Eastern Bays

including Mission Bay, Kohimarama, St Heliers, Orakei and Glendowie

Suburb Specialists

The Eastern Bays reflect all that is aspirational about Auckland – history, a sense of grandeur, an interesting demographic range and a social structure which embraces both old and new money. Living in the Eastern Bays carries unequivocal, unshakeable status for Aucklanders, and it’s all about lifestyle. The harbour views, the white sand beaches, the leafy bays offering delightful strolling...heck, even the drive to work in the city alongside the picturesque harbour is a pleasure. St Heliers, Glendowie, Mission Bay, Kohimarama and Orakei roll into one fabulous whole as the Eastern Bays, while retaining their own separate character and charm. The area is becoming even easier on the eye thanks to power and phone lines vanishing underground, the sand at St Heliers beach being topped up, and headlands being built to deflect coastal erosion.

Who Lives There?

Many residents are second or third generation owners – and the wiser ones fully appreciate they’re sitting on a goldmine. Newly wealthy Aucklanders, young professionals who grew up here as kids, professionals on transfer, and migrants aspire to live here as well. While it’s close to the CBD, the lifestyle is utterly distinct from inner-city living. Residents often move from bay to bay, or relocate from neighbouring suburbs. Older owners of large homes on big sections trade them in for apartments with sea views or to move to retirement complexes such as the Grace Joel Village in St Heliers or St Andrews Retirement Village in Glendowie. Kohimarama attracts both families and retired people with its facilities – locals enjoy being able to walk to the waterfront for casual strolls or more energetic runs, with superlative views of Rangitoto Island. Families love Glendowie for its larger sections: 800m², compared with the usual 600m² closer to Orakei. Mission Bay and Orakei are the locations to be seen in, and many choose to purchase in these suburbs for that reason alone. Bastion Pt is owned by the Ngati Whatua tribe, which hosts many cultural events including highly popular Kapa Haka concerts.

Typical Homes

The bays have every type of dwelling – from the opulent mansions of Orakei’s Paritai Dr to humble state housing in some pockets of the various bay suburbs. A number of ex-state homes have been privatised and now command premium prices for their location – the modest state houses along Kitemoana St in Orakei have some of the best sea views in the entire city. Apartments are increasingly becoming a feature of the Eastern Bays as developers pounce upon the last few remaining seafront sections on or near Tamaki Dr. The Eastern Bays are not really the place to look for character villas or bungalows; stucco-and-tile is far more common as are homes that have been given a rendered plaster update. A controversial new proposed apartment development on Orakei Peninsula remains just that – controversial. It has raised the ire of residents and its rocky passage through the consultation/consent process looks set to continue for some time yet.

Population Profile


Aged Under 15 Years 18.40%
Aged Over 65 Years 14.58%
European 73.01%
Maori 5.30%
Pacific Peoples 2.39%
Asian 9.14%