. Omata .

In the 2000s little of Omata township remained except the primary school and the tiny St John’s Church (1875), nowadays this area is becoming popular for buyers that want a bit more land than the city has to offer and is the first settlement on the surf highway travelling west from New Plymouth city.


The Omata area was the site of the Omata Stockade, built to house soldiers during tensions at the time of the First Taranaki War in 1860–61, and is near the site of the Battle of Waireka on 28 March 1860.


Omata is located on State Highway 45 just southwest of New Plymouth.

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Population: 939 in 2018 census,  540 in 2013 Census and  474 in the 2006 Census.


Average temperature 13°C
Average rainfall 1620mm

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Omata School



Omata School is a coeducational full primary (years 18) school with a decile rating of 8 and a roll of 116. In 2003, the school celebrated its 150th jubilee.