A map of New Zealand showing regional and district boundaries

Regions and districts of New Zealand (note incorrect spelling of "Hawke's Bay").

A district in New Zealand is a territorial authority area governed by a district council as a second-tier local government unit. Most were formed as a result of local government reforms in 1989. A few existed before then but were changed in 1989.


There are currently 53 districts:[1]

  • The Tasman, Marlborough and Gisborne Districts are governed by councils that are unitary authorities.
  • Kaikoura District was transferred from the Nelson-Marlborough Region to the Canterbury Region in 1992.
  • Banks Peninsula District became part of Christchurch as a result of 2005 referendum.
  • Franklin District, Papakura District and Rodney District no longer exist as of 2010. They became part of other districts and Auckland Region.

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