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Oriental Bay Beach

Swim, skate or simply sit back and relax at this sandy beach just minutes from Wellington city centre.

Wellington's Oriental Bay Beach is regarded by many as the city's own miniature Riviera. With one of the most prestigious addresses and some of the finest houses in the capital, the beach and promenade of Oriental Bay are well worth a visit. Oriental Bay Beach is also within easy walking distance of the city centre, so there really is no excuse for missing out.

Swimming is a popular activity here. The gentle slope out to sea makes it very safe, with swimmers having to travel quite far from the shoreline before they are out of their depth.

If swimming's not for you, you could always just relax on a chosen spot in the sand and admire the view. Gaze out to the Carter Memorial Fountain in the centre of the bay, framed by the northern mountains behind.

Take a walk along the promenade to soak in the buzz of the beachside area, or rent skates from one of the nearby shops for something a little faster. Groups can rent a four-seater or eight-seater covered bike along the promenade too. These are known as crocodile bikes and can be a fun alternative to walking!

Head to the western end of the beach to find the children's playground. This is located right next to the Freyberg swimming pool, with its 25-metre main pool and heated indoor paddling pool for younger children.

After all that activity, you're bound to have worked up an appetite. There are plentiful eating options along the beach and promenade. With everything from a restaurant on a tug boat to fine local cuisine, visitors to Oriental Bay are spoilt for choice.

As it's located so close to the city centre, the easiest way to get to Oriental Bay Beach is to walk. However, for those who choose to drive, there is parking by the promenade and adjacent to Freyberg Pool. There are toilet facilities at the beach, and there is also wheelchair access to nearby Freyberg Beach.

Make the most of your time spent at Oriental Bay Beach. Here is a list of some of the most popular things to do:

Trying out a Full-Day Bicycle Rental in Wellington will make your visit to this famed attraction a memorable event!

If you're looking for more options, have a look at our Wellington things to do page.


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Oaks Wellington Hotel NZ$160
Oaks Wellington Hotel

Oaks Wellington Hotel

9 Courtney Place, Te Aro, Wellington, Wellington
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Te Aro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Courtenay Place, Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Cuba Street Mall. Mount Victoria Lookout and Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station) are also within 1 mi (2 km). Wellington Station is 23 minutes by foot.

    Rydges Wellington NZ$179
    Rydges Wellington

    Rydges Wellington

    75 Featherston St, Wellington
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Wellington, this luxury hotel is steps away from Old Government Buildings, Wellington Central Business District and Wellington Waterfront. Beehive and St Paul's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is only a 3-minute walk.

      ibis Wellington NZ$114
      ibis Wellington

      ibis Wellington

      153 Featherston St, Wellington
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Wellington, this hotel is steps away from Lambton Quay, Wellington Central Business District and Wellington Waterfront. Old Government Buildings and Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station) are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 6 minutes by foot.

        Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay NZ$143
        Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay

        Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay

        100 Oriental Parade, Oriental Bay, Wellington
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Oriental Bay, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oriental Parade, Wellington Central Business District, and Wellington Waterfront. Courtenay Place and Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 24 minutes by foot.

          QT Wellington NZ$199
          QT Wellington

          QT Wellington

          90 Cable Street, Wellington
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Wellington hotel is located in the business district, steps away from Waitangi Park, Wellington Central Business District and Wellington Waterfront. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Courtenay Place are also within 5 minutes. Wellington Station is 19 minutes by foot.

            Mercure Wellington Central City Hotel and Apartments NZ$112
            Mercure Wellington Central City Hotel and Apartments

            Mercure Wellington Central City Hotel and Apartments

            130 Victoria Street, Wellington
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Te Aro, this hotel is steps away from Cuba Street Mall and Wellington Central Business District. Civic Square and Courtenay Place are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 18 minutes by foot.

              QT Wellington Apartments NZ$251
              QT Wellington Apartments

              QT Wellington Apartments

              90 Cable Street, Wellington
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Te Aro, this luxury hotel is steps away from Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand), Wellington Central Business District and Wellington Waterfront. Courtenay Place and Oriental Parade are also within 5 minutes. Wellington Station is 19 minutes by foot.

                West Plaza Hotel NZ$135
                West Plaza Hotel

                West Plaza Hotel

                110 Wakefield Street, Wellington
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Te Aro, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Wellington Town Hall, Michael Fowler Centre and Civic Square. City Gallery Wellington and The Opera House are also within 5 minutes. Wellington Station is 16 minutes by foot.