Lower East Coast Bays

including Castor Bay, Campbells Bay, Mairangi Bay, Murrays Bay and Rothesay Bay

Suburb Specialists

Once the poor cousin of its glamour-puss southern neighbours – especially Milford and Takapuna – this area has come into its own in recent years. Quite right, too, since it offers so much for families, with its excellent schools, safe, sandy beaches, and shops to suit every taste. The area’s laid-back residents claim it’s more demure than Takapuna and Milford. It’s certainly more affordable. There’s not a lot of space left for new building, but there’s plenty of evidence of old houses being given extreme makeovers or simply being replaced. One downside (of all suburbs on the shore) is the travel. Higher petrol prices and home offices don’t seem to be reducing the amount of traffic on the busy harbour bridge. But the memory of the traffic soon fades when you drop into one the pretty bays or stroll along the coastal walkway on a warm summer’s evening.

Who Lives There?

Those who move here fall in love with the place and are reluctant to leave. The community spirit is part of the area’s appeal, helped by geography that naturally creates little communities within the wider area that hugs the coastline north of the more sprawling suburbs of Milford and Takapuna. They’re also very outdoors orientated here with the focus on the beach, the surf club, walking and picnics. A large number of South Africans and Asians have settled here in recent years (Murrays Bay has a Korean Methodist Church), as much for the school zoning as for the quiet, restful appeal of the area.

Typical Homes

As many as two-thirds of East Coast Bays homes enjoy impressive outlooks. Throughout the bays, homes have been built to make the most of the picture-postcard eastern aspect and elevated topography with ridges and gullies leading down to the waterline. The houses are a more eclectic mix than the older areas of the North Shore, with architecturally designed homes, redevelopments, updates and well-maintained older homes. In Mairangi Bay, apartments add to the buzz of the village.

Population Profile


Aged Under 15 Years 19.61%
Aged Over 65 Years 11.06%
European 74.68%
Maori 3.06%
Pacific Peoples 0.87%
Asian 13.08%

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