Location: Miramar Peninsula, Karaka Bay / Massey Roads
Suitable for: Swimming
Brief description: This popular sandy inner-harbour bathing beach has a large grassed area and is sheltered from the northerly wind. It is a great place to soak up the sun and watch ships entering and leaving the harbour.
Parking: Plenty of angle parking
Toilets and changing facilities: Available in the Scorching Bay pavilion - there's also a paved outdoor shower area in front; closed 1 June - 31 August
Accessibility: An access ramp to the beach and mobility parks near the changing rooms
Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on the beach at any time
Features: Landscaping work includes native plantings under pohutukawa trees, around buildings, and by the roadside. There's a playground rope-climbing structure and a popular cafe nearby. A path across the road by the turnaround area climbs up into the regenerating bush.
History: An upgrade to the area was carried out in 2008 and funded through the Plimmer Bequest. The upgrade beautified the open grass areas to improve pedestrian access and minimise erosion, and added the rope-climbing structure and three mobility parks.