Aotea Harbour is a settlement and smallest of three large natural inlets in the Tasman Sea coast of the Waikato region of New Zealand's North Island. It is located between Raglan Harbour to the north and Kawhia Harbour to the south, 30 kilometres southwest of Hamilton.
Aotea Harbour and Taranaki (150km away faint towards right) from Houchens Rd, Te Mata
|Coordinates: 37°59′S 174°51′E|
|• Total||1,896 (2,013)|
|River sources||Pakoka River|
|Ocean/sea sources||Tasman Sea|
|Basin countries||New Zealand|
|Max. length||6 km (3.7 mi)|
|Max. width||6 km (3.7 mi)|
|Surface area||31.9 km2 (12.3 sq mi)|
Aotea Harbour is a drowned valley system following the post glacial Aranuian sea level rise of over 100m in the last 14,000 years, but its level may also be influenced by the Makomako and Te Maari faults. It has a high-tide area of 32 km2 (12 sq mi) and a low-tide area of 6 km2 (2.3 sq mi).
54% of the area around the harbour is in sheep and beef grazing. Since 1850 native forest cover has declined from 98% to 28%, about 18% managed by the Department of Conservation.
Several Waikato Tainui marae are located around Aotea Harbour. Te Tihi o Moerangi Marae and meeting house are affiliated with Ngāti Mahuta and Ngāti Te Weehi. Mōtakotako or Taruke Marae and Te Ōhākī a Mahuta meeting house are affiliated with Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Te Weehi and Tainui Hapū. Te Papatapu or Te Wehi Marae and Pare Whakarukuruku meeting house are affiliated with Ngāti Mahuta and Ngāti Te Weehi.
The meshblocks around the edge of the harbour had these census results -
|Year||Population||Households||Median age||Median income|
|992702 Lake Parangi|
|0992701 Aotea village|
|862000 Te Papatapu|
|Total harbour edge meshblocks||national median $|
The harbour has few roads giving access to it. Aotea village and Okapu have a road linked to SH31, near Kawhia. A gravel road links SH31 to Makomako. Just north of Makomako, at Maari Stream, two roads link to Te Mata; Te Papatapu Rd follows the edge of the harbour for over 2 km (1.2 mi). Kawhia Rd runs east via Lake Disappear and Waireinga/Bridal Veil Falls. Phillips Rd branches from Te Papatapu Rd, giving access to some areas north of the harbour.
The roads were metalled in the 1930s.
From 1938 to 1952 public buses linked Kawhia and Raglan.
Makomako School was just above the junction of Makomako Road and the Te Mata-Kawhia Road. It was open from 26 October 1925 (with an initial roll of 31 girls and 16 boys) to 1981, or 1983. Makomako and the area north of it are now in the catchment area for Te Mata School, though the school buses only reach to Te Papatapu Road.
From 1899 to 1904 there was a school at Raoraokauere mission station.
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- history, geology, flora, fauna, environment and planning
- 1:50,000 map
- 1864 1:700,000 geology map
- 1925 1:63,360 geology maps - north and south (to enlarge follow the 'original record' link)
- Landcare Research map of original vegetation, etc.
- vegetation around the edge of the harbour
- archaeology map
- large pa site with photos
- 1854 direction for ships finding the harbour
- water quality
- beachcare group planting
- toxic elements are low
- 2,635ha farm northwest of harbour