Rothesay Bay takes its name from the small inlet into the Hauraki Gulf, accessed via Rothesay Bay road. It’s a small suburb which lies between Browns Bay to the north and Murrays Bay to the south. The beach reserve provides public access to the beach, and has a children’s playground and public toilets. The median sales price for a house in Rothesay Bay was $775,834 in August 2010.
There’s a small set of shops on the main road, with a focus on restaurants, as well as a bakery, superette and pharmacy. Restaurants in the village include Thai, British, Indian, Turkish and a wine bar / bistro that covers all the bases; takeaway bars serve Chinese, Thai and traditional roasts.
The area is zoned for Browns Bay Primary, Murrays Bay Intermediate and Rangitoto College.