Herne Bay, New Zealand
While not quite typical of Herne Bay, the two rounded skyscrapers rising from the suburb are local landmarks
|Local authority||Auckland City|
|East||Saint Marys Bay|
|South||Ponsonby, Grey Lynn|
|West||Westmere, Coxs Bay|
Herne Bay is under the local governance of the Auckland City Council.
According to the 2006 census, Herne Bay has a population of 2,823. Its postcode is 1011. It is one of the more socioeconomically upper-class areas of Auckland.
From the 1850s onwards it became apparent that Auckland's Herne Bay was quite handy to the centre of town by a short boat trip. Herne Bay developed as an early commuter suburb and was the location of several large houses belonging to members of the professional classes. Most of these houses were readily accessible from the water.
Also located in this area on the shore of Ponsonby (between Argyle Street and the sea) was Kemp's Gardens. These were a popular pleasure resort for Auckland's people during the 1860s. The gardens were "complete with pavilion, gardens and illuminations": "A free hand was given, drinks were sold, music was provided and the least said the better". Later renamed "Cremorne Gardens" after the fashionable pleasure gardens in London, Kemp's gardens boasted a "Dancing Pavilion, ten acres of walks and sports grounds". It is remembered in the name "Cremorne Street".
In late 2008, Herne Bay became New Zealand's first "$2 million suburb", where the median house price has surpassed the $2 million mark.
The Sultan of Brunei purchased 11 properties in Herne Bay for his visit to the APEC Summit in Auckland in 1999, these were all extensively renovated, although the Sultan never actually lived in any of them. All 11 properties were sold to low profile businessman Gary Lane in 2005.
- Quickstats about Herne Bay
- Phare, Jane (21 December 2008). "NZ's first $2 million suburb". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- Phare, Jane (21 December 2008). "The man who bought the Sultan of Brunei's homes". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2007-12-24.
- A Hundred Years in Herne Bay, Marjory F.E. Adams 2001
- Herne Bay, Auckland Online –