Oriental Bay, Wellington

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Boasting sandy beaches and a bustling promenade, Oriental Bay represents one of Wellington's most fashionable and desirable neighborhoods. Soak up the lively atmosphere on a leisurely stroll before going for a paddle in the bay's clear blue waters. A much beloved fountain sits off shore, creating an impressive spectacle with its 16 m (52 ft) spray, while a disused wooden barge provides a welcome resting and sunning spot for swimmers. It's a good idea to bring a jacket with you on your visit as the bay can get very windy. Use our Wellington day trip planning app to arrange your visit to Oriental Bay and other attractions in Wellington.
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  • What a pretty place and we were fortunate we had a water view on the 7th floor of our hotel. Great place to walk around and restaurants nearby. Don't miss a visit and this is a better location to stay...  more »
  • There are a couple of cafes located right by the water as well as across the road. However, the most attractive option for us is to pack food and drinks laze on the beach (or park bench) for a picnic....  more »
  • The beach is beautiful, but the sea is full of dangerous waves (when we went there was only surfers on the beach) and the water is really cold! I was only in a view, that in itself is worth it!
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