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Oban, New Zealand

Oban is the principal settlement on Stewart Island/Rakiura, the southernmost inhabited island of the New Zealand archipelago. Oban is located on Halfmoon Bay, on Paterson Inlet. It has aircraft connections with Invercargill and a ferry service to Bluff.

The settlement was named after Oban in Scotland,, due to the strong influence Scottish settlers had in the south of early colonial New Zealand.

According to the March 2001 New Zealand census, the island's permanent resident population was 387 at that time, a decrease of 30 since 1996. Approximately 80% of these live in Oban. Newer estimates put the population at around 400, and the island has received a moderate boost of commerce and some millions in government funding since tourism increased markedly after the opening of the Rakiura National Park.


Köppen-Geiger climate classification system classifies its climate as oceanic.

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