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Basic information
Local authority Auckland
Electoral ward Albany Ward
Local board Hibiscus and Bays Local Board
Coordinates 36°41′44″S 174°45′07″E / 36.69556°S 174.75194°E / -36.69556; 174.75194
Population 4,305 (2018)
Postcode(s) 0630
North Long Bay
Northeast (Hauraki Gulf)
East (Hauraki Gulf)
Southeast (Hauraki Gulf)
South Waiake
Southwest Northcross
West Torbay Heights
Northwest Dairy Flat

Torbay is a northern suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. It is located on the city's North Shore, and is governed by Auckland Council. The name Torbay comes from the area of the same name in the south east of Devon, England, and from the Tor, a presque-isle at the north end of Waiake Beach that becomes an island at high tide.

Attractions in the area include Long Bay Regional Park which attracts over a million visitors each year. There are also a number of smaller public beaches (Waiake, Torbay Beach, Winstone's Cove, Ladder Bay), which are highly accessible and utilised both for swimming, and mooring small yachts.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2006 3,942 —    
2013 4,065 +0.44%
2018 4,305 +1.15%
Torbay beach Beach at sunrise on Beach Road looking out towards the tor
Torbay beach at sunrise

Torbay had a population of 4,305 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 240 people (5.9%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 363 people (9.2%) since the 2006 census. There were 1,524 households. There were 2,112 males and 2,193 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.96 males per female. The median age was 41.9 years, with 789 people (18.3%) aged under 15 years, 783 (18.2%) aged 15 to 29, 2,019 (46.9%) aged 30 to 64, and 714 (16.6%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 86.1% European/Pākehā, 4.9% Māori, 2.6% Pacific peoples, 11.2% Asian, and 2.2% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 43.8%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 53.1% had no religion, 36.7% were Christian, and 4.2% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 1,071 (30.5%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 333 (9.5%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $38,000. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 1,779 (50.6%) people were employed full-time, 606 (17.2%) were part-time, and 102 (2.9%) were unemployed.


Torbay Primary School is a coeducational contributing primary (years 1 - 6) school with a roll of 576 students as at April 2023. It was established in 1954. In 2019, students of Torbay School taught younger tamariki Te Reo and sign language during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week).

Notable residents

  • Willis Thomas Goodwin Airey, historian
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