List of cities and towns in the South Island by population


This is a list of cities and towns in the South Island of New Zealand by the size of their urban area.

The populations given in the table below are provisional New Zealand usually resident populations, June 2020 estimates, and refer to the urban area defined under the Statistical Standard for Geographic Areas 2018 (SSGA) unless otherwise stated.

Cities


Urban AreaPopulationRegionTerritorial Authority
Christchurch383,200CanterburyChristchurch City Council
Dunedin106,200OtagoDunedin City Council
Invercargill50,200SouthlandInvercargill City Council
Nelson51,100NelsonNelson City Council

Towns


Population 10,000 and over

Urban AreaPopulationRegionTerritorial Authority
Ashburton20,200CanterburyAshburton District
Blenheim28,200MarlboroughMarlborough District
Kaiapoi12,850CanterburyWaimakariri District
Mosgiel14,600OtagoDunedin City
Oamaru13,700OtagoWaitaki District
Queenstown16,000OtagoQueenstown Lakes District
Rangiora19,250CanterburyWaimakariri District
Richmond17,250TasmanTasman District
Rolleston21,900CanterburySelwyn District
Timaru28,700CanterburyTimaru District
Wanaka11,550OtagoQueenstown Lakes District

† Timaru was officially a city until local government reorganisation in 1989, and as such is still frequently referred to as such.

Population 1,000 to 9,999

Urban AreaPopulationRegionTerritorial Authority
Alexandra5,790OtagoCentral Otago District
Amberley2,270CanterburyHurunui District
Arrowtown3,030OtagoQueenstown Lakes District
Balclutha4,230OtagoClutha District
Bluff1,850SouthlandInvercargill City
Brightwater2,250TasmanTasman District
Cromwell6,480OtagoCentral Otago District
Darfield2,960CanterburySelwyn District
Diamond Harbour1,630CanterburyChristchurch City
Geraldine2,800CanterburyTimaru District
Gore8,230SouthlandGore District
Greymouth8,170West CoastGrey District
Hokitika2,920West CoastWestland District
Kaikōura2,400CanterburyKaikoura District
Lake Hāwea 1,200 Otago Queenstown-Lakes District
Lake Hayes6,240OtagoQueenstown Lakes District
Leeston2,370CanterburySelwyn District
Lincoln8,130CanterburySelwyn District
Lyttelton3,170CanterburyChristchurch City
Mataura1,710SouthlandGore District
Milton2,210OtagoClutha District
Motueka8,420TasmanTasman District
Oxford2,370CanterburyWaimakariri District
Pegasus3,360CanterburyWaimakariri District
Picton4,730MarlboroughMarlborough District
Prebbleton4,970CanterburySelwyn District
Reefton900West CoastBuller District
Renwick2,530MarlboroughMarlborough District
Riverton1,700SouthlandSouthland District
Runanga1,210West CoastGrey District
Tākaka1,390TasmanTasman District
Te Anau2,940SouthlandSouthland District
Temuka4,660CanterburyTimaru District
Wakefield2,550TasmanTasman District
Waimate3,570CanterburyWaimate District
West Melton2,440CanterburySelwyn District
Westport4,380West CoastBuller District
Winton2,470SouthlandSouthland District
Woodend2,970CanterburyWaimakariri District

Major Suburbs


The following suburbs have a population of over 2,000.

Christchurch

SuburbPopulationRegionTerritorial Authority
Riccarton9,786CanterburyChristchurch City Council
Linwood9,024CanterburyChristchurch City Council
Hornby8,007CanterburyChristchurch City Council
Christchurch Central City7,653CanterburyChristchurch City Council
Shirley7,176CanterburyChristchurch City Council
Cashmere6,876CanterburyChristchurch City Council
Woolston5,733CanterburyChristchurch City Council
Sydenham5,478CanterburyChristchurch City Council
Halswell4,065CanterburyChristchurch City Council
Sumner3,978CanterburyChristchurch City Council
Belfast3,726CanterburyChristchurch City Council
New Brighton3,642CanterburyChristchurch City Council
Papanui3,543CanterburyChristchurch City Council
Merivale3,012CanterburyChristchurch City Council
Fendalton2,898CanterburyChristchurch City Council
Bishopdale2,454CanterburyChristchurch City Council
Burnside2,370CanterburyChristchurch City Council

Dunedin

SuburbPopulationRegionTerritorial Authority
Mosgiel10,497OtagoDunedin City Council
Dunedin North7,047OtagoDunedin City Council
St Kilda5,904OtagoDunedin City Council
Caversham5,058OtagoDunedin City Council
North East Valley4,413OtagoDunedin City Council
St Clair4,179OtagoDunedin City Council
Roslyn3,957OtagoDunedin City Council
Vauxhall3,918OtagoDunedin City Council
Brockville3,393OtagoDunedin City Council
Mornington3,393OtagoDunedin City Council
Wakari3,069OtagoDunedin City Council
Port Chalmers~3,000OtagoDunedin City Council
Musselburgh2,835OtagoDunedin City Council
South Dunedin2,538OtagoDunedin City Council
Andersons Bay2,532OtagoDunedin City Council
Green Island2,430OtagoDunedin City Council
City Rise2,406OtagoDunedin City Council
Pine Hill2,259OtagoDunedin City Council
Fairfield2,010OtagoDunedin City Council

‡ Mosgiel, Port Chalmers, and Green Island were officially separate towns until local government reorganisation in 1989, and are separated from Dunedin's main urban area. As such they are still frequently referred to as towns.

Invercargill

SuburbPopulationRegionTerritorial Authority
Rosedale3,855SouthlandInvercargill City Council
Gladstone-Avenal3,768SouthlandInvercargill City Council
Grasmere3,342SouthlandInvercargill City Council
Heidelberg3,078SouthlandInvercargill City Council
Newfield2,910SouthlandInvercargill City Council
Georgetown2,229SouthlandInvercargill City Council
Waikiwi2,193SouthlandInvercargill City Council

Nelson

SuburbPopulationRegionTerritorial Authority
Stoke~7,000NelsonNelson City Council
The Wood2,730NelsonNelson City Council
Maitlands2,412NelsonNelson City Council
Atawhai2,154NelsonNelson City Council
Tāhunanui~2,000NelsonNelson City Council
AnnesbrookNelsonNelson City Council
Britannia HeightsNelsonNelson City Council
Nelson SouthNelsonNelson City Council
Washington ValleyNelsonNelson City Council

Others

SuburbPopulationTownTerritorial Authority
Allenton5,172AshburtonAshburton District Council
Redwoodtown4,881BlenheimMarlborough District Council
Whitney4,005BlenheimMarlborough District Council
Witherlea3,993BlenheimMarlborough District Council
Marchwiel3,741TimaruTimaru District Council
Highfield3,408TimaruTimaru District Council
Springlands3,081BlenheimMarlborough District Council
West End2,790TimaruTimaru District Council
Tinwald2,703AshburtonAshburton District Council
Mayfield2,694BlenheimMarlborough District Council
Seaview2,505TimaruTimaru District Council
Parkside2,412TimaruTimaru District Council
Hampstead2,325AshburtonAshburton District Council
Watlington2,256TimaruTimaru District Council
Gleniti2,022TimaruTimaru District Council

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