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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  • After a leisurely lunch on a hot winters day ( surprise) with great friends we did an ice cream stroll along oriental parade with friends , great views and amenities good old Wellington at its best  more »
  • Sometimes you just want to get away from the hustle and bustle in the city and relax by the seaside. Oriental Bay is the perfect place if you're not prepared to travel far. It's within short walking d...  more »
  • I love Oriental bay - great place for walking, sitting in a cafe - looking out across the Harbour. Great view of the whole city. Loads of locals and tourists enjoy this area.  more »

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