Northcote, New Zealand

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This article is about the Auckland suburb. There is also a suburb named Northcote in Christchurch.
Basic information
Local authority Auckland Council
Population 4,122 (2006)
North Northcote Central
Northeast Takapuna
East Shoal Bay
Southeast Waitemata Harbour
South Waitemata Harbour
Southwest (Waitemata Harbour)
West Birkenhead
Northwest Birkenhead

Northcote is a suburb of Auckland in northern New Zealand. It is situated on the northern shores of Waitemata Harbour, four km northwest of Auckland city centre. The suburb includes the peninsula of Northcote Point and the northern approaches to the Auckland Harbour Bridge.


In 1882, the St Heliers and Northcote Land Company was formed and some land in the area was subdivided. In 1889 a major subdivision was the result when the Bartley Estate was auctioned. Before the construction of the Harbour Bridge, the Northcote Wharf was heavily utilised by Auckland Harbour ferry services. After the bridge was opened in 1959, the number of ferry crossings fell and the Northcote Point peninsula became a quiet cul-de-sac. The wooden Northcote Tavern was once in the thick of things; it still stands but now surveys a quiet streetscape.

Features and landmarks[edit]

Northcote is surrounded by the suburbs of Birkenhead, Hillcrest and Takapuna to the west and north, and the waters of Shoal Bay, an arm of the Waitemata, to the south and east.[1] State Highway 1 stretches along the waterfront of Shoal Bay, heading north from the bridge towards Albany.

To the north of Northcote Point on one of the main routes leading to and from the Harbour Bridge is the Northcote Shopping Centre, which was developed in the early 1960s. It is now a multi-cultural retail hub featuring many Asian food outlets.[citation needed]


The population was 4,122 in the 2006 Census, an increase of 129 from 2001.[2]


Northcote College is a coeducational secondary (years 9-13) school with a decile rating of 9 and a roll of 1258.[3] It was established in 1877.[4]

During its early years, the College incorporated Standards five and six (Forms one and two) which were transferred to Northcote Intermediate School when that was established as a separate entity on its present site in Lake Road in 1958. Northcote Intermediate has now celebrated 50 years as a separate school. Close by to the Intermediate is Onepoto Primary School, which serves the central Northcote area.

Northcote Primary School is a coeducational contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a decile rating of 9 and a roll of 377.[5] It was established on its present site in 1918.[6] The Northcote area war memorial stands at the front of the school, on the corner of Lake and Onewa Roads.

St Mary's School is a primary school with a decile rating of 7 and a roll of 402.[7] It is a state integrated Catholic school, which provides education for both boys and girls in years 1-6, and for girls only in years 7-8.[8] It celebrated its 75th Jubilee in 2008.[9]

Hato Petera College is a state integrated Maori Catholic co-educational school for year 9-13 students. Established in 1928 and situated on 15 acres of land, the college offers full-time boarding for enrolled students.[10]

The North Shore campus of AUT is located on Akoranga Drive, Northcote.

Sport and recreation[edit]

Northcote is home to the Northcote Tigers rugby league club and the Northcote Birkenhead Rugby Union Sports Club.


  • The Heart of Colonial Auckland, 1865-1910. Terence Hodgson. Random Century NZ Ltd 1992.


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ The statistical area corresponding to Northcote is called "Northcote South". Quickstats about Northcote South
  3. ^ Te Kete Ipurangi schools database: Northcote College
  4. ^ "Celebrating 131 Years of Excellence". Northcote College. Archived from the original on 2007-05-10. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  5. ^ Te Kete Ipurangi schools database: Northcote School
  6. ^ "Our School". Northcote School. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  7. ^ Te Kete Ipurangi schools database: St Mary's School
  8. ^ "About Us". St Mary's School. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  9. ^ "75th Jubilee 2008". St Mary's School. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  10. ^ "Nau mai whakatau mai ki Hato Petera". Hato Petera College. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 

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Coordinates: 36°49′S 174°45′E / 36.817°S 174.750°E / -36.817; 174.750