Why do we do a population study in the summer holiday period? For most of the year the population of the Thames-Coromandel District is around 27,500 people. However, the Coromandel is such a popular holiday destination over the Christmas and New Year period that our District experiences a large influx of visitors, holiday home owners and their friends and family. This causes the population to swell dramatically to well over the usually resident population. This is known as a 'peak' population. In 2016-17, we estimated the peak reached 126,298 people on 31 December 2016, with 28,050 of those people in Whangamata. The full report to Council on our peak population can be downloaded on the right of this page. It includes the staff assessment of all data captured, as well as the specific data received from Qrious (a child company of Spark), DOC and private campgrounds, water and wastewater usage data, solid waste collection data and traffic counts on the Kopu-Hikuai Road. We undertake periodic peak population studies so that information is available to monitor the impact that the summer population has on existing and future infrastructure and services including water, sewerage, roads and parks and reserves. This helps us to plan and make informed decisions regarding the services it provides. Before 2016/17, the last peak population study was in 2009/2010 over the Christmas and New Year period. Previous copies of peak population studies To obtain copies of previous documents you can: Download the PDF versions available on this website. Request a hard copy by phoning Customer Services on 07 868 0200.