Castor Bay

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Castor Bay
A World War II gun emplacement at J F Kennedy Memorial Park
A World War II gun emplacement at J F Kennedy Memorial Park
Coordinates: 36°45′43″S 174°45′58″E / 36.762°S 174.766°E / -36.762; 174.766Coordinates: 36°45′43″S 174°45′58″E / 36.762°S 174.766°E / -36.762; 174.766
CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityAuckland Council
Electoral wardNorth Shore ward
Local boardDevonport-Takapuna Local Board
 • Land144 ha (356 acres)
 (June 2021)[2]
 • Total1,700
Sunnynook Campbells Bay (Hauraki Gulf)
Forrest Hill
Castor Bay
(Hauraki Gulf)
Westlake Milford (Hauraki Gulf)

Castor Bay is a bay and suburb of the North Shore, located in Auckland which is in the North Island of New Zealand. Located between Milford and Campbells Bay, it is part of the East Coast Bays. To the east lies the islands of Rangitoto and Motutapu, which are easily visible from land. The suburb is in the North Shore ward, one of the thirteen administrative divisions of Auckland Council.

The bay itself is quite small and is well sheltered by an artificial breakwater that extends from the northern edge of the bay, running towards the south. A small bark and grass area with several large pohutukawa trees offering shelter complements the beachfront and an extended coastline stretches out to the north towards Campbells Bay.

The northern headland of Castor Bay is the site of an old Maori , Rahopara, that is believed to have been last inhabited and then abandoned in the 18th century, prior to European colonisation. Very little is known about the people who lived there but the tribe's ancient earth excavations are still visible.

A coastal artillery battery was built during World War II. Two gun emplacements and the observation post used to survey the Hauraki Gulf are still present in John F. Kennedy Park, which is accessible from Castor Bay by road (Beach Road) or by walkway (from the extended coastline to the north).


Castor Bay covers 1.44 km2 (0.56 sq mi)[1] and had an estimated population of 4,600 as of June 2021,[2] with a population density of 3,194 people per km2.

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: [4]
Castor Bay beach
Castor Bay beach on 25 April 2012

Castor Bay had a population of 4,509 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 204 people (4.7%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 393 people (9.5%) since the 2006 census. There were 1,563 households, comprising 2,184 males and 2,322 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.94 males per female. The median age was 42.0 years (compared with 37.4 years nationally), with 810 people (18.0%) aged under 15 years, 798 (17.7%) aged 15 to 29, 2,190 (48.6%) aged 30 to 64, and 708 (15.7%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 76.2% European/Pākehā, 3.9% Māori, 1.2% Pacific peoples, 21.5% Asian, and 2.9% other ethnicities. People may identify with more than one ethnicity.

The percentage of people born overseas was 39.5, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people chose not to answer the census's question about religious affiliation, 54.2% had no religion, 35.7% were Christian, 0.5% were Hindu, 1.1% were Muslim, 1.3% were Buddhist and 2.1% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 1,449 (39.2%) people had a bachelor's or higher degree, and 237 (6.4%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $46,600, compared with $31,800 nationally. 1,233 people (33.3%) earned over $70,000 compared to 17.2% nationally. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 1,899 (51.3%) people were employed full-time, 567 (15.3%) were part-time, and 105 (2.8%) were unemployed.[4]


The local primary school is Campbells Bay Primary School located on Aberdeen Road, nearby the Pupuke Golf Course. It has a roll of 839 as of March 2022.[5][6] The school opened in 1925.[7]

Local government[edit]

In 1989, Castor Bay was a part of the North Shore City. North Shore City was amalgamated into Auckland Council in November 2010.[8] Within the Auckland Council, Castor Bay is a part of the Devonport-Takapuna local government area governed by the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board. It is a part of the North Shore ward, which elects two councillors to the Auckland Council.

Notable people[edit]

Sam Hunt, one of New Zealand's most well known poets, was born in Castor Bay.


  1. ^ a b "ArcGIS Web Application". Retrieved 24 June 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Population estimate tables - NZ.Stat". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 22 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Search Result - auckland castor bay Auckland - Page 1 - New Zealand Postcode".
  4. ^ a b "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Castor Bay (123700). 2018 Census place summary: Castor Bay
  5. ^ "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 23 April 2022.
  6. ^ Education Counts: Campbells Bay School
  7. ^ "Jubilees & reunions - Campbells Bay School". Education Gazette New Zealand. 78 (11). 5 July 1999.
  8. ^ Blakeley, Roger (2015). "The planning framework for Auckland 'super city': an insider's view". Policy Quarterly. 11 (4). doi:10.26686/pq.v11i4.4572. ISSN 2324-1101.

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