District Information

Westland District is located on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. The District includes the former Hokitika Borough and Westland County. The geographical extent of the District is shown on the map.

The land area of Westland District comprises approximately 11,880 km² (1,188,017 hectares). The District stretches for 440 kilometres from the Taramakau River in the north to Big Bay in the south. The western boundary is mean high water springs (MHWS) on the Tasman Coast and the eastern limit is a line running along the Main Divide of the Southern Alps/Ka Tirititi o te Moana.

The District has common boundaries with Grey, Selwyn, Hurunui, Ashburton, Mackenzie, Waitaki, Queenstown-Lakes and Southland Districts and comes within the jurisdiction of the West Coast Regional Council.


The resident population of the District at the 2006 Census was 8403 of which 3078 live in Hokitika. Other significant settlements include Fox GlacierFranz Josef Glacier/WaiauWhataroaRossHarihari and Kumara. The main potential for significant growth is in the tourism and dairy industries. Any resultant increase in population will have a positive influence on community viability and associated services.