Freemans Bay

Freemans Bay is the name of a former bay and now the inner-city suburb of Auckland Central, New Zealand.

Freemans Bay used to be an impoverished and sometimes disreputable quarter, it is now one of the most affluent areas of the city, with numerous industrial and residential areas of the attractive neighbourhood known for its mix of historic homes and more modern single-storey buildings.

At the 2018 New Zealand census, Freemans Bay had a population of 4,407 with 1,920 households.

Notable Landmarks

Victoria Park Market

The Victoria Park Market is a cluster of galleries, offices, dining and retail shops, and a gym and Pilates Studio in Freemans Bay. The place is situated in a former waste disposal and incinerator complex.

Victoria Park

Victoria Park is a park and sports ground in Freemans Bay opened in 1905. The park has a large field for cricket and rugby, and a children’s playground.

Birdcage Hotel

The Birdcage, called the Rob Roy Hotel when it was built in 1885-1886 on the original quayside, is one of the oldest establishments in Freemans Bay. Today, it is declared a heritage building, noted for its cultural importance by the Auckland City Council.

Local Schools

Freemans Bay School is a co-educational primary school. Auckland Girls’ Grammar School, Catholic St. Paul’s College, and St. Mary’s College are nearby secondary schools. 


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