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Oriental Parade, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
+64 4-802 4860
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

Not your usual review, but I hope it helps someone. Like many, I travelled in my own car, and upon reaching the capital, felt burdened with looking for a free place to park for a few nights, while I stay in a nearby hostel. Evans...More

10  Thank Colin R
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 28 January 2015

Seen one innercity VERY small beach, seen them all! See more activity on Bondi, Repulse bay, St Kilda,& even St Claire But, better than Caroline bay, Friendly Bay Drive past slowly, BLINK & U MISS it!

2  Thank pieata
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All reviews sunny day oriental parade city beach lovely beach great place to walk inner city water front beautiful walk wellington city cafes fountain joggers swimmers playground eis homes foreshore
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Unfortunately, the fountain wasn't working when I walked around here but the rest of the bay is beautiful for the houses, the water and the history, which is signposted along the way. It's rather reminiscent of walking along an English seaside.

Thank Debbie T
Reviewed 4 days ago

Oriental Bay is a lovely area with hotels overlooking the bay and cafes as well. It is a very place to stroll on a good day.

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 1 week ago

If we are visiting Wellington on a sunny day we usually take a stroll down Oriental Bay. One of my favorite brunches is across the road, and with the ongoing development of the other nearby waterfront areas, it just gets better. Roadside parking is sometimes...More

Thank GerryKNZ
Reviewed 1 week ago

I really like it when summer starts. It is beautiful and sunny and you can stop for an ice-cream. Try the one from Caffe Eis they are made with real fruits so much tastier

Thank nathalierp2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

No city like it on a good day! Today was one of those and it sparkled - great cafes and ice creams nearby.

Thank PeanutWellington
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

great location and stunning beach. 2 playgrounds, plenty of cafes. can walk along the side of the bay or take a crocodile bike for a spin. you can see plenty of people skating around the walkway. a good atmosphere all round with plenty to see...More

Thank Gemma R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great place for a walk when sunny and in the summer. In the warmer seasons you’ll see a lot people running, biking, going for walks and hanging on the beach. The beach itself is average. Not a huge place for a lot of people...More

Thank jamuele
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was very relaxing walking around and enjoying the interface of nature and the city development. Lovely golden sand, beach huts, stone walls all enhance the experience

Thank gorgle
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

great place to enjoy cafes or relax on beach plenty of parking spaces if you purchase a coupon road works at the moment but still park if early enough

Thank debbiejs18
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Such a lovely place to walk my dog. It's also my daily commute to work when it's not raining. When still and the fountain is going it's really beautiful.

Thank kjnzla
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