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Browns Bay and the beach from above.
Basic information
Local authority Auckland Council
Electoral ward Albany Ward
(Hibiscus and Bays Local Board)
Coordinates 36°42′55″S 174°45′00″E / 36.7152°S 174.7500°E / -36.7152; 174.7500
Population 9,996 (2018)
North Waiake
Northeast (Hauraki Gulf)
East (Hauraki Gulf)
Southeast (Hauraki Gulf)
South Rothesay Bay
Southwest Murrays Bay
West Northcross
Northwest Torbay Heights

Browns Bay is one of the most northernmost suburbs in the contiguous Auckland metropolitan area, located in the North Shore. It is located in the East Coast Bays area, a string of small suburbs that form the northernmost part of the North Shore of Auckland.

Browns Bay is under the local governance of the Auckland Council, and is located in the Albany ward, one of thirteen administrative areas in the council.

The population was 4,239 in the 2013 census, an increase of 261 from 2006.

Browns Bay is also the exact Antipode of Benaoján in Spain.


Peter Brown, after whom the bay is named, bought 136 acres of bush and scrub there in 1876. He built his house on what is now the corner of Clyde Road and Anzac Road. This house was destroyed by fire in 1930. He also built a manager's residence in 1886 overlooking his land (now Freyberg Park) at 33 Glencoe Road. This house still exists and is believed to be the oldest existing house in East Coast Bays.

Sport and recreation

Browns Bay beach, facing North
Browns Bay beach.

The East Coast Bays Barracudas rugby league club is based in Browns Bay.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2006 8,790 —    
2013 9,429 +1.01%
2018 9,996 +1.17%

Browns Bay, comprising the statistical areas of Browns Bay South West, Browns Bay Central, and Browns Bay South East, had a population of 9,996 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 567 people (6.0%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 1,206 people (13.7%) since the 2006 census. There were 3,417 households. There were 4,923 males and 5,073 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.97 males per female, with 1,818 people (18.2%) aged under 15 years, 1,986 (19.9%) aged 15 to 29, 4,806 (48.1%) aged 30 to 64, and 1,386 (13.9%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 68.6% European/Pākehā, 4.9% Māori, 1.8% Pacific peoples, 27.6% Asian, and 3.8% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 52.7%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 53.9% had no religion, 34.8% were Christian, and 5.0% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 2,556 (31.3%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 744 (9.1%) people had no formal qualifications. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 4,209 (51.5%) people were employed full-time, 1,224 (15.0%) were part-time, and 321 (3.9%) were unemployed.

Browns Bay beach at sunset


Browns Bay School is a contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a roll of 613 students as at April 2023. The school was established in 1888.

The Corelli International Academic School of the Arts was a private composite (years 1-13) school which ran specialist programs in visual arts, music, drama and dance as well as the general curriculum. It went into receivership in 2016.

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