Stratford, New Zealand

Stratford (Māori: Whakaahurangi) is the only town in Stratford District, and the seat of the Taranaki region, in New Zealand's North Island. It lies beneath the eastern slopes of Mount Taranaki/Egmont, approximately halfway between New Plymouth and Hāwera, near the geographic centre of the Taranaki Region. The town has a population of 6,030, making it the 62nd largest urban area in New Zealand (using the Statistical Standard for Geographic Areas 2018 (SSGA18)), and the fourth largest in Taranaki (behind New Plymouth, Hāwera and Waitara).

Stratford
Whakaahurangi (Māori)
Coordinates: 39°20′S 174°17′E
Country New Zealand
RegionTaranaki
Territorial authorityStratford District
WardUrban
Government
  MayorNeil Volzke
Area
  Minor urban area8.54 km2 (3.30 sq mi)
  District2,163.42 km2 (835.30 sq mi)
Elevation
310 m (1,020 ft)
Population
 (June 2020)[2]
  Urban
6,030
  District
9,880
  District density4.6/km2 (12/sq mi)
Postcode
4332
Area code(s)06

The Stratford District has a population of 9,880, and a land area of 2,163.35 km2 (835.27 sq mi), which is divided between the Manawatū-Whanganui region (including the settlements of Whangamōmona, Marco and Tahora, 31.87% of its land area) and the Taranaki region (68.13% of its land area).