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Levin (Māori: Taitoko) is the largest town and seat of the Horowhenua District, in the Manawatu-Wanganui region of New Zealand's North Island. It is located east of Lake Horowhenua, around 95 km north of Wellington and 50 km southwest of Palmerston North.


Taitoko (Māori)
Intersection of Queen and Oxford Streets
Intersection of Queen and Oxford Streets
Levin is located in New Zealand
Coordinates: 40°37′19″S 175°17′12″E / 40.62194°S 175.28667°E / -40.62194; 175.28667Coordinates: 40°37′19″S 175°17′12″E / 40.62194°S 175.28667°E / -40.62194; 175.28667
CountryNew Zealand
Territorial authorityHorowhenua District
WardLevin Ward
Named forWilliam Hort Levin
 • Urban
109.02 km2 (42.09 sq mi)
 (June 2018)[1]
 • Urban
 • Urban density190/km2 (500/sq mi)
Area code(s)06

The town has a population of 21,200 (June 2018),[1] making it the 22nd largest urban area in New Zealand, and third largest in Manawatu-Wanganui behind Palmerston North and Whanganui.

Levin is a service centre for the surrounding rural area, and a centre for light manufacturing.



According to June 2018 figures, the estimated resident population was 21,200.[2] Over 20% of inhabitants were listed as over the age of 65, a considerably higher percentage than the national average.[3] The town celebrated its centenary in 2006 and the bowls club celebrated theirs in 2007.

History and cultureEdit

The town was named after William Hort Levin, a director of the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company. The name is a variation of the Jewish clan Levi. It is a shibboleth – unlike the usual pronunciation of the surname, stress is placed on the second syllable of the word. However his great grandson, Peter Levin, claims his forebear would have pronounced his surname as in Levene and this pronunciation was in common use for many years and always used by the family.

Levin has three marae. Huia Marae and Matau Marae are traditional meeting grounds of the Ngāti Raukawa hapū of Ngāti Huia. Kawiu Marae and Te Huia o Raukura meeting house are a meeting place for Muaūpoko.[4][5]


Levin lies on State Highway 1, which forms the town's main street, Oxford Street. State Highway 57 forms the eastern boundary of the town, and meets State Highway 1 between Levin and the Ohau River, Wellington.

Levin is on the North Island Main Trunk with a station used by the Capital Connection long distance commuter train between Wellington and Palmerston North.[6] It is also served by 8 InterCity buses a day each way.[7]

Buses run for shoppers to Waikanae on Tuesdays and Thursdays[8] and on Fridays to Shannon, Foxton Beach, Foxton and Waitarere Beach.[9] A commuter bus runs via Foxton to Palmerston North.[8]

Lake HorowhenuaEdit

To the west of the main town lies Lake Horowhenua, which covers some 3.9 sq/km. It is currently undergoing regeneration.


Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ a b "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2018 (provisional)". Statistics New Zealand. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018. For urban areas, "Subnational population estimates (UA, AU), by age and sex, at 30 June 1996, 2001, 2006-18 (2017 boundaries)". Statistics New Zealand. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  2. ^ Statistics New Zealand Subnational Population Estimates
  3. ^ "Levin age profile, NZ Stats"
  4. ^ "Te Kāhui Māngai directory". Te Puni Kōkiri.
  5. ^ "Māori Maps". Te Potiki National Trust.
  6. ^ "Capital Connection". Great Journeys of New Zealand. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  7. ^ "Search Results". Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  8. ^ a b "Did you know Horizons Regional Council provides three public bus services in the Horowhenua District?" (PDF). 15 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Day Out in Town Bus timetable change". Retrieved 2018-08-19.

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