Districts of New Zealand

A district in New Zealand is a territorial authority area governed by a district council as a second-tier of local government in New Zealand, below regional councils. They were formed as a result of local government reforms in 1989. There are 53 districts in New Zealand, and they do not include the 12 city councils, Auckland Council, or Chatham Islands Council. District councils serve a combination of rural and urban communities, while city councils administer the larger urban areas. Three districts (Gisborne, Tasman and Marlborough) are unitary authorities also performing the functions of a regional council.

Districts are not subdivisions of regions, and some of them fall within more than one region. Taupo District has the distinction of straddling the boundaries of four different regions. Regional council areas are based on water catchment areas, whereas district council areas are based on community of interest and road access. Regional councils are responsible for the administration of many environmental and public transport matters, while the district councils administer local roads and reserves, sewerage, building consents, the land use and subdivision aspects of resource management, and other local matters. Some activities are delegated to council-controlled organisations.

A map of New Zealand showing regional and district boundaries
Regions and districts of New Zealand


There are currently 53 districts:[1]

North IslandEdit

Bay of Plenty RegionEdit

Hawke's Bay RegionEdit

Manawatū-Whanganui RegionEdit

Northland RegionEdit

Taranaki RegionEdit

Waikato RegionEdit

Wellington RegionEdit


Unitary authoritiesEdit

South IslandEdit

Canterbury RegionEdit

Otago RegionEdit

Southland RegionEdit

West Coast RegionEdit


Unitary authoritiesEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Districts". Department of Internal Affairs. Retrieved 2 June 2011.

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