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Gulf Harbour
Basic information
Local authority Auckland Council
Population 5,598 (2018)
North (Whangaparaoa Bay)
Northeast Army Bay
East Okoromai Bay
South (Hauraki Gulf)
Southwest Matakatia
West Tindalls Beach

Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'strict' not found. Gulf Harbour is a development some 4 km from the end of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, towards the northern end of Auckland, New Zealand. It has one of the country's largest marinas, one of the country's top golf courses, and is regarded as a retreat for Auckland's well-off. The site is also known as Hobbs Bay, and was sold in the early seventies by landowners, the Hobbs family, who still retain some of the coastal area including the Hobbs Bay beach.

A ferry service operates between Gulf Harbour and downtown Auckland.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2006 3,294 —    
2013 4,302 +3.89%
2018 5,598 +5.41%
Gulf Harbour
View from the east at head of the harbour 2014

Gulf Harbour, comprising the statistical areas of Gulf Harbour North and Gulf Harbour South, had a population of 5,598 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 1,296 people (30.1%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 2,304 people (69.9%) since the 2006 census. There were 2,028 households. There were 2,814 males and 2,784 females, giving a sex ratio of 1.01 males per female, with 1,191 people (21.3%) aged under 15 years, 798 (14.3%) aged 15 to 29, 2,709 (48.4%) aged 30 to 64, and 903 (16.1%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 83.0% European/Pākehā, 5.5% Māori, 2.1% Pacific peoples, 14.4% Asian, and 3.2% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 46.7%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 49.5% had no religion, 38.6% were Christian, and 5.3% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 1,131 (25.7%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 519 (11.8%) people had no formal qualifications. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 2,238 (50.8%) people were employed full-time, 600 (13.6%) were part-time, and 129 (2.9%) were unemployed.


Gulf Harbour School is a primary (years 1-6) school with a roll of 368 students.

Wentworth College is a secondary (years 7-13) school with a roll of 195 students. It is a private school which opened in 2003. Wentworth Primary School is a private primary school which opened in February 2008 on the same site. It has a roll of 54 students.

All three schools are coeducational. Rolls are as of July 2016.

Gulf Harbour marina
view of the marina from the passenger ferry jetty 2014

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