Half Moon Bay, Auckland

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Half Moon Bay
Marina at Half Moon Bay, September 2018
Marina at Half Moon Bay, September 2018
CountryNew Zealand
CityAuckland Council
Electoral wardHowick Ward
Local boardHowick Local Board
 • Total8,106
Ferry terminal(s)Half Moon Bay Ferry Terminal
(Tamaki River) (Tamaki River) Bucklands Beach
(Tamaki River)
Half Moon Bay
Mellons Bay
Farm Cove Pakuranga Heights Howick, Highland Park

Half Moon Bay, an affluent coastal suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, lies immediately south of Bucklands Beach. It formed part of Manukau City until the amalgamation of the entire Auckland Region in 2010 under one governing authority, Auckland Council.

It is well known for the Half Moon Bay Marina, home to over 500 boats. It is located on the Tamaki Estuary in the Hauraki Gulf.

Half Moon Bay is the location of a long-established ferry terminal for vehicle and passenger traffic to Waiheke Island and for a regular passenger ferry service to downtown Auckland.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: [1]

Half Moon Bay West, comprising the statistical areas of Half Moon Bay West, Half Moon Bay North East and Half Moon Bay South East, had a population of 8,106 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 300 people (3.8%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 681 people (9.2%) since the 2006 census. There were 2,604 households. There were 4,074 males and 4,035 females, giving a sex ratio of 1.01 males per female, with 1,602 people (19.8%) aged under 15 years, 1,572 (19.4%) aged 15 to 29, 3,861 (47.6%) aged 30 to 64, and 1,074 (13.2%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 50.8% European/Pākehā, 5.0% Māori, 3.6% Pacific peoples, 44.3% Asian, and 3.2% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 52.1%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 49.9% had no religion, 34.2% were Christian, and 10.5% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 2,037 (31.3%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 753 (11.6%) people had no formal qualifications. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 3,174 (48.8%) people were employed full-time, 930 (14.3%) were part-time, and 228 (3.5%) were unemployed.[1]


Prior to the construction of the marina complex in 1967 the muddy bay was known first as Hancock's Bay, after the Hancock family which farmed in the area, and then as Camp Bay due to the establishment of the King George V Health Camp.[2] Beneath the sandy top layer was a deep layer of fine quality pottery clay that was collected for the Pakuranga College art department and stored under the art department building in 1967.

The temporary edges of the land fill were created with the concrete debris from the old Panmure Bridge which was demolished at the time the land fill was being created. Prior to the establishment of the marina the bay was very isolated with only eight houses and the Half Moon Bay Health Camp on the southwest headland.


Pakuranga College is a coeducational secondary school (years 9-13) with a roll of 2062 as of March 2022.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Half Moon Bay West (147800), Half Moon Bay North East (148800) and Half Moon Bay South East (149300). 2018 Census place summary: Half Moon Bay West 2018 Census place summary: Half Moon Bay North East 2018 Census place summary: Half Moon Bay South East
  2. ^ "History of Howick, Pakuranga and surrounding areas". Howick Welcome Guide. Howick and Pakuranga Times. 11 April 2005. Archived from the original on 20 February 2008.
  3. ^ "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 23 April 2022.
  4. ^ Education Counts: Pakuranga College

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Coordinates: 36°53′05″S 174°53′55″E / 36.8847°S 174.8987°E / -36.8847; 174.8987