Karaka Bays

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Karaka Bays
Suburb of Wellington City
Scorching Bay, part of Karaka Bays
Scorching Bay, part of Karaka Bays
CountryNew Zealand
CityWellington City
Electoral wardMotukairangi/Eastern Ward
 • Land67 ha (166 acres)
 (June 2021)[2]
 • Total1,590
Karaka Bays
Miramar Worser Bay

Karaka Bays is a suburb of Wellington, New Zealand. It lies on the northeast coast of the Miramar Peninsula, 6 km east-south-east of the city centre, and has an expansive view of Wellington Harbour. It takes its name from a New Zealand native tree, the karaka or New Zealand laurel.[3]

The suburb consists of residential properties close to the shores of two bays, Scorching Bay in the north and Karaka Bay in the south. Nearby suburbs are Miramar and Maupuia. Prominent features of Karaka Bays include the Scorching Bay Domain, a recreational park at the northern end of the suburb. The Cook Strait ferry passes the coast of Karaka Bay on its way between Picton and Wellington.

The area was historically connected with whaling - Coombe Rocks, a series of rocky islets off the coast, were used as a watching-place for cetaceans.[4] In recent years marine mammals have returned to the area, with seals commonly sighted along the coast and orca occasionally visible offshore.


Karaka Bay-Worser Bay statistical area, which includes Worser Bay, covers 0.67 km2 (0.26 sq mi).[1] It had an estimated population of 1,590 as of June 2021,[2] with a population density of 2,373 people per km2.

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: [5]

Karaka Bay-Worser Bay had a population of 1,503 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 60 people (4.2%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 84 people (5.9%) since the 2006 census. There were 594 households. There were 747 males and 756 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.99 males per female. The median age was 44.8 years (compared with 37.4 years nationally), with 273 people (18.2%) aged under 15 years, 207 (13.8%) aged 15 to 29, 777 (51.7%) aged 30 to 64, and 243 (16.2%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 91.0% European/Pākehā, 6.0% Māori, 2.0% Pacific peoples, 7.2% Asian, and 2.6% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 31.3%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 59.7% had no religion, 30.3% were Christian, 1.2% were Hindu, 0.2% were Muslim, 1.2% were Buddhist and 2.0% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 645 (52.4%) people had a bachelor's or higher degree, and 78 (6.3%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $60,300, compared with $31,800 nationally. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 669 (54.4%) people were employed full-time, 183 (14.9%) were part-time, and 45 (3.7%) were unemployed.[5]


  1. ^ a b "ArcGIS Web Application". statsnz.maps.arcgis.com. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Population estimate tables - NZ.Stat". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 22 October 2021.
  3. ^ Reed, A.W. (1975) Place names of New Zealand. Wellington: A.H. & A.W. Reed. p. 203
  4. ^ Wise's New Zealand guide (1969) Dunedin: H. Wise & Co. p. 115
  5. ^ a b "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Karaka Bay-Worser Bay (254600). 2018 Census place summary: Karaka Bay-Worser Bay

Coordinates: 41°18′12″S 174°49′52″E / 41.30333°S 174.83111°E / -41.30333; 174.83111