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Country New Zealand
Region Canterbury
Territorial authority Waimakariri District
  • Oxford-Ohoka Ward
  • Kaiapoi-Woodend Ward
Electorates Waimakariri
Te Tai Tonga (Maori electorate)
 • Total 30.17 km2 (11.65 sq mi)
 (June 2021)
 • Total 1,500
 • Density 49.7/km2 (129/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+12 (NZST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+13 (NZDT)
Area code(s) 03
Local iwi Ngāi Tahu

Clarkville is a small rural town in the Waimakariri District, New Zealand. As of June 2021, Clarkville had a population of 1,500.


Clarkville was originally known as Kaiapoi Island, because it was in between two equally large branches of the Waimakariri River. This led to the area being flooded often by the unpredictable Waimakariri River. In the 1860s, farmers cut a new course for the river and choked the north branch, rendering it just a stream, known today as Silverstream, of which the Silverstream Estate (where Mitre 10 Dream Home 2013 was located) was named after. In 1880, the name was changed to Clarkville, in honour of Joseph Clark, who donated land for the local school.
In 1919, The Clarkville Hall Association, Incorporated, erected a community hall. It is called the Clarkville Peace Hall, and still stands today, along with an enlargement in 1970. The original constitution of the Association (valid until 2011) can be found here.


The Clarkville statistical area covers 30.17 km2 (11.65 sq mi). It had an estimated population of 1,500 as of June 2021, with a population density of 50 people per km2.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1901 253 —    
2006 1,122 +1.43%
2013 1,320 +2.35%
2018 1,401 +1.20%

Clarkville had a population of 1,401 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 81 people (6.1%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 279 people (24.9%) since the 2006 census. There were 471 households. There were 723 males and 675 females, giving a sex ratio of 1.07 males per female. The median age was 46.1 years (compared with 37.4 years nationally), with 264 people (18.8%) aged under 15 years, 225 (16.1%) aged 15 to 29, 681 (48.6%) aged 30 to 64, and 231 (16.5%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 92.9% European/Pākehā, 7.9% Māori, 1.3% Pacific peoples, 3.2% Asian, and 1.5% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 14.1%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 52.2% had no religion, 39.2% were Christian, 0.2% were Muslim, 0.6% were Buddhist and 0.9% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 222 (19.5%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 171 (15.0%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $40,900, compared with $31,800 nationally. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 591 (52.0%) people were employed full-time, 243 (21.4%) were part-time, and 24 (2.1%) were unemployed.


The average temperature in summer is 16.6 °C, and in winter is 6.4 °C.

Month Normal temperature
January 17.2 °C
February 16.7 °C
March 15.2 °C
April 12.2 °C
May 8.8 °C
June 6.2 °C
July 5.8 °C
August 7.1 °C
September 9.4 °C
October 11.8 °C
November 13.9 °C
December 15.9 °C


Clarkville School is Clarkville's only school, and was established in 1874. It is a decile 9 state co-educational full primary, with 215 students (as of July 2016).

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