Camera last updated at: 2013-05-19 05:03:04 | This image taken at: 2012-08-11 09:36
The main road (State Highway 1) through Otaki.
State Highway 1 is the longest and most significant road in the New Zealand roading network, running the length of both main islands. It has two official designations, SH 1N in the North Island and SH 1S in the South Island but both sections appear on road maps as SH 1, and on road signs as a white Number 1 on a red shield.
Measured from north to south, SH 1 is 2047 km long, 1106 km in the North Island and 941 km in the South Island. For most of its length, it is a two-lane single carriageway, with at-grade intersections and property accesses, both in rural and urban areas. These sections have frequent passing lanes. There are sections of motorway in the vicinity of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
Otaki is a town in the Kapiti Coast District of the North Island of New Zealand, situated half way between the capital city Wellington, 70 kilometres to the southwest, and Palmerston North, 70 kilometres to the northeast. It marks the northernmost point of the Wellington Region. The town's population is 5600 (2001 Census). It is located on State Highway 1 and the North Island Main Trunk railway on their routes between Te Horo and Levin.
In the early 19th century, the area was inhabited by Maori of the Ngati Raukawa iwi who had migrated from the Kawhia area from about 1819, under the leadership of Te Rauparaha. They had supplanted the Rangit?ne and Muaupoko people. The nearby Raukawa marae is one of the points of interest of the area, along with one of the country's oldest churches, Rangiatea, which dates from 1846.
The town is sited close to the banks of the Otaki River, some 3 kilometres from its outflow into the Tasman Sea. It is divided into three main parts, Otaki Beach which is a mainly residential area, the larger and more inland Otaki township which contains shops and residential areas and along State Highway 1 near the railway station, the part known as Otaki Railway. The surrounding district is largely agricultural, with market gardens, and the economy of the town is largely based around service industries for the farming community.
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