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Stoke is slightly right of centre, lying between Richmond on the left and Tāhunanui under the coastal cloud on the right
Stoke is slightly right of centre, lying between Richmond on the left and Tāhunanui under the coastal cloud on the right
Country New Zealand
Region Nelson
Territorial authority Nelson
 • Total 22.25 km2 (8.59 sq mi)
 (June 2022)
 • Total 19,610
 • Density 881.3/km2 (2,282.7/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+12 (NZST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+13 (NZDT)
Area code(s) 03

Stoke is a suburb of Nelson in New Zealand, located between Richmond and Tāhunanui. Stoke was named by William Songer, the personal servant of Arthur Wakefield, after his birthplace Stoke-by-Nayland in Suffolk.

In 2010 it was voted the "Keep New Zealand Beautiful People's Choice Best Place in New Zealand".

A group of streets in Stoke, between Main Road Stoke and Nayland Road, are named after famous literary figures: Kipling, Tennyson, Keats, Shelley, Marlowe, Browning, Dickens, Homer and Coleridge.


Attractions include:

  • Isel Park - A historic park and house, which form part of the legacy left by the Marsden family of Stoke. Isel Park also contains the Isel Park research facility which is part of the Nelson Provincial Museum.
  • Monaco – a residential peninsular which juts into the Waimea estuary
  • The Stoke Hand – a sculpture outside the Stoke library.


Street names

A group of streets in Stoke have been named after famous literary figures. These streets lie between Main Road Stoke and Nayland Road, They include:

Kipling Crescent, Tennyson Crescent, Keats Crescent, Shelley Avenue, Marlowe Street, Browning Crescent, Dickens Street, Homer Street, Coleridge Place


Stoke covers 22.25 km2 (8.59 sq mi). It had an estimated population of 19610 as of June 2022, with a population density of 881 people per km2.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2006 15,183 —    
2013 16,788 +1.45%
2018 18,672 +2.15%

Stoke had a population of 18,672 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 1,884 people (11.2%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 3,489 people (23.0%) since the 2006 census. There were 7,221 households. There were 8,889 males and 9,792 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.91 males per female, with 3,237 people (17.3%) aged under 15 years, 2,991 (16.0%) aged 15 to 29, 8,088 (43.3%) aged 30 to 64, and 4,353 (23.3%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 89.7% European/Pākehā, 10.4% Māori, 2.3% Pacific peoples, 4.4% Asian, and 2.1% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 17.7%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 53.8% had no religion, 35.4% were Christian, 0.5% were Hindu, 0.1% were Muslim, 0.7% were Buddhist and 2.3% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 2,466 (16.0%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 3,393 (22.0%) people had no formal qualifications. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 6,930 (44.9%) people were employed full-time, 2,394 (15.5%) were part-time, and 396 (2.6%) were unemployed.

Individual statistical areas
Name Population Households Median age Median income
Broadgreen-Monaco 2,376 927 44.2 years $27,500
Nayland 1,899 717 38.5 years $30,300
Aldinga 3,168 1,236 51.1 years $26,500
Maitlands 2,148 867 41.5 years $31,300
Saxton 57 27 37.1 years $31,900
Suffolk 2,721 1,041 53.1 years $27,000
Omaio 3,387 1,311 44 years $26,800
Enner Glynn 2,916 1,095 41.9 years $34,600
New Zealand 37.4 years $31,800
Stoke, Stoke Main Road
Stoke Main Road


Stoke School is a co-educational state primary school for Year 1 to 6 students/ It has a roll of 199 as of February 2024.

Nelson Christian Academy is a co-educational private Christian primary school for Year 1 to 8 students. It has a roll of 296.

Local high schools include Nayland College, a state school in Nayland, and Garin College, a Catholic school in Richmond.

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