Long Bay, New Zealand

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Long Bay
Looking south over Long Bay.jpg
CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityAuckland Council
Electoral wardAlbany ward
 • Total1,365
Okura (Hauraki Gulf)
Long Bay
(Hauraki Gulf)
Torbay Heights Torbay

Long Bay is a suburb of North Shore, part of the Auckland metropolitan area in northern New Zealand.[1]

The coastline is occupied by the Long Bay Regional Park, and the shoreline is in Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve, which opened in 1995. The beach is sandy and swimming is safe. It offers forest walks and scenic cliffs.[2] This beach has low tide water.[3][4] Smaller beaches to the north, accessible except at high tide, are used by nudists.[5] The Vaughan Homestead is a historic house at the north end of the beach. It is open fortnightly to the public.[6]


A small Māori community of Ngāti Kahu lived at Long Bay, then called Te Oneroa, until the 1850s. The Vaughan family bought 600 hectares and farmed sheep from 1862 until selling their land to the Auckland Regional Council in 1965 to form the park.[5] A gun emplacement was built on the coast north of the park to defend against invasion by Japanese forces during the Second World War. Remnants of the emplacement still exist.[6]

Areas of farmland above Long Bay Regional Park were protected from development by an Environment Court ruling in July 2008.[7][8] There is significant development of housing as of 2014 under the Auckland Council's Unitary Plan.[9]


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: [10]

Long Bay had a population of 1,365 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 1,182 people (645.9%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 1,218 people (828.6%) since the 2006 census. There were 414 households. There were 672 males and 693 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.97 males per female. The median age was 35.3 years, with 282 people (20.7%) aged under 15 years, 282 (20.7%) aged 15 to 29, 687 (50.3%) aged 30 to 64, and 111 (8.1%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 48.1% European/Pākehā, 2.2% Māori, 1.1% Pacific peoples, 49.5% Asian, and 3.3% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 64.6%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 57.1% had no religion, 33.2% were Christian, and 5.7% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 411 (38.0%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 84 (7.8%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $38,700. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 546 (50.4%) people were employed full-time, 186 (17.2%) were part-time, and 30 (2.8%) were unemployed.[10]


Long Bay College is a secondary (years 9-13) school with a roll of 1477 students.[11][12] The college celebrated its 25th jubilee in 2000.[13] Long Bay School is a contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a roll of 486 students.[11][14] Both schools are coeducational. Rolls are as of November 2020.


  1. ^ Gregory's Auckland & Surrounds Street Directory (3rd ed.). 2008. p. map 39. ISBN 978-0-7319-2048-8.
  2. ^ Long Bay Beach at travelaol.com
  3. ^ Photo of low tide water
  4. ^ Long Bay beach at trampingtracks.co.nz
  5. ^ a b Ewen Cameron, Bruce Hayward and Graeme Murdoch (1997). A Field Guide to Auckland: Exploring the Region's Natural and Historic Heritage. p. 132. ISBN 1-86962-014-3.
  6. ^ a b "Long Bay". Auckland Regional Council. Archived from the original on 5 January 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Thompson, Wayne (21 July 2008). "Court ruling delights Long Bay park group". The New Zealand Herald.
  8. ^ "Outcome From the Environment Court". Long Bay Okura Great Park Society. November 2008 newsletter. Retrieved 22 January 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Gibson, Anne (2 August 2014). "Long Bay development starts to rise". The New Zealand Herald.
  10. ^ a b "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Long Bay (116500). 2018 Census place summary: Long Bay
  11. ^ a b "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  12. ^ Education Counts: Long Bay College
  13. ^ "Jubilees & reunions - Long Bay College". Education Gazette New Zealand. 78 (5). 29 March 1999.
  14. ^ Education Counts: Long Bay School

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Coordinates: 36°41′05″S 174°44′57″E / 36.68472°S 174.74917°E / -36.68472; 174.74917