Torbay is an Auckland suburb of the North Shore, located about 10 kilometres from central area of the North Shore. The name Torbay comes from the area of the same name in the south east of Devon, England and is derived from the small island that is a peninsular (a Tor) at low tide at Waiake Beach.
Torbay is a beautiful suburb on the coast and adjoins Long Bay Regional Park, which brings in over 1 million tourists a year. Torbay has a range of small safe public swimming beaches and a substantial town area, including a community centre, two doctors’ clinics, a supermarket and shopping and dining opportunities.
There are four takeaway food stores selling fish and chips, Chinese food and sushi; one roast shop; one Thai and two Indian restaurants; a cafe; and three bakeries. Local Businesses include Four Square; Torbay Dairy down the road; Video Ezy; the Torbay Community Association; four hairdressers; a dentist; two doctor's clinics; two physiotherapists; beauty therapy; Thai massage; pharmacy; free range butcher; green grocer; liquor store; a dog grooming parlour; Barfoot & Thompson Real Estate, an op-shop, a church office and there are two ATMs. There are also three kindergartens, a playcentre, three primary schools and Long Bay College.
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.
*source: wikipedia, qv.co.nz