Rothesay Bay

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Rothesay Bay
Rothesay Bay Beach with Rangitoto Island in the distance in the Hauraki Gulf
Rothesay Bay Beach with Rangitoto Island in the distance in the Hauraki Gulf
Coordinates: 36°43′15″S 174°45′03″E / 36.72083045°S 174.75083033°E / -36.72083045; 174.75083033Coordinates: 36°43′15″S 174°45′03″E / 36.72083045°S 174.75083033°E / -36.72083045; 174.75083033
CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityAuckland Council
Electoral wardAlbany ward
Local boardHibiscus and Bays Local Board
 • Total2,886
Northcross Browns Bay
Rothesay Bay
Hauraki Gulf
Pinehill Murrays Bay

Rothesay Bay is a small suburb in Auckland's East Coast Bays region. The suburb is roughly the same size as Murrays Bay, the suburb to the immediate south.

The name is taken from the small inlet into the Hauraki Gulf, which can be accessed via Rothesay Bay Road. There is a rectangular piece of parkland adjoining the beach, alongside which is the Rothesay Bay Creek. To the north is situated Browns Bay, while to the south is Murray's Bay.

Rothesay Bay beach is in a wind funnel and gets a sea breeze.

It is currently under the local governance of the Auckland Council.


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

Rothesay Bay had a population of 2,886 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 180 people (6.7%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 273 people (10.4%) since the 2006 census. There were 960 households. There were 1,407 males and 1,482 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.95 males per female. The median age was 39.8 years, with 558 people (19.3%) aged under 15 years, 561 (19.4%) aged 15 to 29, 1,368 (47.4%) aged 30 to 64, and 399 (13.8%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 79.4% European/Pākehā, 4.7% Māori, 1.8% Pacific peoples, 17.9% Asian, and 2.9% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 43.0%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 57.7% had no religion, 33.9% were Christian, and 2.6% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 876 (37.6%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 165 (7.1%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $43,200. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 1,191 (51.2%) people were employed full-time, 420 (18.0%) were part-time, and 66 (2.8%) were unemployed.[1]

Notable residents[edit]

Chris Rankin who played Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter film series grew up in Rothesay Bay until he was 6 years old.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Rothesay Bay (119000). 2018 Census place summary: Rothesay Bay

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