Browns Bay, New Zealand

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Browns Bay
Browns Bay and the beach from above.
Browns Bay and the beach from above.
Coordinates: 36°42′55″S 174°45′00″E / 36.7152°S 174.7500°E / -36.7152; 174.7500Coordinates: 36°42′55″S 174°45′00″E / 36.7152°S 174.7500°E / -36.7152; 174.7500
CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityAuckland Council
Electoral wardAlbany ward
Local boardHibiscus and Bays
 • Land319 ha (788 acres)
 (June 2021)[2]
 • Total10,550
Torbay Heights Waiake (Hauraki Gulf)
Browns Bay
(Hauraki Gulf)
Murrays Bay Rothesay Bay (Hauraki Gulf)

Browns Bay is one of the most northernmost suburbs in the contiguous Auckland metropolitan area, located in the North Shore. It is located in the East Coast Bays area, a string of small suburbs that form the northernmost part of the North Shore of Auckland.

Browns Bay is under the local governance of the Auckland Council, and is located in the Albany ward, one of thirteen administrative areas in the council.

The population was estimated to be 10,550 as of June 2021.[2]


Peter Brown, after whom the bay is named, bought 136 acres (55 ha) of bush and scrub there in 1876.[3] He built his house on what is now the corner of Clyde Road and Anzac Road. This house was destroyed by fire in 1930. He also built a manager's residence in 1886 overlooking his land (now Freyberg Park) at 33 Glencoe Road. This house still exists and is believed to be the oldest existing house in East Coast Bays.[citation needed]


Browns Bay covers 3.19 km2 (1.23 sq mi)[1] and had an estimated population of 10,550 as of June 2021,[2] with a population density of 3,307 people per km2.

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: [4]
Browns Bay beach.

Browns Bay had a population of 9,996 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 567 people (6.0%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 1,206 people (13.7%) since the 2006 census. There were 3,417 households, comprising 4,923 males and 5,073 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.97 males per female, with 1,818 people (18.2%) aged under 15 years, 1,986 (19.9%) aged 15 to 29, 4,806 (48.1%) aged 30 to 64, and 1,386 (13.9%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 68.6% European/Pākehā, 4.9% Māori, 1.8% Pacific peoples, 27.6% Asian, and 3.8% other ethnicities. People may identify with more than one ethnicity.

The percentage of people born overseas was 52.7, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people chose not to answer the census's question about religious affiliation, 53.9% had no religion, 34.8% were Christian, 0.1% had Māori religious beliefs, 0.8% were Hindu, 0.8% were Muslim, 1.6% were Buddhist and 1.7% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 2,556 (31.3%) people had a bachelor's or higher degree, and 744 (9.1%) people had no formal qualifications. 1,875 people (22.9%) earned over $70,000 compared to 17.2% nationally. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 4,209 (51.5%) people were employed full-time, 1,224 (15.0%) were part-time, and 321 (3.9%) were unemployed.[4]

Individual statistical areas
Name Area (km2) Population Density (per km2) Households Median age Median income
Browns Bay Central 1.18 2,844 2,410 1,146 44.4 years $37,000[5]
Browns Bay South West 1.15 4,221 3,670 1,335 35.7 years $36,900[6]
Browns Bay South East 0.86 2,931 3,408 936 38.0 years $35,800[7]
New Zealand 37.4 years $31,800
Browns Bay beach at sunset


Browns Bay School is a contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a roll of 618 students as at July 2022.[8][9] The school was established in 1888.[10]

The Corelli International Academic School of the Arts was a private composite (years 1-13) school which ran specialist programs in visual arts, music, drama and dance as well as the general curriculum. It went into receivership in 2016.[11]

Sport and recreation[edit]

The East Coast Bays Barracudas rugby league club is based in Browns Bay.


The Browns Bay Magazine is run by the local business association.

  1. ^ a b "ArcGIS Web Application". Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  2. ^ a b c "Population estimate tables - NZ.Stat". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 22 October 2021.
  3. ^ Verran, David. "Our history, East Coast Bays (Part one)". Albany & East Coast Bays News. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Browns Bay Central (118300), Browns Bay South West (118200) and Browns Bay South East (118700).
  5. ^ 2018 Census place summary: Browns Bay Central
  6. ^ 2018 Census place summary: Browns Bay South West
  7. ^ 2018 Census place summary: Browns Bay South East
  8. ^ "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 19 August 2022.
  9. ^ Education Counts: Browns Bay School
  10. ^ "Browns Bay School". Retrieved 11 January 2009.
  11. ^ Dougan, Patrice (22 April 2016). "Prestigious school in receivership". New Zealand Herald.

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