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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.


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Oaks Wellington Hotel AU$125
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.

    QT Wellington AU$148
    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 Waterfront and Wellington Central Business District. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Courtenay Place are also within 5 minutes. Wellington Station is 19 minutes by foot.

      James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor AU$128
      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.

        Rydges Wellington AU$138
        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. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and TSB Bank Arena are also within 15 minutes. Wellington Station is only a 3-minute walk.

          Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay AU$114
          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.

            ibis Wellington AU$88
            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. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and TSB Bank Arena are also within 15 minutes. Wellington Station is 6 minutes by foot.

              Novotel Wellington AU$110
              Novotel Wellington

              Novotel Wellington

              133 The Terrace, Wellington
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Wellington, this luxury hotel is steps from Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station) and Wellington Central Business District. Wellington Waterfront and TSB Bank Arena are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 10 minutes by foot.

                Travelodge Hotel Wellington AU$101
                Travelodge Hotel Wellington

                Travelodge Hotel Wellington

                2-6 Gilmer Terrace, Wellington
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Wellington, this hotel is steps away from Wellington Central Business District and Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station). TSB Bank Arena and Wellington Waterfront are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 14 minutes by foot.