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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.


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Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay NZ$134
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. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Courtenay Place are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 25 minutes by foot.

    DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington NZ$168
    DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington

    DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington

    Corner of Lambton Quay and Grey Street, 28 Grey Street, Wellington, NZ
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Wellington hotel is located in the shopping district, just steps away from Lambton Quay and Wellington Central Business District. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Wellington Waterfront are also within 15 minutes. Wellington Station is 9 minutes by foot.

      QT Wellington NZ$169
      QT Wellington

      QT Wellington

      90 Cable Street, Wellington
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

        Mercure Wellington Central City Hotel and Apartments NZ$92
        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. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Wellington Waterfront are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 18 minutes by foot.

          InterContinental Wellington NZ$199
          InterContinental Wellington

          InterContinental Wellington

          2 Grey Street, Wellington
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Wellington, this luxury hotel is steps away from Lambton Quay, Wellington Central Business District and Wellington Waterfront. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Cuba Street Mall are also within 15 minutes. Wellington Station is 10 minutes by foot.

            Oaks Wellington Hotel NZ$145
            Oaks Wellington Hotel

            Oaks Wellington Hotel

            89 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington, Wellington
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Te Aro, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Courtenay Place, Cuba Street Mall and Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand). Michael Fowler Centre and Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station) are also within 1 mi (2 km). Wellington Station is 20 minutes by foot.

              Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman NZ$86
              Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman

              Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman

              169 Willis St, Wellington
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Te Aro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Wellington Central Business District and Cuba Street Mall. Wellington Waterfront and Courtenay Place are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 18 minutes by foot.

                Apollo Lodge Motel NZ$124
                Apollo Lodge Motel

                Apollo Lodge Motel

                49 Majoribanks Street, Wellington
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Wellington, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Wellington Central Business District, Oriental Parade and Wellington Waterfront. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Courtenay Place are also within 15 minutes. Wellington Station is 27 minutes by foot.