|• Total||1,560 (2,013)|
The 2013 New Zealand census gave its usually resident population as 1,560, consisting of 786 males and 774 females, representing a decline of 10.4% or 186 people since the 1996 census. However, this figure covers not only the Mangatainoka township, but also the rural area on all sides of Pahiatua, and this includes other small settlements that are not part of Mangatainoka proper.
The community facilities include a school, golf course opposite the brewery on the north side of the river known as the Pahiatua Golf Club. There was a railway station (now closed) over the road from the golf club on the Wairarapa Line.
Mangatainoka is home to the nationally famous Tui Brewery which provides brewery tours, lunches and a garden bar open late morning until late afternoon.
The railway was opened to Mangatainoka in August 1897 and the settlement was briefly the terminus of the Wairarapa Line until the final section to a junction with the Palmerston North–Gisborne Line in Woodville was opened on 11 December 1897. Passenger train services were originally provided by the Napier Express until it was re-routed via the former Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company's western line through the Kapiti Coast and Horowhenua in early 1909. It was replaced by the Wairarapa Mail, which served Mangatainoka until 1948, when it was fully replaced by the NZR RM Wairarapa class railcars that had begun operating some services in 1936. Standard and 88 seater class railcars also operated to Mangatainoka, especially after the Wairarapa railcars were withdrawn in the wake of the Rimutaka Incline's 1955 closure. Carriage trains through Mangatainoka were reintroduced in 1964 but did not fully replace the railcars until 1977. As roads in the area improved through the 1980s, passenger numbers declined and all services north of Masterton ceased on 29 July 1988. Since this time, only freight trains have regularly operated through Mangatainoka; passenger services have been limited to occasional excursions, typically organised by enthusiast societies.
- Map showing the extent of the statistical Mangatainoka area Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
- Mangatainoka School
- Pahiatua Golf Club at Mangatainoka
- Churchman & Hurst 2001, p. 160.
- J. D. Mahoney, Kings of the Iron Road: Steam Passenger Trains of New Zealand (Palmerston North: Dunmore Press, 1982), pg. 51.
- Mahoney, Kings of the Iron Road, pp. 81-86.
- Churchman & Hurst 2001, p. 161-2.