Situated on the northern slopes of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, when Europeans arrived in the area only a few Maori were in occupation. By 1864 the Ngati Kahu had sold much of the land, and European settlers were farming in Stanmore Bay. The Glanville homestead from this time still stands and the final resting place for a few early residents can be found in a small cemetery, tucked away at the eastern end of the beach.
Whangaparaoa means whale bay and dolphins and whales can be spotted regularly in this part of the peninsula. Stanmore Bay is popular year-round, providing safe swimming and two boat ramps ensure easy access for fishing and other water-based activities. Numerous other sporting facilities are on hand – most notably the football and league playing fields and the Council-run Leisure Centre.
There are two co-ed schools. Stanmore Bay School (years 1-6) has a decile rating of 8 and as of July 2017 a roll of 606. Whangaparaoa College opened at the beginning of 2005, caters for secondary students (years 7-13), has a roll of 1440 and a decile rating of 9.
The suburb is a popular choice for residents. If you are looking to buy a home, there is a wide range of housing options, and in the year ending 31 July 2017, 189 houses sold in Stanmore Bay (based on REINZ statistics), ranging in price from $365,000 to $2,500,000. The area is well serviced by shops and other services and it’s not too far to the motorway, if you are commuting.
Stanmore Bay – it’s a great place to live!