5. Oriental Bay and Freyberg Bay
Last but not least, this central city spot is a must for every city-dwelling Wellingtonian.
The area takes its name from the sailing ship ‘Oriental’ that arrived in Wellington in 1840. At this time, Oriental Bay was described as a ‘dreary looking spot’ with few houses, steep hills and a narrow rocky shore.
This appearance changed first after the 1855 Wairarapa earthquake, and again in 2004 when a council project brought sand over from Golden Bay, Nelson to increase the sand area. Twice a year we relocate the sand to maintain the size and shape of the beach. You can learn more about the history of Oriental Bay on our website.
These two beaches host a bunch of attractions including the Carter Fountain, two wave platforms, a beautiful pōhutukawa tree, and a playground.
Watch out each Friday for a fun list of five great activities to do, places to explore, or things to discover in our awesome city.