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Oriental Bay Beach

This attractive beach is popular for swimming and is only a few minutes’ walk from the city center.

Walk, swim, sunbathe and picnic at Wellington’s popular Oriental Bay Beach. Locals consider this area to be Wellington’s own little Riviera. Its sandy expanse and long promenade are surrounded by some of the most prestigious and expensive real estate in the city.

Oriental Bay Beach is considered safe for swimmers. The shore slopes gently into the ocean and swimmers have to go some way offshore before the water is neck-deep.

Sit back and take in the views that include the northern hills in the distance and the Carter Memorial Fountain. This water feature sits in the middle of the bay and was a gift to the city from local resident Hugh Carter. Wander by the waterfront or along Oriental Parade, the paved promenade that borders the beach. Quicken your pace with rollerblades or skates, which you can rent from nearby stores. If there are several people in your party consider renting a crocodile bike, a covered four-wheeled bicycle. The smaller size of the bike can carry up to five people and the large size can carry up to eight.

Let the kids jump, climb and slide at the children’s playground at the western end of the beach. It’s next door to Freyberg Pool, which has an 82-feet (25-meter) main pool and a heated indoor toddlers’ pool.

Enjoy a meal or light refreshments at one of the cafés or restaurants. The range of dining options includes a restaurant on a tug boat and fine-dining eateries.

Being so close to the city center, Oriental Bay Beach is easy to get to on foot or by bus. If you are planning to drive, there are parking bays by the promenade and a car park beside Freyberg Pool. The beach facilities include toilets, and there is wheelchair access to the adjacent Freyberg beach.


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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 Pacific Islands, Old Government Buildings and Wellington Central Business District. Beehive and Wellington Waterfront are also within 5 minutes. Wellington Station is only a 3-minute walk.

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    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 steps away from Pacific Islands and Oriental Parade. Wellington Central Business District and Wellington Waterfront are also within 5 minutes. Wellington Station is 24 minutes by foot.

      QT Wellington £108
      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 Pacific Islands, 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 £60
        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 Pacific Islands, 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 £75
          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 £70
            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 away 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 £32
              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 £62
                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 away from Pacific Islands, Wellington Central Business District and Oriental Parade. Courtenay Place and Wellington Waterfront are also within 5 minutes. Wellington Station is 23 minutes by foot.