The Rodney District can be divided into three sub-areas:
- The south-western part of the District includes the communities of Helensville and Kumeu/Huapai in addition to the smaller settlements of Riverhead and Waimauku. Because of its proximity to Auckland, lifestyle blocks are very popular here but horticulture, winemaking and forestry are also important to the local economy. The Kaipara Harbour is the largest enclosed harbour in the southern hemisphere.
- Historically, the Hibiscus Coast grew up as a retirement area and as a holiday "playground" for Aucklanders. The many beautiful and safe beaches on the Coast are a big attraction. At Gulf Harbour on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, there is a 969 berth marina and an international golf course. The Hibiscus Coast is now an established and sought after urban area with a population of 28,390, but it still has a higher than "normal" proportion of retired folk living within it.
Because this part of the District is within commuting distance of Auckland and the burgeoning North Shore, it is continuing to develop rapidly. (Nearly half the workforce travel out of the District to their places of employment daily.) However, the Council is determined to keep the Coast separate from the North Shore by maintaining a "green belt" of rural land within which "lifestyle blocks" continue to be in popular demand.
- The northern part of the District contains the Warkworth, Wellsford and Snells/Algies communities and there are a number of smaller coastal and inland settlements. Lifestyle blocks, retirement housing and holiday baches are features of the north but primary production (including dairying) is still very significant, and forestry occupies about 29,579 hectares.
Rodney District Council
Safer Rodney Community Council