machine                  32.2                       26.0
Internet                           50.8                       60.5

The district is promoted for its heritage, and the cultural and social aspects of a rural lifestyle.  People move to Waimate for the serenity and peacefullness the area offers, and new residents are encouraged by the number of clubs and organisations which cater for almost every aspect of social and community life.  A selection of real estate attractively priced is also a major drawcard for new residents to the area.

 
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Source: Thanks to
    Census, Statistics New Zealand
    Wikipedia