Herne Bay

Herne Bay is an affluent suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. It is located on the southwestern shore of the Waitemata Harbour to the west of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. It is known for its extensive harbour views, marine villas and Edwardian age homes. Herne Bay has been a prosperous area since the 1850s due to its outlook over Waitemata Harbour. It continues to be an exclusive suburb, as it ranked as the most expensive suburb in New Zealand in 2021 it again topped rankings of the most expensive suburbs in New Zealand, with a median property value of $3.25 million.

Affluent Herne Bay has an upmarket shopping scene along Jervois Road, with high-end boutiques selling Kiwi designer fashions and specialist stores dealing in New Zealand wines and chocolate. Upscale seafood bistros, steakhouses and trendy suburban cafes are popular for al fresco lunches and romantic dinners. Quiet residential streets end at small, secluded beaches on Sentinel Road and Home Bay.

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Herne Bay Beaches

A string of exquisite little beaches line the shores of Herne Bay, one of Auckland’s most desirable and expensive suburbs.

Despite the real estate—the home that dominates Sentinel Road Beach recently went for $24 million—there’s an egalitarian feel to these charming gems and each has its own personality.

Hamilton and Cremorne beaches have the clearest water at high tide—but the sandy shore also disappears, so throw your towel on a low-hanging pohutukawa branch and jump in. Hipsters drinking craft beer pack into popular Sentinel Road, while Herne Bay and Home Bay have a little more room to move around and spread out a picnic blanket.

Western Park

Salisbury playground has a wonderful mix of equipment perfect for smaller children, particularly preschool kids or younger.

The swings and slides are just the right size for little ones, and there’s a sandpit and even height-measuring equipment so kids can check how big they’ve grown since their last visit.

There’s room for bigger kids to play or relax, as the bark and astroturf surface of the playground is surrounded by an open grass space perfect for games.

Salisbury Park is situated at the end of a cul-de-sac on Salisbury Street. On-street parking is available.

Point Erin Pools

Point Erin Pool is a historic facility located in the heart of Herne Bay.

The Point Erin Pools are only open during the summer season (November to March) as it’s a large outdoor pool.

Not only can you soak up the sunshine, you also get to soak up the views of the Harbour Bridge. Over the last 50 years, families have enjoyed swimming, relaxing and diving into a range of pools.

The iconic pool complex is the place for family fun during summer, with an outdoor competition pool and dive pool, hydroslides, spa, toddlers’ pool and family basketball court.


The schools listed below are located in the suburb of Herne Bay. However, it is important to note that not all houses in Herne Bay are zoned for these schools. It will depend on the enrolment map. To confirm boundaries or other details, and for assistance with enrolling, you should contact the school concerned. 

Bayfield Primary School

Years 1-6   |   Co-Educational   |   Website

Ponsonby School

Years 1-6   |   Co-Educational   |   Website

Freemans Bay School

Years 1-6   |   Co-Educational   |   Website

Ponsonby Intermediate

Years 7-8   |   Co-Educational   |   Website

Auckland Girls Grammar School

Years 9-13   |   Girls   |   Website

Western Springs College

Years 9-13   |   Co-Educational   |   Website

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