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It is the last major settlement on the main road north to the capes and bays on the peninsula.
Ahipara Bay, the southernmost part of Ninety Mile Beach, is five kilometres west of the town.
The main industries of the town are forestry and tourism.
The town has a population of 5,202 (2006 census) which makes it second largest in the FNDC area, behind Kerikeri.
The Kaitaia Mission Station was first established in 1834 by the missionaries Joseph Matthews and William Gilbert Puckey.
There were plans to extend the Okaihau Branch railway to Kaitaia and construction was undertaken in the 1920s, but with the line nearly complete to Rangiahua, a review in 1936 determined that the branch line would not be viable and construction was abandoned.
The line therefore terminated in Okaihau until it was closed on 1 November 1987. Despite the failure of the railway to reach Kaitaia, D 221, a tank steam locomotive of the NZR D class, has been on static display at Centennial Park since 1967.
Kaitaia Airport receives regular air services from Auckland.
Kaitaia has a oceanic, subtropical climate.
It is the warmest place in New Zealand.
The avocado industry flourishes around Kaitaia, with orchards dispersed throughout the immediate area.
Wine is a growing commodity. One of the largest vineyards is the Karikari Estate.
Kaitaia School, Kaitaia Intermediate and Kaitaia College are the main primary, intermediate and secondary schools for the town of Kaitaia.
The primary school has a decile rating of 1, and the others have a decile of 2.
The rolls are 277, 253, and 862 respectively.
Pompallier School is a Catholic full primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 3 and a roll of 126.
Kaitaia Abundant Life School is a Christian composite school (years 1-15) with a decile rating of 2 and a roll of 211.
It was established in 1988 as a private primary school, and extended to secondary students in 1992.
It became a state integrated school in 1996.
Oturu School is an outlying primary school serving years 1-8.
The school, north east of Kaitaia, has a decile rating of 1 and a roll of 63.
There are also Pukepoto School and Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Pukemiro located in Pukepoto to the south-west.
All these schools are coeducational.
For more information about Kaitaia see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaitaia) see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, January 2009.
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This information was correct in January 2009. E. & O.E.
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