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Oriental Bay Beach

A pristine beach perfect for swimmers and sunbathers, only a few minutes’ walk from the city centre.

Popular with locals and tourists, the Oriental Bay Beach is often referred to as Wellington's very own mini Riviera and when you see it for yourself, you’ll understand why. Take a stroll along its dazzling promenade, take a refreshing dip in the sea, or picnic and sunbathe on the pristine sands surrounded by some of the most prestigious properties you'll find anywhere in the region.

Lie back on the beach and enjoy the views of the northern hills and the Carter Memorial Fountain, which sits in the middle of the bay, as it has done since it was gifted to the city by local resident Hugh Carter. For something a little more fast-paced, hire a pair of rollerblades or skates, or maybe even a crocodile bike; a covered four-wheel bicycle which can carry between five and eight passengers.

A safe spot for swimmers, Oriental Bay Beach is blessed with a shore that slopes gently into the ocean. You’ll have to swim a fair way out to sea before the water comes up to your neck!

The beach is also ideal for children. They can burn off some excess energy and enjoy the rides in the children's playground, which you'll find located to the west side of the beach. Next door, you will find Freyberg Pool, which has a 25-metre main pool as well as a heated indoor pool designed for small children.

For a bite to eat, head for one of the area’s many cafés and restaurants. For something a bit different, you can even dine out on a tug boat or enjoy fine dining at one of the many great eateries.

You can easily reach Oriental Bay Beach on foot. It’s only a short distance from the heart of the city centre. There are also buses that will take you there. If you’re driving, you can park in the bays available by the promenade or find a spot in the car park located beside Freyberg Pool. The beach has toilet facilities and the adjacent Freyberg beach has wheelchair access.

Popular Activities at Oriental Bay Beach

Like to make your time spent at Oriental Bay Beach even more unique? Remember to try one or two of these things to do:

Want to know what other things there are to do at this fascinating attraction? Our suggestion would be purchasing a Full-Day Bicycle Rental in Wellington.

For many more things to do, check out our Wellington things to do page.


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Rydges Wellington AU$172
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 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.

    Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay AU$137
    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 AU$168
      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 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.

        ibis Wellington AU$107
        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 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.

          James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor AU$138
          James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

          James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

          147 The Terrace, Wellington
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Wellington hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of St Paul's Cathedral, Carter Observatory, and Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand). Old St Paul's and Botanic Gardens are also within 1 mi (2 km). Wellington Station is 10 minutes by foot.

            West Plaza Hotel AU$125
            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 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.

              The Cambridge Hotel AU$61
              The Cambridge Hotel

              The Cambridge Hotel

              28 Cambridge Terrace, Wellington
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Te Aro, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Embassy Theatre and Courtenay Place. St James Theatre and Waitangi Park are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 26 minutes by foot.

                Bay Plaza Hotel AU$114
                Bay Plaza Hotel

                Bay Plaza Hotel

                40 Oriental Parade, Wellington
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Oriental Bay, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Embassy Theatre, Wellington Central Business District, and Oriental Parade. Courtenay Place and Wellington Waterfront are also within 5 minutes. Wellington Station is 23 minutes by foot.